Could the league’s longest tenured coach be on his way out of Tennessee?
There are a couple indicators that say it’s a strong possibility.
Earlier this week, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen leaked information that Titans' owner Bud Adams may have breached Fisher’s contract by demanding that Vince Young be the starter in Tennesse.
If true, then Fisher could use this to leverage for a new deal. On the other hand, Fisher may want to fresh start with a new team and new ownership.
That's just how brilliant I am. That piece was written a year ago and now, Jeff Fisher, the longest tenured coach in the NFL has officially parted ways with the Tennesse Titans.
Fisher has been with organization since 1994 and he's done it all and seen it all from the Tennessee Titans sideline. From conference titles, to a Super Bowl appearance in 2000.
Fisher's has been the driving force in Tennesee. Guiding this franchise through almost everything, except a Super Bowl victory, although he has a ring from his playing days with the ’85 Bears.
Obviously, the future is still bright for Jeff Fisher. But with no openings for the 2011 season, it's easy to speculate that the former Titans sideline leader will go into television and become an analyst for one of the networks.
I have no problem with that. Fisher's insight from his leadership role on the NFL Competion Committe is above reproach, and his analysis as an X's and O's guy would provide a fresh take.
Why the two parties agreed to go in different directions is unclear. Vince Young is not coming back, as the franchise will apparently release him as soon as Feb. 7. Suddenly the Titans look a whole lot worse then they did at the end of the season.
Will offensive Line coach Mike Munchak or offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger be the next Titans coach? That seems to be the plan.
Fisher did want his son to be hired as quality control coach, but Adams said "no" to that, which leaves us to think that Fisher had decided he had had enough after 17 years.
If the veteran coach sits out the 2011 season--assuming the labor issues are resolved--there could be as many as 10 openings in 2012, and Fisher will be at the top of the list. Houston and Miami both flirted with the idea of making a coaching change at the end of the season, which leads me to believe they be calling for Fishers' services as soon as possible.