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Bulluck says Fisher's "hands were tied" on quarterback decision

So with the Titans benching Kerry Collins and going with Vince Young at quarterback, the question remains regarding whether coach Jeff Fisher made the decision — or whether the decision was made for him by owner Bud Adams.

Linebacker Keith Bulluck suggested Thursday that the decision didn’t come from the head coach.

“[T]o me, the
outside looking in, it looks like Jeff’s hands were tied in this,” Bulluck said, per the Tennessean (via Sean Leahy of USA Today).  But
we’re a team and we are backing whoever goes out there.  We are ready
for Jacksonville.”

But, again, it’s not like the Titans will do any worse with Young.  They lost 59-0 the last time Collins lined up under center, and they’d lost eight games in a row, dating back to December 2008.

We’ve got a theory as to why Fisher would prefer to stick with Collins, and it’s spelled out in item No. 7 of our weekly SportingNews.com 10-Pack.

(In other words, if you want to know what the theory is, you’ve got to click that link.)

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20 Responses to “Bulluck says Fisher's "hands were tied" on quarterback decision”
  1. cgmac says: Oct 30, 2009 9:43 AM

    Still don’t know how negative yardage from Collins in the NE game gave him a better QB rating than Young’s 0 yards……

  2. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 30, 2009 9:47 AM

    If you listen to Fisher’s comments he has more faith in Collins. Decision, as you have pointed out, has to do with Young’s contract and if it is worth holding onto after this year. Pretty obvious the answer is no, but I guess Bud has more faith in Young than most people.

  3. TrojanMAAAAAN says: Oct 30, 2009 9:51 AM

    Don’t care.

  4. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 30, 2009 9:54 AM

    If Broncos beat the Cowboys they are for real…
    If Broncos beat the Patriots they are for real…
    If the Broncos beat a desperate Chargers team they are for real…
    “If the Broncos can win this one — essentially a playoff game for the Ravens — then Denver really is for real….”
    What if the beat the Ravens? When they play the Steelers Monday night will it be to see if they are really are really for real?
    Don’t like the Broncos but if they stay close with Ravens and Steelers and don’t pull a Vikings style nose dive to end the year they are a serious contender. Sun, Dec 13 @ Indianapolis they will show they really are really for really in a really real for real manner.

  5. HinesIZdaMan says: Oct 30, 2009 10:13 AM

    @SmackMyVickUp
    Dude..check your grammar before posting..

  6. Xpensive Wino says: Oct 30, 2009 10:16 AM

    Oddly, I don’t think 0-16 will taint Fisher that much. He’s been very consistent and successful in the past, winning records, well respected, blah, blah, blah, and unlike virtually every other coach on an awful team right now, the owner and GM in Tennessee seem to be coming across as the culprits. Perception is often reality and for whatever reason, it sure seems as though Fisher is wearing a teflon suit thru this. And now, if they only manage to win a few games or even no games the rest of the way, Adams forcing Fisher’s hand to play Young will virtually absolve him of any responsibility. I’m not saying that’s right, I’m just saying that’s the way it will be perceived and Fisher will survive this with his reputation in tact.

  7. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Oct 30, 2009 10:20 AM

    Mike Florio said: “Though many league observers believe Fisher instantly would be hired by another team as its head coach, it would be a hard sell for an owner or a GM in another city to bring Fisher to town when he’s wearing the Matt Millen-Rod Marinelli taint of 0-16.”
    Florio please don’t ever mention Matt Millen’s taint again. I’m trying to enjoy my morning cup of coffee and now I’m getting all queasy and nauseous.

  8. KILLER FIN says: Oct 30, 2009 10:21 AM

    maybe Fisher will be going to the Redskins after the season is over!!! Oh the season in Tennessee is over!!! Owners taking over is pretty much the end!!!

  9. Joe says: Oct 30, 2009 10:45 AM

    I’d just like to add that the Titans still have not won a game since LenDale White stomped on the Terrible Towel.

