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.”