Adams: Fisher under contract for several more years

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 11:15pm
Bud Adams addressed the media after the Titans' first win of the season and said coach Jeff Fisher wasn't going anywhere. / Mike Strasinger for The City Paper

Two weeks ago after a 59-0 fiasco against the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams said he would evaluate Coach Jeff Fisher’s job status as the end of the season.

Strong words from the 86-year-old owner who had seen his team fall to 0-6.

But after Sunday’s rebound 30-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Adams had seemingly softened his stance on the league’s longest-tenured coach, who still has two more years to run on his current contract after this season.

“He’s under contract here for several years. We just don’t let guys go earlier than their contracts [when it comes to] coaches,” Adams said of Fisher.

The owner had exercised his authority during the week, urging Fisher and his staff to replace Kerry Collins with Vince Young. That move paid at least short-term dividends Sunday as Young completed 15 of 18 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown as the Titans took their first victory of the season.

Adams said he simply needed to see if Young, who has a $14.2 million cap hit next year, still fit into the team’s plans beyond this year.

“I talked to Coach Fisher and said Collins is not doing as well as I thought he should be doing and we’ve got to find out about Vince because his contract is coming up for renewal,” Adams said.
“We’ve got to find out how he has developed in the last two years. He hasn’t played that much. We’ve got to get him in and find out what he can do. Otherwise, we’re gonna have a high draft choice, and we’d better be looking for another quarterback.”

Secondary improvement

One area where the Titans were decidedly better on Sunday was in the secondary where Cortland Finnegan returned to the lineup, as did Vincent Fuller, plus veteran Rod Hood got the start.

The Titans had been shredded for 300-yard passing games in five of their first six games this year, including once by David Garrard, but the secondary and the defense as a whole stood its ground Sunday against the pass.

Both Finnegan and Hood picked off Garrard, who was held to 14 of 27 passing for 139 yards and was sacked three times.

Defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil admitted that having veterans on the outside helped the Tennessee defensive to dictate the tempo against Garrard.

“A great deal of the success tonight started outside for us tonight started with Rod and Cortland, things that we needed to take away from them offensively, and we needed that” Cecil said. “With that, we were able to do other things defensively.”

Linebacker Keith Bulluck said the Titans were able to do some things differently than the first meeting vs. the Jaguars.

“We changed a lot of things up on our defense. We brought a little more pressure. We gave him some different looks,” Bulluck said. “We just didn’t line up and let him do what he wanted to do. He didn’t have such an easy time to sit there. That’s how I think he passed for 300 yards. We didn’t do anything to deter him from passing for 300 last time.”

Big upgrade

Punter Brett Kern, claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos, proved to be a major improvement over Reggie Hodges in his first game with the Titans.

Kern punted four times and averaged 48.3 yards per punt with a net of 43.3. Kern put three punts inside the 20, something Hodges did just once in four games with Tennessee as a replacement for injured Craig Hentrich.

His efforts drew the praise of Fisher.

“He did a tremendous job today,” Fisher said. “To step in, in the middle part of the week like we did and leave his wife and new baby at home in 27 inches of snow in Denver, to come in and punt like that was pretty impressive.”

Sending a message

Titans receivers had been plagued by dropped passes when Kerry Collins was at quarterback. But Vince Young sent them a message before Sunday’s game – literally a text message.

“For the receivers, I texted each last one of them. I said we are going to need you all tonight. We are going to need you catching the ball and blocking downfield,” Young said.

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17 Comments on this post:

By: pauline on 11/1/09 at 11:36

i am 73 yr old lady.. who never watched foot ball..i didn't know one thing about it .. my 3 daughters are big titans fans !! i have begun watching it....i am really amazed how well chris johnson can run!!!
he brings a lot to the table ....vy did a great job today ....might ought give that ole boy a chance ....go titans!! i am proud of you ..
jeff fisher is a great coach ...... i will be watching every game now .
sincerely yours
pauline from smithville tn

By: jps13pat on 11/2/09 at 2:54

That's what I'm talking about Pauline!! Way to be! It's funny how the receivers caught balls for Vince that they were dropping for Kerry. There's just something about that kid that people like. He's a leader. It looked like the team was rallying behind Vince Young today. It was an awesome thing to see in the midst of an awful season.

By: blktenn on 11/2/09 at 6:56

Terry McCormick I bet you are sick........ I see you place your Vince Young article LAST!!!!!!!

Oh I forgot " IT"S NOT KERRY'S FAULT THE TITANS WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!""""""""""

By: titansfb on 11/2/09 at 8:48

Its not all Kerry's fault and I agree with jps13pat it is interesting they are catching VYs passes but dropped passes that KC put right in there hands. LIke they want to get rid of KC for some reason. Its not all VY though, the defense was on fire with the return of Finnegan and Fuller plus the new addition. I do however feel like VY was trying to steal the show and be a ball hog running it as much as he did.
Kerry never had a chance from the get go and just when things could be good they put VY in and he looks like a heroe. Happy its a win dont get me wrong, I just think KC has been done wrong and not given a fair chance.

