Titans, Fisher done after 16 seasons
The Tennessee Titans have parted ways with Jeff Fisher, who just completed his 16th full season as the NFL’s longest-tenured coach. The team said in a release Thursday night.“ Fisher will no longer be the head coach of the team.” The Titans announced the move within an hour of a report by SI.com they were negotiating Fisher’s departure.
The move comes only three weeks after owner Bud Adams announced Fisher would stay on for the final year of his current contract, a move that would have left Fisher coaching for his future. The team also said a news conference will be held either later Thursday night or today to discuss the Titans’ first coaching change since the franchise relocated to Tennessee from Houston in 1997.
Neither the team nor Fisher immediately responded to messages from The Associated Press.
Though Fisher had been derided locally as “Coach .500” or “Coacho Ocho,” he seemingly had just survived a battle with quarter back Vince Young. Adams decided to either release Young or trade him on Jan. 5. The owner announced two days later he would be keeping Fisher, but Fisher didn’t help himself when he fired his defensive co-ordinator Chuck Cecil a week ago after giving him a contract for the 2011 season.