We were stunned a bit by the recent rant from Titans coach Jeff Fisher regarding NewChannel 5’s treatment of the lawsuit filed by former Tennessee receiver David Givens against the team.
Though Fisher apparently has a beef regarding the manner in which his words were presented, the fact that he went a tad bonkos over the situation seemed to be a little much.
But it’s one of the realities, in our view, of a team that started the 2008 regular season 13-2 and that is now riding a four-game losing streak in games that count, dating back to Week Seventeen of last year.
The most compelling evidence that things aren’t going too well in Tennessee comes from the bizarre back and forth that emerged in the wake of Sunday’s 34-31 loss to the Texans. Cornerback Nick Harper claimed that the coaching staff didn’t make adjustments. Fisher claimed that the players didn’t incorporate the adjustments that were made.
And this makes us wonder whether Fisher, who has thrived in relative anonymity since 1994 as head coach of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans, might finally be reaching the end of the line. For some reason, Fisher has to date escaped the whispers that have plagued other coaches (like Philadelphia’s Andy Reid) regarding whether, in the modern NFL, a point comes whether the players just don’t listen anymore.
With big names like Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren, and Mike Shanahan slowly circling in search of the coming coaching carcasses, there’s a chance that 80-something owner Bud Adams will decide that the time for a change has come.
Which, of course, would likely delight Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who undoubtedly would welcome Fisher to Dallas in a heartbeat.
So we’ll be keeping an eye on the situation in Nashville. With each loss — and based on the schedule it looks like more will be coming — the pressure will be mounting.