Goodbye, Jeff Fisher

A 17-year era ended today as coach Jeff Fisher was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

The Tennessee Titans and Jeff Fisher have agreed to part ways. Fisher wasn’t fired, but he didn’t resign. So what happened?

Was the loss of the best position coach in the NFL the death blow to Jeff Fisher? The primary thought I had about the Titans over the past week was that Fisher is taking quite a while to to replace defensive line coach Jim Mashburn, now with the Philadelphia Eagles. Is this one reason why Titans management decided to split with Fisher?

Here is a quote from a statement by the Titans:

“After the season was complete, we had numerous discussions on the direction of the team and were pleased that we were moving forward with Jeff at the helm. Since that time, it became evident that consensus was increasingly hard to find and reality wasn’t matching the vision we discussed (emphasis mine). It is unfortunate that this decision is coming at this juncture, but we believe that we have reached the point where change is in the best interest of both parties.”

Consensus among whom? Fisher and his coaching staff? Fisher and team management? Fisher and owner Bud Adams? Stay tuned as the Nashville press dissects this messy situation.

I’m as surprised as everyone that Fisher was fired today. Regular readers of Titans Tracker also can guess that I am pleased. Even so, the Titans are a sinking ship in need of rescue, and fast.

Today’s developments shows us that anything is possible at any time. I would not count out a possible return by Vince Young, who as of this moment is still a Tennessee Titan.

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One thought on “Goodbye, Jeff Fisher

  1. Brenda Morrison says:

    I find it very difficult to understand this “dismissal ” or whatever anyone chooses to describe it. It not only appears to me, but many other fans who have watched the rise and fall of our TITANS. The one thing that seemed to be the glue holding the team together was JEFF FISHER! It seems a bit strange to this writer, why, behind all of the immature shenanigans of Vince Young, did the fate of Jeff Fisher seem to come into play. It seemed apparent that Bud Adams favorite was VY. Jeff Fisher was and will.ALWAYS be in the hearts of millions the fans (or those of us who WERE fans, could take an NFL coach, the caliber of Coach Fisher, and toss him to the wayside! I really think SOMEONE with the common sense to see how this team fell apart …literally gone to hell in a handbasket! I will NEVER understand where Bud Adams thinks he going to find, at this juncture in his career! I cannot think of the TITANS without Jeff Fisher, behind the helm. Just as Bud parted ways with Jeff, I know of thousands who feel we’ve parted ways with the TITANS! IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME! BUD, YOU WANT to re-visit this seemingly careless decisions! God bless you, Jeff Fisher † and ? you, wherever this ridiculous change may take you! Whoever is fortunate enough to embrace you unequivocal talent, hopefully THEY will realize just how fortunate they are to have you on the team we LOST TODAY!!

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