  10. Vick's failed drug test says: Oct 30, 2009 10:48 AM

    The Titans should have drafted Leinart instead of wonderlic to start with. (Chow and Fisher’s choice) and they wouldn’t be having this problem. The AFC South thanks you for drafting the gay dummy.

  11. lichnor says: Oct 30, 2009 11:04 AM

    Whoring for page views is so unbecoming….

  12. Joe C says: Oct 30, 2009 11:09 AM

    First of all, Jeff Fisher hasn’t ever won a Super Bowl, and hasn’t appeared in one in what, 9 years now? Sorry, but you can’t hold onto 1 appearance.
    Secondly, no, he can’t play offense and defense, but if you watched that 59-0 beatdown the Pats put on them (and all apologies to Keith Bullock and LenDale White), the Titans quit. Plain and simple. Either that, or that was a HORRIBLE game plan by Fisher. Either way, he’s just as responsible as the players.
    Finally, what does he do after such a loss? He dons the jersey OF THEIR MAIN DIVISION RIVAL! If Mike Tomlin put on a Ravens jersey, he’d be chased out of Pittsburgh with pitchforks and torches, and heaven forbid if he got caught because he’d be tarred, feathered, and roasted on a spit.
    Jeff Fisher is a has-been. Will definitely join Marty Schottenhimer as one of the best HC never to win a Super Bowl.
    But he needs to go.

  13. Frank Burns says: Oct 30, 2009 11:16 AM

    Joe says:
    October 30, 2009 10:45 AM
    I’d just like to add that the Titans still have not won a game since LenDale White stomped on the Terrible Towel.
    ————————————
    And yet there are still fools out there who doubt that this is all about the Towel Curse.
    I bet Fisher wishes Bulluck’s hands were tied that day he picked up the Towel and defiled it.

  14. mike says: Oct 30, 2009 11:31 AM

    You had a good run in Tn Jeff. I will miss you.
    And so will many others if we get a dufus as our next coach.

  15. ZombieRevolution says: Oct 30, 2009 11:39 AM

    “…it would be a hard sell for an owner or a GM in another city to bring Fisher to town when he’s wearing the Matt Millen-Rod Marinelli taint of 0-16.”
    Because like, you know, Fisher taking his team to the Super Bowl in the past, Fisher with last year’s 13-3 record, Fisher with 133 wins to his credit- would be hard sell, yep I get it.
    Is it just me, or does it appears that at times Florio throws things together at the last minute without a great deal of thought?

  16. Fan_Of_ Four says: Oct 30, 2009 12:07 PM

    So his decision was influenced by the owner, what’s your point ? Your season is basically done and you have a young first round draft pick who needs the reps to see if he was worth the pick. Is this really a hard decision ? Owners get involved all the time and it’s their right. Another story about nothing.

  17. Drat says: Oct 30, 2009 12:09 PM

    From a rational point of view, you could say that Fisher should start Collins in games that are potentially winnable. Like this week vs Jag-U-arz. Start Young in hopeless situations, like v. Patriots. Of course, this won’t work, because the media firestorm centered around the judging of winnable and not winnable games would kill Fisher.
    But Fisher has been killed. This is an enigmatic coach. He’s had his ups and downs. But inconsistency is a hallmark of bad coaching. Look at the great coaches. They truck along with 9 to 12 wins per season. Fisher is all over the place.

  18. Leto_II says: Oct 30, 2009 12:59 PM

    At 0-6, does it really matter who is QB? I’d rather see the newly signed John Booty play as QB than VY. See what the young kid can do. Can it be any worst than Collins or VY?

  19. bearsrule says: Oct 30, 2009 1:53 PM

    Vick’s failed drug test says: October 30, 2009 10:48 AM
    The Titans should have drafted Leinart instead of wonderlic to start with. (Chow and Fisher’s choice) and they wouldn’t be having this problem. The AFC South thanks you for drafting the gay dummy.
    How dare you call him a dummy.

  20. raideralex99 says: Oct 30, 2009 6:32 PM

    Prediction: One of them will not be back next year … Fisher or Vince Young.

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