First Young, and now Fisher gone in Tennessee

Just as I predicted over three weeks ago, Jeff Fisher is no longer the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, although I figured it was due to the desire to keep Vince Young as their quarterback. However once they let #10 off the team, I was surprised to learn that they also parted ways with Jeff.

Fisher, who took over as head coach of the then Houston Oilers in 1994, remained with the team when it relocated to Nashville posting a regular season record of 142-120 over 17 seasons. Fisher led the Titans to the post-season six times, four division titles and one Super Bowl appearance losing to the St. Louis Rams in 2000.

The Titans’ front office had become frustrated with Fisher’s pace hiring replacemements. ESPN reported that Fisher had tried to hire his son, Brandon, as a quality control coach, and that that had been the deciding factor in the decision for Fisher to leave.

“I want to thank (owner) Mr. (Bud) Adams and the organization for a special 17 years,” Fisher said in a statement. “I can’t thank the fans enough for the support they showed us through the years; it has been a tremendous experience.  We all did our very best and I think I can look back with fond memories and be very proud of what we accomplished. I want to wish the organization, the current players and the fans nothing but the best in the future.”

2010 is the year of the New Head Coach

compiled/edited by Jason ZajdelWith the NFL season officially over and the playoffs starting this weekend, here is a recap of the head coach firing madness:

  • Wade Phillips – Dallas Cowboys – November 8 – Fired after Dallas, projected to win their division, were thought of as the worst team in NFL (despite the Buffalo Bills having a winless season at that point).
  • Brad Childress – Minnesota Vikings – November 22 – Fired after multiple arguments with star players and realization that the playoffs were no longer reachable this season, as they made it to the NFC Championship game last season.
  • Josh McDaniels – Denver Broncos – December 6 – Fired after being caught videotaping the 49ers before the London game.
  • Mike Singletary – San Francisco 49ers – December 27 – Jed York fired Mike just hours after the loss to the St. Louis Rams which put the 49ers officially out of the playoff hopes, after San Francisco was projected to win the division. Mike’s coaching record for the 49ers ended at 18 wins and 22 losses.
  • Eric Mangini – Cleveland Browns – January 3 – After 2 straight seasons at 5-11 including losing the last 4 games of this season, Mike Holmgren made the decision to not give Eric a third chance.
My predictions for the next coaches to be fired before next season:
  • Jeff Fisher – Tennessee Titans – He may not be back next year, between arguments with quarterback Vince Young and coaching/owner staff, despite his record of success in the past.
  • Tony Sparano – Miami Dolphins – Many fans are calling for Tony to be released if Miami has any chance for the future. His job is at this time undetermined.

Andre vs Cortland, round 1 – fight!

Yesterday the National Hockey League replaced their ice skates with football cleats as the Houston Texans dominated over the Tennessee Titans – in every possible way. A 20-0 game with a brawl that we have not seen in a very long time, wide receiver Andre Johnson throwing a few punches to a defenseless corner back Cortland Finnegan.

Of course, Cortland while prone for the physical alteration, had certainly been asking for a beating for some time. See the video below.

The NFL fined each player $25,000 (petty change, really) and neither player will miss any game time as a result, past the ejections they both faced. Johnson apologized after the 20-0 win against the Titans on Sunday, during which both players were ejected.

On his Monday evening radio show, Finnegan apologized for the way he left the field on Sunday when he waved his arms in an attempt to stir up the crowd. Titans coach Jeff Fisher had argued against a suspension for Finnegan and said he had “very strong opinions” supporting his belief. Johnson and Finnegan will meet again when the teams play for a second time on December 19th. I can’t wait!