Longevity as a professional sport important coach is in short provide today, and the NFL has just lost the longest tenured head coach in league. The Tennessee Titans declared on Thursday that Jeff Fisher wouldn’t be returning for this 17th full period at the helm of the NFL club. The move was somewhat of a shock due to the length of Fisher’s tenure as head coach. After reports surfaced that that the team was negotiating a buyout of the one year remaining on Fisher’s contract, the team made it official within a couple of hours. The ‘official’ spin will indicate that Fisher is leaving by ‘mutual agreement’ but that doesn’t transform the fact that he was basically dismissed by the Titans.
Fisher came out to survive a battle of wills with petulant quarterback Vince Young last season, and originally owner Bud Adams opted bring him back for the final year of his deal. The team gives details to the reversal of course with the next statement:
“After the season was complete, we had numerous discussions on the direction of the team and were pleased that we were moving forward with Jeff at the helm. Since that time, it became evident that consensus was increasingly hard to find and reality wasn’t matching the vision we discussed. It is unfortunate that this decision is coming at this juncture, but we believe that we have reached the point where change is in the best interest of both parties.”
Fisher’s leaving doesn’t change the category of Vince Young–the team reiterated that they plan to trade or release Young despite the training change. For his part, the coach was taking the high road and issued this statement upon news of his dismissal:
“I want to thank Mr. Adams and the organization for a particular 17 years. I can’t thank the enthusiastic enough for the support they showed us through the years; it has been a tremendous experience. We all did our very best and I think I can look back with fond memories and be very arrogant of what we accomplished. I want to wish the organization, the current players and the fans nothing but the best in the future.”
Fisher can afford to be magnanimous, while reports suggest that he’ll be getting an $8 million check for the team since he had a year left on his agreement. Fisher had maintained that he wanted to stop his career in Tennessee, and now he’s got some time to consider his future. While a trip to Las Vegas to enjoy some Super Bowl betting might not be in the offing, he’s likely to land somewhere at the moment he’s interested in getting back to coaching.
Daniel Scott is a freelance sports writer and highly respected authority on price per head. His writing has appeared on a variety of sports sites including sportsbooks and bookie-software sites. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with three Jack Russell Terriers and a kangaroo. He is currently working on an autobiography of former energy secretary Donald Hodell.
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