Fisher will keep job, remain Titans coach for the coming season

Friday, January 7, 2011 at 5:24pm

The other shoe did not drop.

Instead, the curtain fell Friday afternoon on the Tennessee Titans’ personnel drama when team owner Bud Adams announced he planned to retain Jeff Fisher, the winningest coach in franchise history.

“I appreciate all of our fans’ patience over the last week while I deliberated on the immediate future of the football team,” Adams said in a statement released by the team. “I have informed our senior management that Jeff Fisher will be our head coach next season.

“Jeff has meant a great deal to this franchise and we have reached some incredible heights under his leadership. Obviously, I have very high expectations for our football team and want to deliver a championship to our fans. Jeff understands this and shares my expectations. The results of his leadership have been some very good football teams and I believe he will get us back to an elite level.”

The decision came two days after Adams announced the team planned to cut ties with quarterback Vince Young.

This discord between Young and Fisher was a major story line for the team in the final third of the season and a critical issue this week as the team began offseason operations.

Fisher has one year remaining on his current contract and has said repeatedly in recent weeks that he intended to coach the Titans in 2011 and potentially beyond that.

He has a career record of 142-120 but has not won a playoff game since the 2003 and has missed out on the postseason in five of the last seven years.

“I feel like I’ve been the best coach for this team since I’ve been here,” he said earlier in the week. “I understand this team; I have a great relationship with Mr. Adams and [executive vice president] Steve [Underwood] and [general manager] Mike [Reinfeldt] and I think they understand the direction, they understand the difficulties that we’ve had and we’re all in this to do one thing and that is to get back to the playoffs and win a championship.”

15 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 1/7/11 at 4:32

Of course Fisher is keeping his job, he's not black like VY. The black man is ALWAYS the one to get let go first. RACISM dude.

By: FLeFew on 1/7/11 at 4:36

The last five years have been hampered by the owner (Bud) forcing VY on Fisher.

From the earliest days, it was apparent that Vince thought it was all about him. He never showed the qualities of a leader.

If Fisher is allowed to have a say in the choice of QB, he should excel.

By: FLeFew on 1/7/11 at 4:42

NewYorker1, you are correct it was about RACE.
If VY had been white, he would have been release two years ago.

By: serr8d on 1/7/11 at 4:44

From Bud's perspective (that of an older gent who desperately wants to win a Super Bowl) I think he's chosen correctly. To replace the head Coach would mean a couple more years of wilderness-wandering at least; years that Mr. Adams sees as precious.

Jeff Fisher, you should bust your arse to make sure you deliver. Mix things up; don't be afraid to learn new tricks, to try new ideas. Just don't become a Belicheat to do it.

By: serr8d on 1/7/11 at 4:45

Oh. Before I forget: NewYorker1, you are an idiot, and a disgraceful example of one at that.

By: richgoose on 1/7/11 at 4:49

NEWYORKER1........When it comes to athletic endeavor I see the black man or as some people refer the african/american as a leader in running,jumping,pummeling and quickness.

I see euro/americans as leaders in lying,cheating,thinking wisely,making money and selfish positions.

I know that our political people want these two groups to merge into the same culture but the chances of that happening as a whole are SLIM and NONE.

By: theone on 1/7/11 at 5:45

NEWYORKER1....Please do me and the rest of my people a favor, leave the race card out of it this time. VY brought that on himself and his momma defending him all the time ain't doing him no favors (excuse my language, I know it's horrible right now).

I still would have fired both of them....

By: Nitzche on 1/7/11 at 6:00

HELLO....Bud is 88 years old in a wheelchair with a blanket on his legs. He is lucky if he knows what season it is. The question is ? who is in charge? Bud wants to "put Blanda in"

By: bfra on 1/7/11 at 6:48

By: serr8d on 1/7/11 at 4:45
Oh. Before I forget: NewYorker1, you are an idiot, and a disgraceful example of one at that.

You got that one pegged! Total disgrace to both male & female.

By: GET REAL on 1/7/11 at 11:45

Get Real :
2011 will be another subpar year , the only difference is we won't have
VY around as our # 1 scrape goat . I for one can't wait to hear all the Fisher
supporters excuses a year from now , when the Titans miss the playoffs AGAIN....

As for QB choices I hope the Titans spend a ton of cash on Fisher's choice
and when it does not work out , it will be fun to hear those excuses as well.
As for Jay Cutler get real he finally has one decent season and all of a suden he's
better then VY , get real one point he had more interceptions then TD's.

I can't wait till the DOA 2011 season so I can laugh at all you VY bashing / Jeff Fisher coat tail riding clowns who believe Adams made the right call...
The right call would have been getting rid of Fisher years ago when he choked and gave the Lombardi Trophy to the Baltimore Ravens, which they are still laughing about.

By: TITAN1 on 1/8/11 at 6:35

GET REAL, I can't wait to laugh at you. Oh wait, we will never know who you are or hear from you again when coach Fisher does turn it around!

By: richgoose on 1/8/11 at 8:29

GETREAL......Jeff Fisher did not give the Lombardi Trophy to the Baltimore Ravens. A fellow from Auburn whose name is Al Del Greco gave that trophy to the Ravens.

He was never seen from again to my knowledge. Fisher and Adams fired him.

By: jwk6179 on 1/8/11 at 2:10

To replace the head Coach would mean a couple more years of wilderness-wandering at least; years that Mr. Adams sees as precious.

Unless the Titans GET IT RIGHT this time when selecting a QB (whether in the draft , picking up a VETERAN QB or both), won't they also spend a couple of more years of wilderness-wandering? The Titans can't do like they did in 2006 season, pick Vince Young at #3 and then sign Kerry Collins 10 days before the start of the season and expect everything to work out.

By: GET REAL on 1/8/11 at 3:24

Get Real:
We can throw out stats all day long whether your pro VY or Fisher , but the final count will show we should have got rid of Fisher when the season ends next year I hope all you Fisher coat tail riders don't go into hiding when they don't make the play offs AGAIN.... I can't wait to hear your excuses for him then....
In the mean time I'll be cheering for every team that plays the Titans.

By: TITAN1 on 1/8/11 at 4:28

Well Get Real, not sure why you even have an interest in this story, since you will be pulling for the other teams.