Tag:Jeff Fisher
Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:03 am
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Fisher says good things about Vince Young?!?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Wait a minute, has the world gone mad? Are dogs and cats, as Bill Murray once suggested, living together? Are we at Armageddon?

Vince's saga
Because if there’s one thing I didn’t expect to read this morning was former Titans coach Jeff Fisher praising QB Vince Young. Yes, you read that correctly. Fisher praised Young.

“Vince has won a lot of games; he’s led teams to the playoffs before,” Fisher told the NFL Network (via NFL.com). ”I believe he can (win in the NFL). It’s just a matter of him finding a place that suits him and be in the right place and work hard. But he certainly has that ability.”

Crazy, right? See this is the kind of thing I’d expect Fisher to say after days of oxygen deprivation while he’s trekking up Mount Kilimanjero. But no, he hasn’t started climbing yet. So I guess he must really mean it. Either that, or it’s the end of days.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Fisher, Bruschi, Lewis climbing Kilimanjaro

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL has been a big advocate for the "Wounded Warriors Project," a charity organization that raises money for soldiers injured in the line of duty. But, man-oh-man are Tedy Bruschi, Jeff Fisher and Chad Lewis stepping up big-time for the project.

And I mean that literally, as the trio, along with a group of wounded warriors, are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa beginning on May 13.

The climb will kick off the WWP's "Believe in Heroes" campaign, which is "designed to educate the public on the challenges facing this new generation of wounded American heroes."    “Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro will be memorable, but to be able to experience it with service members that have sacrificed so much for our country is what I'm truly looking forward to,” said Bruschi. “These men and women are beyond inspiring, and I am thankful to the NFL for this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

UnderArmour's doing the sporting thing here and hooking all the guys up with gear for the climb, but I'm not sure that any amount of charitable clothing donation is going to make this trip any easier for any of the climbers.

But kudos to them for devoting the time, effort and energy to helping those less fortunate who served our country.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.5.11: Players not huge Goodell fans



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is pretty adamant about getting a bill done that would fund a new stadium for the Vikings. Even if the state’s budget is going to be short about $5 billion the next two years, Dayton wants this thing done ASAP.
  • The Dolphins will induct former broadcaster Jim Mandich – who also was a starter on the undefeated 1972 Miami team – into the organization’s honor roll. Mandich died last week from cancer at the age of 62. He will be the 22nd member of the honor roll.
  • Another interesting story from Yahoo! Sports’ Mike Silver on the dislike many NFL players have for commissioner Roger Goodell.
  • A Cowboys spokeswoman who says she was hurt when the team’s practice facility collapsed in 2009 has filed a lawsuit. Jancy Briles is suing the companies responsible for building the structure, and she’s looking for compensation for "serious, disabling and permanent injuries."
  • Former Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi, along with former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, will attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro next week as they try to drum up support for the Wounded Warrior Project. Sounds like a lot of climbing to me.

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:44 am
 

Munchak says Vince Young won't be back

Young Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In the battle between Titans coach Jeff Fisher and QB Vince Young, owner Bud Adams declared Fisher the winner and decided to move on without a player who Adams still believed was valuable to his team.

Then, when Fisher resigned, there seemed to be a chance – a very small chance – Young could return to resume his career with Tennessee.

And even though Young has declared he wants to stay in Nashville, that, according to coach Mike Munchak, is not going to happen. 

No matter what happens in next week’s draft, Munchak said, via the Tennessean , Young won’t be back.

“That was a decision made months ago and nothing that is going to happen personnel-wise, or how the draft goes, is going to change that,” Munchak said. “It wasn’t just a Jeff Fisher decision – I think people kind of have that feeling because it happened back then, we could change our decision.”

Hell, other players, like RB Chris Johnson, have said as much, because they, like us, assumed that with Fisher out of the picture, Young could return. But no, that’s incorrect.

“It was a company decision, so obviously we aren’t going to change that decision,” he said. “We are standing by that decision. What’s been done is best for everybody.”

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Tennessee Titans

Posted by Josh Katzowitz



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The Titans are in need of an overhaul, which is exactly what they’ll be getting this year (whether they want it or not). Long-time coach Jeff Fisher is gone, replaced by his former OL coach, Mike Munchak. Defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil is gone, replaced by Jerry Gray.

So is offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, replaced by Chris Palmer. So is QB Vince Young, replaced by, um, who exactly?

You might have forgotten this, but at one point last season, Tennessee was 5-2. Then, the Titans lost eight of their final nine games of the season to finish the season on a disastrous note. A note that signified that the organization needs a makeover and fast.




New coaching staff

The end of Fisher’s tenure in Tennessee was awfully strange. Though it seemed like owner Bud Adams thought about picking Young over Fisher, he actually didn’t. He wanted Fisher to stay, and Fisher agreed to return. Until he didn’t, changing his mind and resigning his position. Which means that the Titans are going through a wholesale change, and considering the lockout is preventing the staff from meeting with the players, Tennessee will have a tough time catching up.

One of the biggest losses to the team, though, was when DL coach Jim Washburn left for Philadelphia. Jason Babin – who made his first Pro Bowl last season – was really upset with the transition, because he knows how much Washburn tutored him. Washburn also helped develop Albert Haynesworth, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Antwan Odom, and his loss will be felt, especially if Babin leaves via free agency.




1. Quarterback
Young is gone, and though he compiled a 26-13 record and two Pro Bowl appearances in his five seasons with the Titans, a clean break from the organization clearly was needed. So, who to replace him? Kerry Collins, but he’s 38 years old. Rusty Smith, but he’ll be a second-year player with only one start of experience. So, where do you go next? Backup Brett Ratliff? I don’t think so.

