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Posted on: January 3, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Adams still undecided on Fisher's future

Posted by Will Brinson

The Tennessee Titans and Jeff Fisher are in what's most likely the oddest "hot seat" situation, because of Fisher's lengthy tenure with the team.

So it makes sense that it's unfolding oddly -- Titans' owner Bud Adams released a statement (from Houston) shortly before Jeff Fisher took the podium (in Tennessee) and there appears to be some discord between the sides.

“I met for several hours today with Steve Underwood and Mike Reinfeldt about our organization and where we go from here," Adams said in a statement released by the team. "I will continue to review all aspects of what we do as a football team, including the coaching staff and other decisions that are in front of us.

"There are several things that need to be considered in this evaluation process, including Jeff’s (Fisher) history with our team, the labor situation and other challenges. I have been at this for a long time, and these decisions take time and thoughtful consideration. I will make the decisions that I feel are in the best interest of the team. I do understand the time element involved and would expect to make these decisions in the near future.

"In the meantime, I will continue to be in contact with Jeff and the senior staff for any additional information that I may need."

Fisher echoed the "no one really knows for sure what's going to happen" sentiment when speaking with the media in Nashville.

"I'm in a situation for the first time in my career where there's curiosity regarding my tenure here and I know everyone has a lot of questions here, but it is a process and we're going to continue to discuss it," Fisher said. "We have, as you can appreciate, some difficult decisions to make, so we'll continue with that. In the event I can't answer your questions, it's because we're still in the process."

The crux of the issue seems to be, simply, Vince Young.

Obviously things run a little deeper than that, and Fisher acknowledged that he could make a trip to Houston at some point in the week, but there's a general belief that Fisher doesn't want to coach Young and/or start him at quarterback, while Adams is adamant that Young is the Titans' quarterback of the future.

However, things have changed pretty dramatically since the initial issues between Fisher and Young earlier this year. Two jobs that seemed like ideal landing spots for Fisher, if he chose to walk or was fired, are either filled (Houston) or likely to be filled (Dallas).

While San Francisco, Cleveland and Carolina could also present an opportunity for Fisher if he becomes unemployed, it seems like he's lost a little bit of leverage in negotiations with his owner going forward.

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: January 6, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Black Monday Roundup: Coaching Carousel

Posted by Will Brinson

Excellent question -- after all, it's Black Monday (the first Monday after the NFL season ends) and that means people are getting canned left and right. This year may be uglier than ever, so we suggest you bookmark this page and stop by as we'll update it every time there's breaking news.
THURSDAY  WEDNESDAY
  • Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and his top men flew to California Wednesday and are reportedly prepared to make Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in the NFL.
  • 2:03 PM John Elway tells the Denver Post he will ask for permission to speak to Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
TUESDAY
  • 8:46 PM The Raiders have given the 49ers permission to speak with Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for the San Francisco head coaching job. Also, in that same post, we discover 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky will interview for the Panthers head job.
MONDAY
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Posted on: January 3, 2011 12:28 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 11:08 am
 

Adams meeting with Fisher Monday to decide fate

Posted by Will Brinson

"Black Monday" inspires plenty of fear in NFL coaches who didn't make the playoffs. And although you can't imagine Jeff Fisher of the Titans is "scared," there's certainly reason for him to be concerned with his job security.

That's because Fisher will, according to a report from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, meet with owner Bud Adams and other senior officials of the Titans organization to discuss Fisher's future with the team.

RELATED: COACHING HOT SEAT TRACKER

Fisher is the longest-tenured coach in the NFL right now, and the only coach in Titans history, but there are plenty of people who believe he'll be gone from Tennessee next season. That's primarily because Adams remains so infatuated with Vince Young that he's willing to overlook just how little the former Texas star has progressed (both on- and off the field) since being drafted in the first round by Tennessee.

Adams said earlier this year that he expected Fisher and Young to work things out, but given the things that Fisher's said publicly about Young since the quarterback walked out on the locker room, that seems pretty unlikely.

