Titans owner Bud Adams phoned in his appearance at Friday’s press conference to discuss the departure of coach Jeff Fisher. Literally.
The 88-year-old owner briefly spoke on a telephone, presumably from his home Houston. We’ll give the guy a break because of his age, but that’s a pretty poor effort considering Fisher was the team’s coach in 17 years.
Adams and Fisher both spoke glowingly of each other Friday.
‘This isn’t personal, it’s just time for a change,” Adams said.
The Titans coach, who often looked weary at the end of last season, admitted he needs a break. He says he won’t coach again right away.
“I’ve been coaching for 25 years and I think I’m tired,” Fisher said. “I need a rest.”
Fisher left reporters wanting more on Friday. He spoke wistfully of his time in Tennessee and refused to get into specifics about why he left. He only said he owes nothing but gratitude and left a classy presser after about ten minutes.
Titans Senior Executive Vice President Steve Underwood, who also plans to leave the team later this year, only said the Titans and Fisher had “differences” they weren’t able to resolve.
UPDATE: Underwood confirmed Fisher could coach right away if he choose to.