Tag:Jeff Fisher
Posted on: February 7, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 1:25 pm

Mike Munchak hired as new Titans coach

Posted by Will Brinson

The Titans announced on Monday that Mike Munchak, the former offensive line coach, would take over as their new head coach.

Munchak, a Hall of Fame lineman with the Houston Oilers, served under Jeff Fisher as the offensive line coach for the past 14 years and was considered the front-runner for the position as the Titans interviewed various candidates.

"This is a special day for this franchise as one of our former players takes over the team as the head coach," said owner Bud Adams in a statement released by the team. "Mike has been successful at everything he has been associated with at our franchise and I have no reason to believe that he won’t be successful as our head coach.

"He earned Hall of Fame distinction as a player and yearly he has been one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL. He understands where we have been and knows where we need to go."

Munchak's obviously a "Titans guy" in that he's been with the organization for a long time. And it probably didn't hurt matters much that he played in the NFL with Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt.

"I have known Mike for 30 years and have always had the utmost admiration for him as a person, player and coach," said Reinfeldt. "He is a smart football man, who commands respect and accountability from everyone around him and I am confident that he will be successful. There were many qualified candidates for this position, but Mike makes sense on so many different levels."

Reinfeldt also cited Munchak's "franchise knowledge" as a "great asset."

Although there are plenty of reasons for fans to complain about the hiring, because it comes on the heels of the awkward Jeff Fisher termination and lacks "flash" and whatnot, it's still reasonably impressive that the team will be able to keep some sense continuity going despite getting such a late start on their coaching search.

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Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:43 pm

Fisher says, 'Thanks, guys!!!!'

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher made a nice gesture today, taking out a color full-page ad in the Tennessean to thank the Titans fans for being so helpful and loyal during his 17-year reign with the organization.

H/T to musiccitymiracles.com for the photo of the ad.

Jeff Fisher's ad in the Tennessean.

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 7:52 pm

Report: Titans will try and trade Vince Young

Posted by Will Brinson

Vince Young is as done with the Titans organization as Jeff Fisher. The only question remaining is how he exits.

It's been presumed that Tennessee will release Young. After all, he's not exactly a desirable commodity right now, even with a dearth of talented quarterbacks in the league. (And even though he's elite! Just ask him!) 

However, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Titans will seek to move Young if they can. However, there are a number of problems with being able to actually get someone to bite on Young.

For starters, there's his contract -- Young's set to make $8.5 million in 2011, and that's a pretty hefty price tag for a former first-rounder who's struggled intermittently on- and off the field throughout his career.

Making matters more murky, Young's due a $4.25 million roster bonus 10 days after a new CBA is signed. This is why the Titans are seeking to trade him (it's not due in March as previously believed), but it also means Tennessee has 10 days in which to make a move to get something in return.

So what's Young worth? Maybe a fourth- or fifth-rounder, given his struggles, the amount he's owed and the fact that he'd be a free agent after the 2011 season. There are certainly QB-needy teams out there (although Minnesota is the only team that really comes to mind when thinking of a possible trade partner), but the logical ending to this relationship involves Tennessee shopping Young, finding out no one's interested and then releasing him to not much fanfare.

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Posted on: January 29, 2011 12:02 am

Report: Munchak leading candidate for Titans job

Posted by Will Brinson

The biggest difficulty for the Titans right now -- outside of moving the "Ringling Brothers" sign to the rear of the facility -- is replacing the now-departed Jeff Fisher.

It appears that offensive line coach (and one of the few guys left on Fisher's staff before he departed) Mike Munchak is the leading candidate at the moment.

That's according to Terry McCormick of Titans Insider, who cites sources indicating the Titans like Munchak but will also interview a number of other candidates "including an applican to satisfy the Rooney Rule for minorities."

While there are only 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL, that doesn't mean filling one of them this late in the "coaching season" and this close to a potential lockout is a difficult task.

Perry Fewell is a name still sitting out there as a strong candidate (Josh mentioned him yesterday), but given his earlier concerns about being a token Rooney Ruler, he might not be interested in interviewing.

Gregg Williams is considered a strong possibility, but there are two tremendous concerns. First, he might not be able to bring his son (Bud Adams isn't a big nepotism fan, apparently) along with him. And secondly, he might decline to interview out of respect for Fisher.

Munchak, a 2001 Hall of Fame inductee, doesn't have any head coaching experience, but he's apparently well-liked by the team, having coached under Fisher since 1995.

"I think he’s a person, given his playing career and his coaching career, he’s certainly a person that you’d have to consider," said GM Mike Reinfeldt. "Again, we’re kind of in the early stages of this, so it would be kind of premature to answer that question at this point in time."

On the other hand, Reinfeldt stressed "head coaching experience" as a "good thing," so that's not great news. But he did play on the Oilers with Munchak, so he'd theoretically know as well as anyone whether or not the guy can handle the job.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:23 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 5:07 pm

Was nepotism a factor in Fisher firing?

