Tennessee Titans, Head Coach Jeff Fisher 'Agree To Part Ways' After 16 Seasons

David Kindervater@TheDGKCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2011

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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A few weeks ago, talk around Baptist Sports Park in Nashville was whether Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young or head coach Jeff Fisher would be retained by the team because it didn't seem the two could peacefully coexist.

Titans owner Bud Adams put an end to any speculation by saying publicly that Young would, in fact, be the proverbial odd man out via a trade or release, and that Fisher would keep his head coaching position for the 2011 season.

That was until today when Fisher and the Titans surprisingly "agreed to part ways" according to a simple, one-sentence statement released by the team.

The decision to move on without Fisher continues what has been a shake-up of the Titans coaching staff this offseason.

Chuck Cecil (defensive coordinator), Jim Washburn (defensive line coach) and Craig Johnson (running backs coach) all preceded Fisher in leaving (or should I say being removed) from the Titans' staff.

Fisher was the longest tenured head coach in the National Football League, having been with the Titans—OK, the Houston Oilers—since 1994.

During that time he compiled an impressive 142-120 record, but the Titans haven't won a playoff game since 2004 and the team lost eight of their final nine games last season to finish with a disappointing 6-10 record.

Fisher had one year remaining on his contract. He was scheduled to make $6.5 million this year.

The announcement opens a whole new set of questions for the Titans—most notably regarding who their next head coach will be, of course. And whether Vince Young could now have new life in Tennessee.