If Fisher were to become a coaching free agent, it seems logical that he'd be sought-after, although coaching jobs appear to be filling up a little more quickly than they did a few weeks ago.

Then again, it wasn't too long ago that the Titans looked like one of the best teams in the NFL, so it's worth noting that things change quickly.

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Posted on: January 2, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 7:21 pm
 

NFL Coaching Hot Seat Tracker: Black Monday

Black Monday is upon us, and that means plenty of coaching changes. We've organized all the NFL teams into a semi-draft order (yes, we know the Raiders don't have that pick and yes, this could change, but it puts the bad teams up top!) to give you an idea of who's been fired, who might be fired, how much job security they have, and potential candidates in different cities. See someone you think SHOULD be on the hot seat or a candidate for a certain job we missed? Let us know in the comments.  

RELATED: BLACK MONDAY/TUESDAY RUMOR MILL ROUND-UP

Team Coach Job Security Candidates



Ron Rivera

Rivera lands a 4-year, $11.2 million deal reportedly
The Panthers announced on Tuesday that Ron Rivera will be the organization's fourth head coach .



John Fox

Fox HIRED!
It seemed like the Broncos might go with someone that was familiar with their organization, but ultimately, they opted for experience and Fox , who they believe can help the defense and the team turnaround quickly.



Chan Gailey

Safe
The Bills were terrible in 2010, but they never gave up and routinely came close to upsetting better teams. Also, no one else wants the gig.



Marvin Lewis

RE-SIGNED!
Lewis called himself "unemployed" and he seems as good as gone but then there was a report that he'll return with Cincy in 2011 . Then there was a report he wouldn't. Now he's back, officially .



Ken Wisenhunt

Safe ... for now
Hard to imagine the Cards would dump Whiz until they give him a shot with another real quarterback. Cowher thinks Kevin Kolb lands here.



Jim Harbaugh

HIRED!
After much speculation as to where Jim Harbaugh would land, he finally ended up signing a $25 million, 5-year deal with the Niners .



Jason Garrett

HIRED!
Garrett was named the full-time Dallas head coach on Thursday at a lengthy press conference in Cowboys Stadium.



Gary Kubiak

NOT FIRED!
Kubiak is safe but the entire defensive staff has been canned , and now the Wade Phillips for DC speculation begins.



Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur HIRED!
Shurmur bolted St. Louis for Cleveland and it appears Mike Holmgren really wanted someone familiar with his West Coast offense.



Jim Schwartz

Safe
Lions won four straight to close the season; Schwartz has to be a hero in Detroit at this point.



Pete Carroll

Safe
NFC West title locked Carroll in and even with the Seahawks ugly loss to the Bears, it's hard to question what he did in his first season.



Jeff Fisher

OFFICIALLY BACK! DONE
In a surprising move, Fisher and Tennessee are parting ways. Now, the Titans will have to replace their head coach and their starting QB.



Mike Shanahan

Needing a QB
Dan Snyder letting Shanny run the team so him getting booted is a long shot. QB situation is a bit of a nightmare though.



Leslie Frazier

HIRED!
The Vikings didn't wait long -- they announced on Monday that Frazier's "interim" tag would be lifted and he'll be their head coach.



Hue Jackson

Jackson was hired Monday
Cable got the boot and now it looks like Hue Jackson's the favorite to land the coaching gig. Al Davis is involved though, so anything could happen.



Steve Spagnuolo

Such a cold seat
Even without a division title, the turnaround in St. Louis is pretty clear and Spags is safe.



Tony Sparano

EXTENDED!
After the Fins chased Harbaugh  and embarrassed Sparano publicly, they apologized financially by giving him a 2-year extension. How swell.



Jack Del Rio

SAFE!
Del Rio's got one more year, but it's "playoffs or bust" for JDR, according to owner Wayne Weaver.



