Pacman Jones chimes in on Jeff Fisher firing

AP

No Titans-related move is official until former Titans cornerback Pacman Jones adds his two cents.  Or, as the case may be, his trash bag full of $1 bills.

Jones, who now plays for the Bengals, thinks the Titans made a mistake by firing coach Jeff Fisher.

I have no idea why they [fired him],” Jones told Yahoo! Sports.  “It’s gotta be the dumbest move ever.  But that’s how they do things in Tennessee.  It can be very weird down there.”

Frankly, the best proof that the Titans do dumb things is that they hired Jones.  Coming out of West Virginia, Jones had more red flags than a Chinese military parade, and yet the Titans devoted to Jones the sixth pick in the 2005 draft.

Though the first-round of the 2005 draft had more busts than a Chinese military parade (that one fit better the first time I used it), the Titans passed on guys like DeMarcus Ware and Aaron Rodgers.

The Titans hardly were alone in letting Aaron Rodgers slide down the board, but the Titans went quarterback only one year later, drafting Vince Young with the third pick and trading Steve McNair to Baltimore.  So while Rodgers wasn’t regarded as a can’t-miss prospect, the Titans ignored the warning signs that Jones presented, and Jones’ chronic off-field issues provided one piece of the puzzle that pointed to Fisher’s departure.

“We had kind of a father-son relationship,” Jones told Yahoo! Sports.  “He was hard on me, but he let me know he was there for me. . . .  He never turned his back on me.”

Except for when Fisher turned his back on Jones by, you know, trading him.

Either way, it’ll be interesting to see whether Fisher makes a play for Jones if/when Fisher lands with a new team.

27 responses to “Pacman Jones chimes in on Jeff Fisher firing

  1. “The Titans hardly were alone in letting Aaron Rodgers slide down the board”

    But the Titans would have probably played Rogers right away and would Rogers be the same guy we see today if he hadn’t slid and had the opportunity to sit, learn and mature? I think the best example in this draft would be for a team to take Cam Newton LATE in the first or even second and let him sit for 3 years. Maybe if the NFL can get a rookie salary slotting system we’ll start to see QB’s sit for a while and the overall level of play improve.

  2. I love Pacman. Classy, misunderstood guy. I’m not surprised that a classless organization like Tennessee didn’t keep him. Hopefully he gets on a winner next year, dude deserves a ring after all he’s gone through.

  3. The Titans took Pacman 6th overall because he was one of the most talented DBs to come out in years. They knew the risks, and figured the potential benefits outweighed them. They were wrong, of course, but they could have just as easily been right.

  4. “I have no idea why they [fired him],” Jones told Yahoo! Sports. “It’s gotta be the dumbest move ever. But that’s how they do things in Tennessee. It can be very weird down there.”

    Leave it to someone outside of the organization to give their opinion on Jeff Fisher’s departure and you will get the same generic answer. I just do not understand why people bash the Titans for getting rid of a coach that was there for 16 years. Was Jeff Fisher supposed to be the Titans coach for life? This is a coach that has six winning season in sixteen years. To put that in perspective, Mike Tomlin only has 3 less playoff appearances than Fisher with 3. But Fisher has 12 more years with his team than Tomlin.

  5. His name is adam jones, drop the pacman already only good players should be called by their nicknames.

  6. Rodgers wasn’t a can’t miss prospect just like Brady wasn’t. Both were drafted into the perfect environments and were allowed to blossom, sending Rodgers to the Titans and he wouldn’t be playing in the SB this year.
    Not taking anything away from Mrs. Rodgers but with QB’s how they are groomed and where they play are just as important as the intangibles.

  7. Pacman, Fat Albert, Cortland Finnegan.
    Bad attitudes were evidently considered a positive character trait under Fisher, who worked his magic
    into 6 winning seasons out of 17.

    If you can’t win, at least be dirty.
    Or something.

  8. Hey I’m no Pacman/Adam Jones fan. But give the guy a break. In fact, what Adam Jones has done to me is impressive. He had the skill set. Was very good. So they drafted him. He was and very may be a knucklehead. But you don’t play in the NFL if ur just a somebody. Takes hard work, especially at corner. So he’s work himself back in and is a very servicable corner. Elite? No. Great? No. But fair yes.. praise him on that instead of bashing every player who has messed up in the past. He was talking well about Jeff Fisher. That says a lot.

  9. “Except for when Fisher turned his back on Jones by, you know, trading him.”

    Pacman was talking about turning his back on him as a person, not as a football/PR/business decision.

  10. is pacman going to dallas and watch the game! i’ve heard they have real good strip
    clubs down there! how can a loser even make a comment, should be illegal!!!

  11. My buddy is a Titans fan and hates Fisher too. I don’t understand it personally, I mean Bud Adams is cheaper then Al Davis and won’t give out big contracts to guys Fisher develops. As for Fisher, he has to be beyond frustrated to see too much talent walk out the door in Free Agency. Put Jeff F. with a team that spends money, and he’ll be back in the playoffs easy. As for the Titans new coach, good luck working your a** off developing guys you draft, just to see them leave in 4 – 5 years.

  12. carson9 says: Jan 29, 2011 5:00 PM

    My buddy is a Titans fan and hates Fisher too. I don’t understand it personally, I mean Bud Adams is cheaper then Al Davis and won’t give out big contracts to guys Fisher develops.
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    “cheaper than Al Davis”, the man who consistently pays more for players than anyone else, THAT Al Davis?

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