Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher has fired defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil after two lackluster seasons for the Titans defense. Cecil was hired in 2009 to coach the Titans defense after Jim Schwartz was hired as head coach of the Detroit Lions.
Cecil said he was surprised by the firing, but ultimately concluded, “I’m the defensive coordinator, and we didn’t play as well as needed to on defense. [Jeff Fisher’s] the head coach, and he has to do what he thinks is the right thing to move forward.”
The Titans defense struggle mightily under Cecil. At the end of the 2010 season, the defense was ranked 26th overall and 29th against the pass,
Cecil does not deserve all the blame for the defense’s poor play. The departure of Albert Haynesworth had a great impact on the defense, and Keith Bulluck’s absence showed in 2010 as Tennessee’s linebackers struggled to cover tight ends. However, Cecil has been accused of not being able to effectively make in-game adjustments.
Cecil’s defenses also lacked discipline. The unit racked up 128 penalties and cost the team 1,040 yards. Cecil himself also cost the team during games. On two occasions he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for his sideline antics.
Cecil is the third Titans coach to vacate his job over the past week. Defensive line coach extraordinaire Jim Washburn accepted a job with the Philadelphia Eagles, and running backs coach Craig Johnson was hired as quarterbacks coach by the Minnesota Vikings. Johnson’s hire raised speculation that Vince Young may become the Vikings’ next starting quarterback.