Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams was not in attendance at Friday’s press conference in which the organization officially cut ties with coach Jeff Fisher.
Instead, the owner addressed the gathering over a speakerphone. He began the proceedings when he read a statement and then took no questions.
Adams’ entire remarks:
“This is K.S. ‘Bud’ Adams Jr. I’m talking to you from my office down at Houston, Texas. I want to say this is a very, very tough day for this franchise.
“Jeff meant a great deal to this team, and I appreciate all that he has done for us such as keeping the team together as we moved to Tennessee … also in leading us to our only Super Bowl game in 1999, also coaching some of the best teams in our history and the many individual achievements of our players. He helped us create some great moments for our fans. I mean, we had the fans that first year when we won the [AFC] championship and went into the Super Bowl … it couldn’t have been a better thing for the fans than to get that.
“Unfortunately, I must say, though, organizations and coaches almost always reach a point when it’s time to change and this is where we are.
“Now, this isn’t personal. It is time for a change, and I believe both the team and Jeff will benefit in the long run from this move.
“Now I am still confident about our future. I think we have good young players. I believe in [executive vice president] Steve Underwood and [general manager] Mike Reinfeldt to find our next head coach.
“I want every one of you to know that I continue to have high hopes about our team. I’m not giving up. We’re going to get in that Bowl game again.
“… Thank you very much for listening to me.”