Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams has finally come to the realization that his coach, Jeff Fisher, and his quarterback, Vince Young, simply can’t coexist.
And in a surprisingly sensible decision, Adams has decided to go with Fisher.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Adams has made the decision that the team is moving on without Young, and he won’t be on the roster in 2011. Sources tell Wyatt the Titans plan to either release or trade Young. Considering that Young is due a $4.25 million roster bonus on March 10, a release seems a lot more likely than a trade.
Although the Titans haven’t officially announced that Fisher will be back to coach the Titans in 2011, all indications are that he will — and the Titans will be on the market for a new quarterback, one who can play for Fisher.
And Young will be looking for work.
UPDATE: The Titans released the following statement from Adams, which suggests that while Young is definitely out, Fisher isn’t necessarily returning:
“As you are aware, we have been engaged in a series of internal discussions over the last month about the future of our football team. We have two critical decisions to make – the direction of the coaching staff and the future at the quarterback position. They are separate issues to me and will be dealt with separately. Today, I informed our general manager Mike Reinfeldt to move forward with plans to begin the process of identifying the next quarterback for our franchise. He will inform Vince Young’s agent that Vince will not be on our roster next season. I want to offer my personal thanks to Vince for all of his positive contributions to the club. These kinds of decisions are never easy and this is especially true for this particular player. I certainly wish that things would have worked out better, but I think it is best for the franchise that we move on at this point. I also informed Jeff (Fisher) today that I was continuing the evaluation of the coaching staff and I am hoping to make a decision soon.”