NFL: How will Jeff Fisher Move on From the Tennessee Titans?

Tim PetersonCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2011

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"The future isn’t exactly set in stone for Titans coach Jeff Fisher. But then again, when are things ever certain in the NFL coaching ranks?

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 Tennessee.

If true, then Fisher could use this to leverage for a new deal with the Titans. On the other hand, Fisher may want a fresh start with a new team and new ownership."

That's just how brilliant I am when it comes to NFL insight.

That piece was written a year ago, and now Fisher—the longest tenured coach in the league—has officially parted ways with the Tennessee Titans, sending shockwaves throughout the league.

Where will Fisher go next, and who will be overpaying for his services? And how bad does this make owner Bud Adams look? Didn't these two guys have a deal to stay together and let Vince Young walk?

Fisher has been with the organization since 1994. He has done it all and seen it all from the Tennessee Titans' sideline, from conference titles to a Super Bowl appearance in 2000. Fisher has been the driving force in Tennessee, 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 Fisher, but with no head coaching openings in 2011, it's easy to speculate that the defensive-minded coach 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 Competition Committee 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 at this point. 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, and a 4-12 season could be right around the corner.

Will offensive line coach Mike Munchak or offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger be the next Titans coach? That seems to be the plan.

Fisher did ask for his son to be hired as a quality control coach, but Adams said "no" to that, which leaves us to believe Fisher finally had had enough.

If the veteran coach sits out the 2011 season—assuming 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 have both flirted with the idea of making a coaching change, which leads me to believe they would be calling for Fishers' services as soon as possible.