Norv Turner

Safe for 2011
Front office says Norv's their guy for at least next year. Another disappointing season like 2010 and he could finally get the boot.



Tom Coughlin

SAFE!
Coughlin is confirmed as returning by Giants owner John Mara
Coughlin's in the middle of a playoff fight (thanks to the Bears) and Casserly says he'll be back with a one-year extension .



Raheem Morris

Award-winning?
Losses in late games by the Packers and Giants would get Morris in the playoffs and a pretty good shot at Coach of the Year if he doesn't win anyway.



Jim Caldwell

Safe
As long as Peyton Manning's playing for the Colts, it's hard to see them dumping Caldwell.



Mike McCarthy

Safe
The Packers look like the latest team to go from  "talented team to nearly miss the playoffs" to "white-hot wild card that wins the Super Bowl," so there's no reason to question McCarthy.



Todd Haley

Division champion
Haley's pretty golden in KC, no matter what some people want to say about his ego.



Rex Ryan

In like foot. Er, flint
Back-to-back playoff berths for Ryan mean he's plenty fine.



Andy Reid

Safe
The only question is whether or not Reid will trade Kevin Kolb in the offseason and how long they can keep Vick.



Sean Payton

Safe, duh
He won a Super Bowl two years ago.



Lovie Smith

Surprisingly safe
Did anyone think Lovie was safe heading into 2011? Yet he won the division and the Bears are white-hot. Very impressive year. 



John Harbaugh

Safe
Only thing he has to worry about is whether he has to face his bro once a year or not.



Mike Tomlin

Safe
Clearly, Tomlin's doing alright. 



Mike Smith

Safe
Weird thing is, Smith's not getting nearly enough love as a potential coach of the year candidate.



Bill Belichick

Safe
Retirement is the only way he'll ever get removed from New England. Arguably his greatest coaching job ever. 

Posted on: January 2, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 7:21 pm
 

NFL Coaching Hot Seat Tracker: Black Monday

Black Monday is upon us, and that means plenty of coaching changes. We've organized all the NFL teams into a semi-draft order (yes, we know the Raiders don't have that pick and yes, this could change, but it puts the bad teams up top!) to give you an idea of who's been fired, who might be fired, how much job security they have, and potential candidates in different cities. See someone you think SHOULD be on the hot seat or a candidate for a certain job we missed? Let us know in the comments.  

RELATED: BLACK MONDAY/TUESDAY RUMOR MILL ROUND-UP

Team Coach Job Security Candidates



Ron Rivera

Rivera lands a 4-year, $11.2 million deal reportedly
The Panthers announced on Tuesday that Ron Rivera will be the organization's fourth head coach .



John Fox

Fox HIRED!
It seemed like the Broncos might go with someone that was familiar with their organization, but ultimately, they opted for experience and Fox , who they believe can help the defense and the team turnaround quickly.



Chan Gailey

Safe
The Bills were terrible in 2010, but they never gave up and routinely came close to upsetting better teams. Also, no one else wants the gig.



Marvin Lewis

RE-SIGNED!
Lewis called himself "unemployed" and he seems as good as gone but then there was a report that he'll return with Cincy in 2011 . Then there was a report he wouldn't. Now he's back, officially .



Ken Wisenhunt

Safe ... for now
Hard to imagine the Cards would dump Whiz until they give him a shot with another real quarterback. Cowher thinks Kevin Kolb lands here.



Jim Harbaugh

HIRED!
After much speculation as to where Jim Harbaugh would land, he finally ended up signing a $25 million, 5-year deal with the Niners .



Jason Garrett

HIRED!
Garrett was named the full-time Dallas head coach on Thursday at a lengthy press conference in Cowboys Stadium.



Gary Kubiak

NOT FIRED!
Kubiak is safe but the entire defensive staff has been canned , and now the Wade Phillips for DC speculation begins.



Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur HIRED!
Shurmur bolted St. Louis for Cleveland and it appears Mike Holmgren really wanted someone familiar with his West Coast offense.



