It’s quite possible that Jeff Fisher’s divorce with the Titans will turn out for the best for both sides. Still, it’s hard not to wonder: Why did it happen in late January?
It appears that disagreements over Fisher’s coaching staff led to the dissolution.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Fisher extended the contracts of roughly one dozen assistants for an addition year back in December. Fisher had complete authority over his staff, but he apparently didn’t inform management of this fact until this week.
Those extensions included former defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil. So Titans owner Bud Adams is paying an extra year on a contract of a coach the team just fired. It seems clear, then, that Cecil’s dismissal earlier this week was at least partially forced on to Fisher. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn leaving for Philadelphia didn’t help matters.
Wyatt also notes that the front office was becoming frustrated with the slow pace Fisher was taking in filling out his staff.
Now the front office gets to work at finding a head coach at whatever pace they like.