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Bud Adams convenes a meeting to determine Jeff Fisher’s fate

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The fate of the longest-tenured coach in the NFL may be decided at a meeting on Monday.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is reporting that Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams has convened a meeting with senior Titans officials in Houston tomorrow to decide Fisher’s future.d

It’s easy to see why Fisher might be out of a job this week: The Titans had a disappointing 6-10 season, and they’ve made the playoffs just twice in the last seven seasons.

On the other hand, Fisher is the only coach the Titans have ever had (he took over when the franchise was still in Houston and called the Oilers), and Adams seems comfortable with Fisher. Adams might not be inclined to go outside his comfort zone to find a new quarterback.

The wild card in all this is Fisher’s relationship with Vince Young. It’s clear that Adams views Young as a franchise quarterback, and it’s equally clear that Fisher views Young as more trouble than he’s worth. Adams said this season that he was going to make Fisher and Young find a way to work together, but if that simply can’t be done, Adams may be inclined to keep Young and lose Fisher.

One way or another, we could know whether Fisher is the Titans’ coach in 2011 by the end of the day on Monday.

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36 Responses to “Bud Adams convenes a meeting to determine Jeff Fisher’s fate”
  1. backindasaddle says: Jan 2, 2011 8:58 PM

    If he dumps Fisher for the sake of retaining Vince Young then I can only conclude he’s lost his sensibilities.

    Vince Young is a gutless, emotionally unstable little baby who shrinks in the face of adversity. A guy like that cannot be the leader of the team.

  2. phinfan says: Jan 2, 2011 8:58 PM

    Good, fire him so Miami can hire him!

  3. PCa Survivor says: Jan 2, 2011 8:59 PM

    Six winning seasons in 16 years. He deserves an extension.

  4. commandercornpone says: Jan 2, 2011 9:03 PM

    adams has already decided uncle rico’s fate. he’s a winner!

    retch.

  5. pt8106 says: Jan 2, 2011 9:04 PM

    If Bud Adams keeps Young over Fisher he has to be going senile. While Young as a lot of physical ability, he continues to act too “young” for the stage he is on. He doesn’t seem to be able to mature the way someone his age should have by now. By Adams taking his side, he will just make the problem worse because, Young will know that he has more pull than the coach. Knowing that, I can’t imagine any coach worth their salt wanting to come here. Adams needs to let Fisher do the job he was hired for and quit meddling in his decisions. I blame Adams as much for the last few years as Fisher or the players.

  6. sportsmediacritic says: Jan 2, 2011 9:05 PM

    Fisher is the most overrated coach in NFL history. 17 years, no superbowl, 5 play-off appearances and a near .500 winning percentage. He’s had more 8-8 and losing seasons than winning seasons.

  7. phillyjeff says: Jan 2, 2011 9:06 PM

    BUD IS OLD AND SENILE.

  8. mkepackfan says: Jan 2, 2011 9:06 PM

    Crazy old codger. Fisher will be snapped up right away and Tennessee will sink into oblivion with VY.

  9. pvdsports says: Jan 2, 2011 9:07 PM

    Jeff should be looking forward to getting the hell out of there

  10. eknirb says: Jan 2, 2011 9:10 PM

    I can speak for everyone in SF. We’ll take Fisher.

  11. commandercornpone says: Jan 2, 2011 9:13 PM

    pvd, that’s probly one reason fisher is poushing all the buttons.

    some jobs arent worth keeping, especially if u have options.

  12. whitemike55 says: Jan 2, 2011 9:13 PM

    Is Bud dumb enough to fire him before he learns the fate of Kubiak?

    Texans fans would welcome Fisher with open arms. Knows the division opponents, and he would love to stick it to Bud twice a year.

  13. jhorton83 says: Jan 2, 2011 9:13 PM

    The Titans had a disappointing 6-10 season, and they’ve made the playoffs just twice in the last seven seasons.
    —————————————————

    Just two playoff appearances in seven seasons is enough to get you fired with almost every team in the league. I find it mystifying why ESPN and journalists treat Jeff Fisher like some kind of coaching god when his record at Tennessee is littered with more mediocre-to-bad seasons than good ones.

  14. Deb says: Jan 2, 2011 9:19 PM

    If it’s an either/or, I definitely would not choose an erratic personality like Young over my longtime head coach. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Fisher should stay with the Titans. He seems to have grown stale in the position. Two playoff appearances in seven years, and one Super Bowl appearance in 16 years. How many times recently have they started strong and finished weak? Seems a lot of players complain about the dirty play of his guys–which seems to indicate poor discipline. I’ve always thought Fisher was a good coach, but maybe he and Tennessee need a fresh start.

