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Stubbornness ultimately sealed Ken Whisenhunt's fate

Ken Whisenhunt was fired by the Titans two days after the team suffered its sixth straight loss. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Multiple times I got strong indications from the Tennessee Titans that a coaching change wouldn’t happen during the season.

That tells me the Titans' firing of Ken Whisenhunt Tuesday morning signaled a change of heart from controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, who lives in Waller, Texas, near Houston, and didn’t have to travel far Sunday to watch another embarrassing performance by her team.

In a 20-6 loss to the Texans at NRG Stadium, we saw her and her nephew, Kenneth Adams IV, who works for the team in Nashville, watching a sixth consecutive loss unfold.

Whisenhunt posted a 3-20 record in his time with the Titans. As the offensive playcaller, his progression scheme simply didn’t work. Players never seemed to think it played to their strengths. He didn’t connect with fans in any big way, even before their feelings against him were based on his results.

Stubbornness was his biggest failure.

The offense was reactive, and he didn’t adapt. Big changes and creative solutions never showed themselves.

“You work hard in order to get a win, because there is nothing like that feeling, for everybody,” Whisenhunt said Monday. “Not just us. Not just the players, the fans, all of us. You do what you know is the right way to do it. You believe in what you are doing and you work hard. It hasn’t happened for us yet. But that doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen."

His belief in what he was doing was too strong. He needed to change what he was doing.

His unwillingness to do so meant he coached in Music City for only 23 games.