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Titans DC Chuck Cecil surprised by firing

Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:58 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After he was told he would not be retained as Titans defensive coordinator, Chuck Cecil could admit that, yes, he, in fact, was surprised by the move.

“You just have to move on,” Cecil told the Tennessean. “I can’t be more thankful than the opportunity I was given and I’ll take those things with me to my next job. I don’t want to turn this into a negative spin kind of thing. That’s life in the NFL. I owe a debt of gratitude to Jeff Fisher and Bud Adams and the Titans organization and I wish them the best of luck moving forward.”

Cecil was moved to defensive coordinator in 2009, and a team that had been ranked No. 7 in defense immediate fell to No. 27. The squad moved up slightly to No. 26 this season, and though it appeared for a little while that Fisher might be pink-slipped by Adams, Fisher’s return probably sealed Cecil’s fate.

“The bottom line to me, and I know everybody gets caught up in the yardage statistics, and I’ve always contended it is really about the points,” Cecil said. “There were obviously games we needed to play a lot better than we did and we didn’t perform at the level we expected.

“The bottom line is when the season ended the way it did, it is going to reflect poorly on everybody. Do I feel like the defense was to blame? I felt like the entire team was to blame. People are going to have different opinions about that. and everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I have my own and I’ll take it with me.’’

To his point about the scoring defense, the Titans ranked No. 2 in points allowed in 2008, No. 28 in 2009 and No. 15 this year.

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