By: TitansFan035 on 11/2/09 at 9:13

Keep Rod Hood and release Harper! That guy was all over the field yesterday! Tremendous defensive skills!

By: dargent7 on 11/2/09 at 9:25

titansfb: I'd hate to agree with your premise. If race is an issue, shut the organization down, today. Manning, Brees, Romo, Favre, Sanchez are all white, and win big time with black receivers, backs, tackles. I think the Titans recievers just plain stink, but were highly motivated Sunday because they knew if VY LOST, it would be a fiasco for Adams. The Titans HAD to win. We'll see how the next two-three games turn out with VY as the starter. That will be telling.

By: jwk6179 on 11/2/09 at 9:28

Its not all Kerry's fault and I agree with jps13pat it is interesting they are catching VYs passes but dropped passes that KC put right in there hands. LIke they want to get rid of KC for some reason. Its not all VY though, the defense was on fire with the return of Finnegan and Fuller plus the new addition. I do however feel like VY was trying to steal the show and be a ball hog running it as much as he did.

If you read this morning's Tennessean or watched last night's Sports Reports on television (especially Channel 5 and that joke of a show that George Plaster host) you would think it was all Vince Young. The show with George Plaster didn't even mention Chris Johnson's record setting day until the 3rd or 4th story of the show. Without Chris Johnson's two TD runs of 52 and 89 yards, the Titans would have only won 16-13. At least Terry McCormick stated that it was only ONE GAME and it doesn't mean anything if they go out to San Francisco next week and stink up the place.

By: TITAN1 on 11/2/09 at 9:29

titansfb, it wasn't all Kerry's fault but he has been given a fair chance. It was his team last year and the first six games this year. All Titans fans appreciate what he has done but at 0-6 and knowing Kerry is not the future it is time to see if VY is the future and he passed the first test.

By: TITAN1 on 11/2/09 at 9:36

Good morning, jw. If you took out Chris Johnson's two runs it would have been 16-13? If you took out Maurice Jones Drew's two touchdown runs it would have been 16-0. Bottom line is long touchdowns count in the score and stats.

By: jwk6179 on 11/2/09 at 9:46

TITAN1, leave it to you to take one of my comments out of context and make it soemthing it was not intended to be. I was not complaining about Chris Johnson's long TD runs. I was stating it would not have been the blow-out ti appears to have been without his long runs. But to hear George Plaster and Willie Daunic last night and the Tennessean this morning, Vince Young was RESPONIBLE for all the SCORING last night, WITH NO HELP FROM ANYONE!!!

By: jwk6179 on 11/2/09 at 9:56

I'm just saying that Vince Young is getting all the credit for yesterday's win by the BIGGEST MAJORITY of the Nashville Sports Media when in fact without Chris Johnson's big day and the blocked PAT by the Titans Defence, they may have not gotten the win yesterday.

By: TITAN1 on 11/2/09 at 9:56

Sorry, I didn't see that show but the stories I read in the Tennessean gave props all around. Although I may not have read all of them.

By: TITAN1 on 11/2/09 at 9:58

Well my view of the game is in one of the other stories here. I won't bore anyone by repeating it here.

By: JohnGalt on 11/2/09 at 10:28

"I won't bore anyone by repeating it here."

Thank you.

By: jps13pat on 11/3/09 at 1:08

I think a lot of you are taking the stories and reports out of context. Reporting on Vince Young more than they're reporting on Chris Johnson (is it because CJ is black, blktenn? oh wait, they're both black...) has nothing to do with who contributed more to the Titans win. Fact is Vince Young starting is the biggest story win lose or draw. In a season that's already over for the Titans, nobody really cares that Chris Johnson can run the ball. We already know that he can. So he helped us to our first victory and that's nice and all, but what does that really matter in the big picture? Getting further away from the #1 overall draft pick, that's all. At the end of the day, we all came to see if VY could hack it. At least in one game, the answer was yeah, he can hack it.

And for all of you who think that Kerry Collins is being "mistreated," are ya'll serious?? We were 0-6!? He's now had one good season with us and two awful ones (one season's a wash because VY started in its entirety).

By: jwk6179 on 11/3/09 at 4:15

I still don't think that Vince Young will be a Titan next year, no matter how he plays the rest of the season. From what I've heard the last several days, Vince Young"s CAP NUMBERS for next season will be in the NEIGHBORHOOD of $14 MILLION. Isn't that a little STEEP for a GAME MANAGER? I think you can a lot of JOURNEYMAN QBs to manage the game for about $10 MILLION less a season. For $14 to $15 MILLION a season, doesn't he need to put up Peyton Manning/Tom Brady/Brett Favre STATS? I just don't think Bud is going to pay a QB $14 MILLION a season for 125 Yards/Game!!!

By: jps13pat on 11/4/09 at 12:07

He'll stay as long as he wins games. Nobody cares what his stats are as long as he's giving us the W's. And let's face it, if we were serious about getting rid of Vince Young we would have made a much stronger push to get Jay Cutler when he was available.