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Bud Adams explains why he kept Fisher

Posted on: January 9, 2011 11:29 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

At first, we thought Titans owner Bud Adams would keep his troubled QB Vince Young instead of his longtime coach Jeff Fisher. Most of us agreed that he would be making a big mistake to see more value in Young than Fisher, but most of us also agreed that we wouldn’t be all that surprised too see Adams make that move anyway.

Fisher seemed adamant about not working with Young any more, and vice versa. Adams, meanwhile, was trying to figure out a way to keep the two of them together.

"I was thinking we could get him and Vince together, but it wasn't going to work,” Adams told the Tennessean. “It is one of those things where we had to buckle down and get it over with. … With what I am paying (Fisher), I am not going to let him go and pay him a lot of money. I was thinking we could get him and Vince together, but it wasn't going to work so I had to stick with Jeff and let Vince go.''

So, he sent Young packing and kept Fisher around for a while longer, though he’s also not giving Fisher an extension. That means Fisher will enter 2011 in the final season of his contract.

From the story:

(Adams) admitted parting ways with Young was difficult.

In 2006, Adams handpicked the Houston native after his spectacular performance in leading Texas to the national championship. On two occasions when the Titans were struggling, Adams sent word to Fisher that he wanted Young on the field, and the coach reluctantly complied. …

On Wednesday, Young told The Tennessean he didn't think Fisher ever "trusted" him and said, "I just never felt like I was his guy.'' Young was scheduled to receive about $12 million in salary and bonuses from the Titans this year.

"Vince is a good man,'' Adams said. "Vince realizes he probably stepped on a lot of toes and did some things he shouldn't have done. He is sorry it took place, but he understood what we decided to do and I hope he's learned a lesson.


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:36 am
 

Bud Adams explains why he kept Fisher

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Bud Adams explains why he kept Fisher

While I completly agree that Bud Addams is an incredible tightwad, I think the reason he threw Young off the good ship Titan and kept Fisher is he had to have gotten some advice from someone who told him the second he fired Fisher, Fisher would be re-hired by someone else (49ers? Dolphins? Bengals?), and would go out of his way to stick it to the Titans every chance he got. The advisor also told him Young is not a good NFL QB, he will not accept the mantel of leadership and he is a diva.

Jeff Fisher wants to win a championship for the Titans and for Bud Addams. He learned very quickly that Young is not Steve McNair and learned soon after that, that Young would never come close to holding Steve McNair's cleats. He knows how to plan for and win ball games. He took a team last year that started 1-6, and contended for the playoffs.

Fisher may be gone in 2012. If so, he'll be missed by that team and their fans. But, If Addams were smart; and he's shown often that he makes football decisions emotionally; he'd allow Fisher to stay as long as he wants.

Oh yeah, before I forget, GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!



Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Bud Adams explains why he kept Fisher

What it is really about is the historic unreliability of Vince Young and the simple fact that Fisher is one of the best coaches in the league. I wouldn't drop another dime on Young...he is an unstable human being and you can't center a team around that kind of gamble.



Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Bud Adams explains why he kept Fisher

silly question ... aren't all businesses about money? all VY is ... is an investment that promises NO dividends and takes up inventory space ... lol



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:05 am
 

Bud Adams explains why he kept Fisher

We are never going to get the truth here entirely.  There is no question that Mr. Adams had to deal with the cold hard fact, Coach Fisher wasn't staying if Vince Young was to reamin with the Titans.  Money has to be a consideration and not having to pay $12M to VJ to ride the pine next season certainly played in the decision process.  There is however one thing everyone is avoiding.  If Bud was sold on Vince what made him decide to let him go?  The $12M looks like the motive but that is not the rest of the story.  

If Bud wanted to keep Vince (and he did), who would be the coach since that meant letting Coach Fisher go after 16 years at the helm.  The answer is no one wanted to to try and rescue the Titans and makeover Vince Young.  So why not let both go, Coach Fisher and Vince Young?  That was what I was thinking, and while I choose not to go any further, lets just say that was what Mr. Adams wanted to do once he decided Vince had to go.  What is the point of keeping Coach Fisher one more season except, not paying the buy out of the last year of his contract.  Therefore since the coach that Adams wanted to bring to Tennessee did not want to come, even the miser Bud Adams was willing to allow Jeff one more season.  That means Fisher is gone next year barring another Music City Miracle. I still stand by the Fact that Gruden was the choice but again he chose not to answer the call. 



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:05 am
 

Bud Adams explains why he kept Fisher

We are never going to get the truth here entirely.  There is no question that Mr. Adams had to deal with the cold hard fact, Coach Fisher wasn't staying if Vince Young was to reamin with the Titans.  Money has to be a consideration and not having to pay $12M to VJ to ride the pine next season certainly played in the decision process.  There is however one thing everyone is avoiding.  If Bud was sold on Vince what made him decide to let him go?  The $12M looks like the motive but that is not the rest of the story.  

If Bud wanted to keep Vince (and he did), who would be the coach since that meant letting Coach Fisher go after 16 years at the helm.  The answer is no one wanted to to try and rescue the Titans and makeover Vince Young.  So why not let both go, Coach Fisher and Vince Young?  That was what I was thinking, and while I choose not to go any further, lets just say that was what Mr. Adams wanted to do once he decided Vince had to go.  What is the point of keeping Coach Fisher one more season except, not paying the buy out of the last year of his contract.  Therefore since the coach that Adams wanted to bring to Tennessee did not want to come, even the miser Bud Adams was willing to allow Jeff one more season.  That means Fisher is gone next year barring another Music City Miracle. I still stand by the Fact that Gruden was the choice but again he chose not to answer the call. 



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:57 am
 

Bud Adams explains why he kept Fisher

It's all about the money, aint it Bud?


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