2. Interior Offensive Line
LG Leroy Harris and C Eugene Amano struggled last season – one reason RB Chris Johnson’s numbers weren’t as good as he expected. Harris is still young, so the Titans might continue to use him, but Johnson might be appreciative if the Tennessee played somebody else at LG and C. RG Jake Scott, meanwhile, is solid and dependable.

3. Defensive Tackle
When the Titans talked about trading back for Albert Haynesworth last season, you know they were desperate for another DT. Thus, the Titans have to be loving the recent supposed drop in value of Auburn DT Nick Fairley. Although the undersized Jason Jones is quite a strong player at one DT spot, Fairley could add big talent to the defensive line if he’s still available for the Titans to draft at No. 8.




Is there optimism for the Titans next season? I don’t see how. Not after they lost their quarterback and then hired a head coach who’s never even been a coordinator to lead the team. Munchak, a pro football Hall of Famer because of his playing skills, is well-respected inside the game, but it might take a year or two to turn around the organization that, let’s face it, was left in total disarray.

And while we can say the AFC South isn’t necessarily going to be dominated by the Colts next season, I’d put the Jaguars and Texans ahead of Tennessee in the race for the division crown. By far.

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Rusty Smith wants to start for Tennessee

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might remember the day last season Titans backup QB Rusty Smith was called into action after the whole Vince Young/Jeff Fisher/walking out on teammates saga and then backup Kerry Collins getting hurt.

It occurred Nov. 28 when the then-rookie Smith went 17 of 31 for 138 yards and three interceptions in a loss to the Texans, and immediately afterward, he was relegated to backup duty once again.

Smith Still, Smith wants to compete for Tennessee’s starting job heading into next season.

Especially since, you know, Young isn’t around any more and it sounds like the Titans will look to add a veteran and a rookie QB to the roster before next year. If you think Smith is the forgotten man – and honestly, he probably is; his name hasn’t crossed my mind since that Texans game – he’d like to persuade you that you’re wrong.

"A lot of that has to do with newspaper people talking about that stuff," Smith told the Tennessean. "They tend to forget about small guys like me. I think the coaching staff knows what I can do and that I'm still here and working hard."

Smith obviously is dealing with a new head coach in Mike Munchak (though someone who’s familiar with Smith’s work) and a new offensive coordinator in Chris Palmer, so, in some respects, he’ll get a fresh start.

But if last season was any indication, he’s going to have to be really good early on in preseason practices to convince anybody that he’s ready to handle an NFL starting quarterback role.

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Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Finnegan vows to change bad-boy ways

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Titans CB Cortland Finnegan isn’t one of the most popular guys in the NFL.

He’s the one who got into a knockdown, drag-out fight with calm-minded Texans star WR Andre Johnson (video below), though his former coach, Jeff Fisher, defended Finnegan afterward.

This didn’t receive nearly the attention the Johnson brouhaha did, but Finnegan also got into it last year with Broncos lineman Chris Kuper (which led Kyle Orton to call Finnegan “ridiculous”).

Basically, Finnegan is generally regarded as one of the dirtiest players in the NFL (if not, THE dirtiest).

Now, Finnegan says he needs to change his persona.

“It’s the last year of my contract and I’ve got to be on my `ones and twos,’” Finnegan told the Tennessean after a voluntary Titans workout at a local high school. “A leader needs to step up for this team. I feel like last year, due to certain circumstances, I wasn’t that guy. So I need to be that way now – to the reporters, to everyone, man. I need to be more accountable.”

Finnegan said there was no catalyst to why he figured he needed to change. Just felt like it was time, I suppose.

“For whatever reason, sometimes we can get selfish, and sometimes humility and talking to the right people (who have that) is good,” Finnegan said. “So I apologize to the media and all of that. I just need to be ready for the good times and the bad times.”



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Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Vince Young: 'I would love to stay in Nashville'

Posted by Will Brinson

Things they are a'changin' in Nashville. There's a new head coach (Mike Munchak is in after the ousting of Jeff Fisher), a new coaching staff (Munchak's filling out his guys obviously) and, at some point, a new quarterback coming to town.

Unless Vince Young stays, which seems quite improbable. Well, to everyone except Vince Young anyway.

"I would love to stay in Nashville. I would love to stay in Tennessee," Young told Chaney Entertainment per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. "If it doesn't happen, wherever God blesses me to be at I'll give 100 percent."

It's probably not going to happen. I think. But this is Bud Adams we're talking about, and he's got a coach running his team that doesn't necessarily have the pull that Fisher had while in charge.

Which means if you see Vince buttering up Munchak, there's always a chance hanging out there that he could end up returning. So, um, uh-oh.

"I'm a big fan of Munchak," Young said. "I always call him Big Hall of Famer in the hallways and things like that. I have a lot of respect for him and he has a lot of respect for me so it's great. He deserves it ... like coach Fisher said ... he’s definitely the guy for the job."

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The only problems is Munchak has to be wondering whether Young's the guy for the other job. Based on the way things have gone for Young in Tennessee, it's almost impossible to think he believes that. However, it's generally believed that Adams still envisions Young as the guy who won a Rose Bowl, and not the mediocre NFL quarterback he's been for his career.

Then again, it's also worth noting that if the Titans want to trade Young (and he wants to be seen as tradeable and/or signable), he also has to say the right things publicly right now.

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