  15. realitypolice says: Jan 2, 2011 9:32 PM

    It seems to be so readily accepted that Jeff Fisher is a great coach and would be snapped up in a second if he were let go.

    Ummm, why is that exactly? 6 playoff appearances in 17 years? 1 SB appearance? Last playoff win in 2003?

    What am I missing?

  16. prior0knowledge says: Jan 2, 2011 9:34 PM

    Fisher is NOT a winning coach. He has done average. He is a “Norv Turner”-type coach. He is mediocre.

    But Vince Young is not a mature QB either. Jettisoning Fisher does not mean that Adams is choosing Young over Fisher, only that he does not want Fisher. It will be the new coach’s responsibility to decide what to do with Young. The new coach may decide to keep him, trade him or cut him.

    After all, Young has a lot of talent, but falls apart under adversity. Some coaches can handle that, some can’t.

  17. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 2, 2011 9:37 PM

    You silly, silly old man!

  18. joetoronto says: Jan 2, 2011 9:44 PM

    Without a doubt, Fisher will get snapped up immediately.

    If not sooner.

  19. JakeDSnake says: Jan 2, 2011 9:47 PM

    In 13 more seasons, Fisher has 1 more playoff win than Ken Wisenhunt with the same number of Conference Championships.
    Which guy works for the better owner? The reason Fisher gets such favorable coverage is because he is an unamed source for many national media members. Fisher’s coaching record is less than mediocre with the talent he has had.

  20. cometkazie says: Jan 2, 2011 10:02 PM

    sportsmediacritic says:
    Jan 2, 2011 9:05 PM
    Fisher is the most overrated coach in NFL history. 17 years, no superbowl, 5 play-off appearances and a near .500 winning percentage. He’s had more 8-8 and losing seasons than winning seasons.
    = = = =

    Super Bowl XXXIV

    Rams 23 Titans 16 January 2000

  21. ralphwilsonsucks says: Jan 2, 2011 10:05 PM

    See ya Nashville hello Denver.

  22. belicheckyoself says: Jan 2, 2011 10:12 PM

    Who takes a team from 13-3 to 0-6? It was the same team. He should have been gone last year.

    @priorknowledge – Dead on.

  23. monkeesfan says: Jan 2, 2011 10:13 PM

    Fisher will stay in Tennessee – he has a year left on his contract, the players clearly play for him (it showed again against the Colts as the Titans tied the game twice in the second half), and I haven’t seen evidence the locker room wants Vince Young or that Bud Adams is that enamored of Vince Young that he’d overrule Fisher on him, especially after Kerry Collins acquitted himself well once Kenny Britt came back. Plus no one seems to have named any successor to Fisher.

    JakeDSnake – Fisher gets favorable coverage because he’s better at fixing roster issues than Ken Wisenhunt and a lot of other coaches.

  24. steelers6pack says: Jan 2, 2011 10:14 PM

    Fire Fisher and keeping Vince will do nothig. Both coach and QB are overrated. Hopefully both stay and they stay a 7-9 win team annually!

  25. bobmater says: Jan 2, 2011 10:20 PM

    Let’s get some numbers straight: Jeff Fisher’s winning % is .544 – better than Jim Mora, Jon Gruden, Dan Reeves, Tom Flores, Dick Vermeil, certainly Bum Phillips.
    He’s 19th all-time in wins. The Titans have had a run of injuries this season – their #1 draft pick has been out most of the season.Vince was injured twice. They’ve used 4 different QBs including their rookie who has a big arm, but is clearly not ready. Vince had a chance to make things right after his latest meltdown. He could have held a press conference, explained that he’s a competitive guy, frustrated by injuries, who just wants to play and win.
    What he did was send Coach Fisher a text message.
    Bad choice.

  26. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 2, 2011 10:23 PM

    eknirb says:
    Jan 2, 2011 9:10 PM
    I can speak for everyone in SF. We’ll take Fisher.

    —————————————-

    No, no you can’t. Hiring Jeff Fisher would be one of the worst things the 9ers could do. His career winning percentage is just .516. He has had 6 winning seasons in 17 years. 6! The last time he’s won a playoff game was in 2003. The only reason he’s still a head coach is he has the most forgiving owner in the league.

    If the 9ers hire him I’ll be one depressed fan… and begin bracing myself for another two years of mediocrity. There’s only so much abuse you can take as a fan.

    On topic, firing Fisher doesn’t necessarily mean you’re throwing your lot in with Vince Young. Even though he was having a pretty good statistical year, the fact remains is that he’s not a leader and I’m not confident he ever will be. I would at least be shopping him around to find what you can get for him, there are plenty of desperate teams looking for an answer at QB.