J. Fisher (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

There are any number of factors (Vince Young, Bud Adams namely) that contributed to Jeff Fisher's surprising dismissal from Tennessee (and subsequent decision not to coach in 2011). 

Could one of them have also been nepotism?

That's what Paul Kuharsky of ESPN threw out there recently. Kuharsky points out that after Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was diagnosed with cancer last season, Fisher added his son, Brandon, to the staff as an offensive quality control assistant. Brandon Fisher essentially served a crash course apprenticeship under Heimerdinger.

After that little apprenticeship for Brandon Fisher, who played football at Montana, his father apparently wanted more.

A source told John Clayton that Jeff Fisher was looking to add Brandon Fisher to his 2011 staff as a quality control coach, and that turned out to be a breaking point for Bud Adams.

I can’t believe Jeff Fisher didn’t know it would be.

Nepotism has long been taboo for Adams, and it’s the primary reason Gregg Williams, who wanted to bring his son Blake along, didn’t rejoin the franchise as defensive coordinator after the 2008 season.

Kuharsky also believes that Fisher may have been looking to cash out while avoiding an ugly lame duck season in 2011.

Fisher said in his farewell press conference that there was some discussion about Brandon’s appointment to the staff but “that was not the issue”. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, however, said he heard that it was a significant issue for Fisher.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 3:49 pm

Jeff Fisher will not coach in 2011

Posted by Andy Benoit

In his farewell press conference, Jeff Fisher made two things clear:

1. He is not going to get into specifics (this was his version of Drew Rosenhaus’ famous “Next Question!” in fending off reporters).

2. He is going to take some time off from coaching.

“I’ve been coaching 25 years and I’m tired,” Fisher said. He added that coaches who coach 10 years, take a break and then come back are three times better coaches in Year 11.

Thus, don’t expect to see Jeff Fisher on a sideline in 2011.


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Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:32 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 9:29 pm

Even more thoughts on Fisher

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here are some Fisher follow-up thoughts:

-  Just got finished doing Toronto radio, and host Bryan Hayes asked me about what Fisher will do this year. The more I talked while answering the question, the more it made sense that Fisher will not work at all.

There’s absolutely no reason for him to go to Philadelphia as the Eagles defensive coordinator, and as Foxsports.com is reporting, Fisher is going to get $8 million in 2011 not to coach Tennessee (though the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt says that number is greatly exaggerated and that the real buyout is maybe half that). At this point, why not just play golf and let your money grow in a safe investment strategy? Take a year off to recharge the batteries and see what's available in 2012.

- How in demand is Fisher going to be in 2012? Let’s see, an experienced, well-respected head coach and a guy who’s taken his team to the Super Bowl. I’d say pretty in demand.

If this year was the year of coordinators getting head coaching jobs (Ron Rivera in Carolina, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland, Hue Jackson in Oakland), 2012 could be the return of coaching big-wigs (Fisher, Jon Gruden, maybe Bill Cowher).

For teams that will have coaches on the hot seat – I’m looking at you Miami, Cincinnati, Houston, Jacksonville and San Diego – they could have a nice roster of potential new hires (if they’re willing to shell out the money, of course).

- Some player reaction has begun to filter in, including this wonderful quote from DE Jason Babin, who was upset when defensive line coach Jim Washburn left and who sent Rapid Reporter Bob McClellan this text message from the Pro Bowl in Hawaii:

 “It broke my heart when ‘Wash(burn)’ left and now they just poured salt on it. I’m going to miss that mullet.”

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 7:52 pm

Who could replace Fisher?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here are three possibilities who could take over Jeff Fisher's old Titans job:

  • Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell: Already Fewell has interviewed for three head coaching spots this year, so at this point, he’s the most-experienced interviewee of the offseason.
  • Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips: This relationship goes back a long way. It might be too soon to rehire the fired Phillips, but Adams employed Phillips’ dad, Bum Phillips, in the ‘70s with the Oilers, and those teams had plenty of success.
  • Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams: Apparently, he and Adams have a nice relationship, and he was in the Oilers/Titans organization from 1990-2000. But according to Rapid Reporter Larry Holder, the lack of a starting quarterback in the organization could keep Williams away from the position. Plus, he and Fisher happen to be really good friends, so Fisher certainly could discourage Williams from taking the job.
By the way, this is what Williams told Holder earlier this week at the Senior Bowl regarding potential head coaching openings: “It has to be the right job. Here’s what I say, when you have players and you have coaches that answer you in absolutes, they’re lying to you. So for me to say ‘I never,’ I couldn’t say that. But I can say that I have a great job right now that I love. Love! "

Also, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean has floated the name of offensive line coach Mike Munchak who could be in line to replace Fisher.

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