OC Ken Whisenhunt says Chargers have to learn how to finish

CARSON, Calif. -- Ken Whisenhunt is a man with options.

With more than 29 years of NFL experience, including stints as a head coach for the Arizona Cardinals and the Tennessee Titans, Whisenhunt would have been welcome at a number of spots around the league.

Instead, the Georgia native chose to stay put when Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn indicated he wanted Whisenhunt to remain part of his staff.

Whisenhunt, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and special-teams coordinator George Stewart all were introduced to reporters at the Chargers’ new home, the StubHub Center, on Wednesday.

Lynn and the rest of his new coaching staff also drove by the team’s new headquarters in Costa Mesa before making their way north to Carson.

Whisenhunt said at this point of his career, relationships are important. He pointed to his positive working atmosphere with quarterback Philip Rivers and a budding chemistry with Lynn and the rest of the team’s coaching staff as reasons for staying with the Chargers.

“One of the things I know for sure about Anthony is he’s a tremendous person, because some of my closest friends in coaching have worked with him,” Whisenhunt said. “And we’ve had discussions about Anthony before outside of this environment. And you feel really good about that, so I think that was a big piece of it.”

With Whisenhunt, receivers coach Nick Sirianni, quarterbacks coach Shane Steichen and tight-ends coach John McNulty all remaining on the Chargers’ staff, the team should see continuity on offense.

However, Whisenhunt said, one of the things the Chargers must address is curbing turnovers and finishing games.

The Chargers led the league in turnovers last season with 35. And since the start of the 2015 season, the Chargers have a 7-18 record in games decided by eight points or less.

If the Chargers can get those issues cleaned up, Whisenhunt believes they can compete for an AFC West title.

“One of the things that was really exciting about our football team is even though our record wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be, there were a lot of games that we were in those games at the end,” Whisenhunt said.

“We’ve got to find a way to win those games. But one of the biggest things in this league is having the opportunity to do that. If we can get over that hump, we can flip our record and put us in position to make a run at our division, and obviously the playoffs. So that’s an exciting part of it.”

• Chargers chief marketing officer Kent Derrett also was part of the presentation to reporters. Derrett said Chargers season-ticket holders will have a dedicated guest-services representative assigned to them for the entire year to answer questions about their account, training camp, merchandise and community events.

Season-ticket holders also will have preferred access to the new Inglewood Stadium once those seats become available in 2019.

“We’re expecting tickets to go very quickly, and we don’t think there will be any single-game seats available this year,” Derrett said.