  27. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 2, 2011 10:24 PM

    Sorry, his winning percentage is .542

  28. zonepro764 says: Jan 2, 2011 10:42 PM

    Jeff Fisher is a chode…end of story

  29. joetoronto says: Jan 2, 2011 10:48 PM

    As screwed up as the Titans are upstairs, the Bronco’s make them look good in comparison.

  30. goldsteel says: Jan 2, 2011 10:51 PM

    Well since Adams & Young appear to be lovers then Jeff Fisher’s days are numbered in Tennessee. It may be the best thing to happen to Jeff Fisher. There will be the several openings in the coaching ranks very soon and Jeff Fisher will be coaching for another team in less than 24 hours of being fired.

    Save the NFL,
    Fire Goodell.

  31. richm2256 says: Jan 2, 2011 11:19 PM

    Do the smart thing and can them BOTH.

    Fisher doesn’t have that good of a record, and VY is a total nutjob that you cannot hang an entire franchise on.

  32. VonClausewitz says: Jan 2, 2011 11:33 PM

    Time for a change. Fisher has had enough. Once that happens it’s over.

  33. rarson says: Jan 3, 2011 12:06 AM

    Fisher will be gone, Adams will keep Young because he’s still got a hard-on for him (for whatever reason) and the Titans will continue to languish because Adams is too hands-on. Fisher will go somewhere else next year.

  34. ladybucsandsteelersnut says: Jan 3, 2011 1:14 AM

    My opinion is that Adams has put his apples on Vince Young. Jeff Fisher has had to put up quite enuf with Vince Young, if & when it comes down to Young/Fisher, as far as the Titan’s are concerned, they’ll (Adams) will NOT take Fisher. Let them have Young, he’s one “bunch-of-boos” away from folding. Jeff Fisher will go on & do a bunch of damage wherever he ends up.

  35. stanklepoot says: Jan 3, 2011 3:17 AM

    #
    JakeDSnake says: Jan 2, 2011 9:47 PM

    In 13 more seasons, Fisher has 1 more playoff win than Ken Wisenhunt with the same number of Conference Championships.
    Which guy works for the better owner? The reason Fisher gets such favorable coverage is because he is an unamed source for many national media members. Fisher’s coaching record is less than mediocre with the talent he has had.
    ____________________________
    Apples and oranges Jake. The two good years Whisenhunt had in Arizona were with Warner under center and an elite receiving corps. How good have the Cards been since Warner retired? Even with Warner, however, the Cards defense was so poor that it took a weak NFC West to allow them to win back to back division titles.

    Fisher coaches a team that’s in the same division as the Colts, which means winning the division is extremely difficult. They also play in a division in that tends to have some extremely tough competition for the Wild Card spots (in 2008, the Pats missed the playoffs with an 11-5 record). He also coaches a team with a cheap owner. Because of this, he tends to lose a lot of good players as soon as they reach free agency eligibility. So, he constantly has to find replacements for important players. Comparing Fisher to someone like Whisenhunt right now simply doesn’t make sense.

    Do I think Fisher is one of the truly elite 4 or 5 coaches in the league? No, I don’t. He’s certainly better than average, however. Simply looking at the record without considering the factors that have led to that record is simply poor analysis.

  36. factserum says: Jan 3, 2011 3:43 PM

    to those using the argument that Field Goal Fish would be snapped up quickly, I can only say: who gives a flying f**k which team gets him?

    If you want to understand what your team would get, let’s get away from the media hype and let actions speak louder than rumor mill:

    - he could not find a way to get Randy Moss and Kenny Britt on the field simultaneously because ‘they both play the same position’. Genius!

    - he kept starting Justin Gage over Damien Williams (because he likes to pick ‘his guys’ and then stick with them – facts be damned) and kept out Jared Cook until all was lost (last Sunday). When both were in for more than an occasional snap, they performed well and improved game after game.

    - Bo Scaife was franchise tagged twice and started almost every game… until he said something that was not in line with the messages that Fish likes to feed the media (i.e. support for VY).
    Result: inactive for rest of season. Had an assistant tell Scaife he was inactive while he was dressing for the game

    - any other player who did not speak in support of Fisher has experienced the same results (even prior to VY being in TN)

    - much is made of the bad defense: Fish is the one who chose Cecil as His Man.

    - they are behind 31-7 at the half against KC and Fish’s comments are that they had a good practice all week and felt they were ready

    - 5 streaks of 5+ losing games in 6 seasons. In fact, in 2009 he claimed the QB was not the problem when it came to their 0-6 start and 59-0 loss. Of course, when asked why they slumped after VY was put on IR, he mentioned VY as the main problem, beyond ‘lots of little things’.

    and on and on it goes.

    So, you want to snap him up? Get ready for the dismantling of a carefully constructed image by real facts in 2011+

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