Jim Schwartz

Safe
Lions won four straight to close the season; Schwartz has to be a hero in Detroit at this point.



Pete Carroll

Safe
NFC West title locked Carroll in and even with the Seahawks ugly loss to the Bears, it's hard to question what he did in his first season.



Jeff Fisher

OFFICIALLY BACK! DONE
In a surprising move, Fisher and Tennessee are parting ways. Now, the Titans will have to replace their head coach and their starting QB.



Mike Shanahan

Needing a QB
Dan Snyder letting Shanny run the team so him getting booted is a long shot. QB situation is a bit of a nightmare though.



Leslie Frazier

HIRED!
The Vikings didn't wait long -- they announced on Monday that Frazier's "interim" tag would be lifted and he'll be their head coach.



Hue Jackson

Jackson was hired Monday
Cable got the boot and now it looks like Hue Jackson's the favorite to land the coaching gig. Al Davis is involved though, so anything could happen.



Steve Spagnuolo

Such a cold seat
Even without a division title, the turnaround in St. Louis is pretty clear and Spags is safe.



Tony Sparano

EXTENDED!
After the Fins chased Harbaugh  and embarrassed Sparano publicly, they apologized financially by giving him a 2-year extension. How swell.



Jack Del Rio

SAFE!
Del Rio's got one more year, but it's "playoffs or bust" for JDR, according to owner Wayne Weaver.



Norv Turner

Safe for 2011
Front office says Norv's their guy for at least next year. Another disappointing season like 2010 and he could finally get the boot.



Tom Coughlin

SAFE!
Coughlin is confirmed as returning by Giants owner John Mara
Coughlin's in the middle of a playoff fight (thanks to the Bears) and Casserly says he'll be back with a one-year extension .



Raheem Morris

Award-winning?
Losses in late games by the Packers and Giants would get Morris in the playoffs and a pretty good shot at Coach of the Year if he doesn't win anyway.



Jim Caldwell

Safe
As long as Peyton Manning's playing for the Colts, it's hard to see them dumping Caldwell.



Mike McCarthy

Safe
The Packers look like the latest team to go from  "talented team to nearly miss the playoffs" to "white-hot wild card that wins the Super Bowl," so there's no reason to question McCarthy.



Todd Haley

Division champion
Haley's pretty golden in KC, no matter what some people want to say about his ego.



Rex Ryan

In like foot. Er, flint
Back-to-back playoff berths for Ryan mean he's plenty fine.



Andy Reid

Safe
The only question is whether or not Reid will trade Kevin Kolb in the offseason and how long they can keep Vick.



Sean Payton

Safe, duh
He won a Super Bowl two years ago.



Lovie Smith

Surprisingly safe
Did anyone think Lovie was safe heading into 2011? Yet he won the division and the Bears are white-hot. Very impressive year. 



John Harbaugh

Safe
Only thing he has to worry about is whether he has to face his bro once a year or not.



Mike Tomlin

Safe
Clearly, Tomlin's doing alright. 



Mike Smith

Safe
Weird thing is, Smith's not getting nearly enough love as a potential coach of the year candidate.



Bill Belichick

Safe
Retirement is the only way he'll ever get removed from New England. Arguably his greatest coaching job ever. 

Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:49 pm
 

Randy Moss: 'I didn't call no radio outlet'

Posted by Will Brinson

There was some speculation recently that Randy Moss might have called into a the 3-Hour Lunch on 104.5 and pretended to be a concerned Titans fan named "Woody" who wanted Jeff Fisher fired.

As Andy pointed out, "Woody" was likely just a prankster with a decent Moss impersonation, and not the rarely gruntled wide receiver. Moss said the same thing on Wednesday.

"First of all that is not me, that is not my MO," Moss said. "I would never do an individual like that. What I do and what I have done speaks for itself. I conduct myself and carry myself as a man, so if there is something I need to say to you I’ll say it to your face. I wouldn’t go through no radios and try and hide and stuff like that."

