The Tennessee Titans reported that Jeff Fisher is out as head coach. Fisher has been a constant in the ever-changing NFL coaching landscape, having coached more NFL games for one franchise than six coaches—George Halas, Tom Landry, Don Shula, Chuck Noll, Curly Lambeau and Bud Grant. He leaves the Titans with 147 wins, which is good for 20th all time.
With this job being open, it is time to look at who could be coaching candidates. Here are some early thoughts on who could replace Fisher in 2011.
Dom Capers, Defensive Coordinator (Green Bay Packers)
Dom Capers struggled as a head coach in Houston, but has gotten consideration for openings based on his work with the Packers' defense. His unit has been a highlight of the green and gold's march to this season's Super Bowl.
Perry Fewell, Current Defensive Coordinator (New York Giants)
Under Perry Fewell's leadership, the Giants' defense improved significantly, moving from 10th to second in yards allowed. Fewell served as the interim head coach in Buffalo in 2009, going 3-4. His name has been bantered around for other openings, such as in Denver.
Who will be the next head coach of the Titans?
Russ Grimm, Assistant Head Coach (Arizona Cardinals)
The Hall of Fame lineman has been a successful assistant and has been viewed by some as a coach ready to make the next step. Russ Grimm was considered for openings in Chicago and Pittsburgh, so maybe the third time, Tennessee will be the charm.
Brian Schottenheimer, Offensive Coordinator (New York Jets)
His name has been floated around for several positions in recent seasons, such as in Miami, New York and Buffalo, but Brian Schottenheimer has remained a constant with the Jets serving as the offensive coordinator. The chance of working with Chris Johnson and developing a corps of wide receivers may be enough to lure him from Rex Ryan though.
Marty Mornhinweg, Current Offensive Coordinator (Philadelphia Eagles)
While he struggled in Detroit as the head man, Marty Mornhinweg has done a good job working with the Eagles' offense. Like Schottenheimer, it would be tempting for a chance to work with the potential pieces in Tennessee.
Gregg Williams, Defensive Coordinator (New Orleans Saints)
Gregg Williams has history working with Tennessee, serving as the defensive coordinator from 1997-2000, as the team reached Super Bowl XXXIV. His name has been bantered around for other openings, such as in Denver.
Any list needs to have the following:
Jon Gruden: Analyst for ESPN
Bill Cowher: Analyst for CBS
Both have amazing credentials, but it seems to need to be the right situation for them to come back. Not sure if this is the one considering some of the chaos that has taken place with the Vince Young drama.