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Jeff Fisher out as Titans coachPosted Thursday, January 27, 2011, at 8:31 PM
Jeff Fisher and Vince Young were not always adversaries during their time with the Titans. T-G File Photo by Jimmy Jones
Fisher had made it clear that he would not allow Young to be part of the team after he tossed his equipment into the stands and made gestures at the fans during a nationally televised game, then cursed the coach in front of the team after he was replaced with Kerry Collins after an injury.
It was Adams that insisted that the Titans draft Young with the third overall pick in 2006 when most of his football people were against it and the franchise has suffered for it since. Now it has cost them the longest tenured coach in the NFL, not to mention millions and millions of dollars with little or no return.
The controversy was further intensified with the loss of longtime line coach Jim Washburn and the firing of defensive coach Chuck Cecil, a long time friend of coach Fisher.
The Titans rank 7th in the NFL in wins since the 1999 season.
Now they are a franchise that has been set back at least four years and are in total disarray with the draft fast approaching.
Makes one wonder if Adams changed his mind about who his quarterback is going to be next year doesn't it?
Either way the legendary owner is placing his legacy increasingly at jeopardy with his incessant meddling into football decisions.
Fisher is not totally immune in the situation either. The Titans lost Floyd Reese, a very well respected talent evaluator in 2006 in a power struggle with the head coach after serving 13 years as the GM.
Reese is credited with bringing in some of the best players in franchise history with guys such as Neil O'Donnell, Fred Miller, Frank Wycheck, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Eddie George, Samari Rolle and Derrick Mason, Bo Scaife, Michael Roos and Dave Stewart among others, to Tennessee. The Titans went to the Super Bowl in 2000 with Reese at the helm. Now he helps the Patriots keep getting richer via the draft. Think we might miss him?
As my friend Tom McCue so astutely pointed out the other day-Tennessee has not had a lot to brag about in their drafts since Reeses' departure.
He was right.
Good luck to you coach Fisher. Thanks for the memories.
Most of all, good luck to the Titans. They are going to need it.
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