See, I totally agree -- not only would Moss not say some of the things that Woody said, but if he wanted Fisher fired, he'd just punch the local BBQ retailer come out and say he wasn't happy with his coach.

"The only person who needed to hear it wasn’t me was Coach Fisher," Moss said. "I didn’t call no radio or no radio outlet. It was important for Coach Fisher to hear it from me that it wasn’t me because of all the uproar that people thought it was me."

It probably wasn't Moss. The more and more you listen to the audio, the easier it is to tell the difference between Woody and Moss, particularly in that Woody's pace is too quick for Moss' particular drawl.

But there is an important lesson to learn from this. See how that easy that is Vince Young? Just roll up to Fisher, tell him you didn't do anything wrong and it's all good.

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 10:06 am
 

Jeff Fisher: Randy Moss addition 'not a mistake'

Posted by Will Brinson

Ever since the Tennessee Titans added Randy Moss to the roster, things have not been, um, good. On November 3, when the Titans claimed Moss, they were on a bye and sitting in first place in the AFC South at 5-3. Since then, they've fallen to third place while going 1-5.

Also, Moss has done nothing, statistically speaking (not that there's anything wrong with that). But if you ask Jeff Fisher whether or not the team screwed up by claiming him, he'll tell you adding Moss was "not a mistake whatsoever."

"If we had to do it over, of course we would do it," Fisher said Monday per Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. "He has been great. Randy has been great for this team. The numbers aren't there, the production is not there, the play time is not there right now because Kenny (Britt) is coming back. But Randy is a great teammate. He works with the young guys and has fun, so it is great to have him around. We have really enjoyed him."

Okay, so as good as Kenny Britt is (and he's very good), think about how this speaks to Moss' football talents that he's not playing because Britt's healthy.

Look, Moss didn't cause the Titans to go 1-5 (although his seemingly mystical ability to bring down whatever team he's on in 2010 is pretty amazing), but he was CLEARLY a mistake, because he cost more millions of dollars than balls he's caught since joining Tennessee.

No amount of mentoring -- unless it's the really good kind of mentoring that he was giving to Percy Harvin in Minnesota -- is worth that much cash. Much less the failed all-in move that suddenly became the possible end of the Jeff Fisher Era.

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 6:55 pm
 

Fisher still happy with invisible Randy Moss

R. Moss wasn't targeted in Sunday's game (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Can anybody have predicted that WR Randy Moss would have had this severe a downfall this quickly?

For the second-straight game, Titans QB Kerry Collins didn’t target Moss at all (Collins attempted 24 passes, for the record), and Moss is testing out unprecedented water in his career (when he’s not even an afterthought in the offensive gameplan).

Moss has been invisible, and though he probably won’t, he has to question his future in the league. Even so, Titans coach Jeff Fisher seems genuinely happy with Moss’ contributions to the team (five catches for 62 yards and zero touchdowns in six games).

“It was not a mistake whatsoever (to sign Moss),” Fisher told reporters, including the Tennessean. “If we had to do it over, of course we would do it. He has been great. Randy has been great for this team. The numbers aren’t there, the production is not there, the play time is not there right now because Kenny (Britt) is coming back.

“But Randy is a great teammate. He works with the young guys and has fun, so it is great to have him around. We have really enjoyed him.’’

And to his credit, Moss hasn’t said anything inflammatory about his diminished on-field role with Tennessee, and he’s (gasp!) actually talking to the local media.

Perhaps it’s because he knows his career hangs in the balance. If he pops off, bitching and moaning, his chances of playing next year decline. If he stays quiet, remains a good teammate, becomes a mentor of sorts, he might have a better opportunity next season, because Fisher will give him a good recommendation and because the words “more mature now” will be bandied about.

He still has skills, and somebody most likely will sign him for (relatively) cheap with richer incentives.

Hey, it worked for Terrell Owens, anyway.

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