With the firing of Jim Mora Jr. by the Falcons, Arthur Blank should look to the Steelers in their search for a new head coach. Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is a proven NFL assistant coach with a Super Bowl ring, and he has ties to Atlanta.
Whisenhunt primarily played tight end for Georgia Tech from 1981-1984; however, he filled in at QB for the Yellow Jackets in their upset win at Alabama in 1981. Their only win of the season.
Unlike Jim Mora, Jr. whose experience as a coordinator consisted of only two winning seasons in 5 years and a parade of stops for generally unsuccessful organizations; Whisenhunt has been around a winner at the pro level long enough to know what it takes to be successful. His Super Bowl ring will also command respect with the players.
More importantly, if the Falcons hire the guy, he can't rescue the Yellow Jackets when the Gailey Experiment finally ends.
Other articles on Whisenhunt:
-- A top candidate for the Raider last year - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
-- Tough guy for a tough job - Post-Gazette
-- Official bio -- Steelers site
The AJC lists the following as possible replacements for Mora:
- Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, Norm Chow
University of Louisville coach Bobby Petrino
Jim Caldwell, assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Indianapolis
Ron Rivera, defensive coordinator, Bears
Cam Cameron, offensive coordinator, Chargers
Mike Tomlin, defensive coordinator, Vikings
Mike Singletary, assistant head coach, LB coach, 49ers
Ken Whisenhunt, offensive coordinator, Steelers
Steve Mariucci, former Lions, 49ers head coach
University of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.