Jeff Fisher Out of the Tennessee Titans: The Bill Cowher Effect

The Tennessee Titans have released Jeff Fisher as their head coach after the drama between Vince Young and himself earlier in the season and also, according to Fisher himself, he needed a break from the NFL.  I don’t blame him, as the sport itself has lost its professionalism and increased its profits.  But the crux of the departure lies in him not being able to employ his family, more specifically Jeff Fisher’s son, Brandon, which did not settle well with Titans owner Bud Adams. Fisher wanted to employ Brandon as the quality control coach, and he would help while offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was receiving treatment for his cancer.

Now the Tennessee Titans organization have started looking for a replacement for Jeff Fisher.  Although Jeff Fisher’s team has been in decline over the past three years, Fisher had a presence in the locker room, and most of the locker room respected his authority and gameplans. During the 1999-2000 Wild Card playoffs between the Tennesee Titans and the Buffalo Bills, it was during Jeff Fisher’s tenure that the Music City Miracle occurred on January 8, 2000.  It was one of the most memorable comebacks by the Titans as the special teams coordinator Alan Lowry called the “Home Run Throwback” during the close of the last quarter of the game.  Upon kickoff by the Bills kicker Steve Christie, then Titans tight end Frank Wycheck threw a lateral to Kevin Dyson for a 75-yard touchdown, ending the game with the Bills defeat of a score of 22-16 and crushing then Bills coach Wade Phillips in the process.

But the Music City Miracle is now extinguished as Jeff Fisher, one of the longer active coaches in the NFL, has departed.  The Philadelphia Eagles fans hoped on a string and a prayer that Fisher would return to the Eagles as their defensive coordinator, but it was nothing more than a pipedream to begin with.

By the looks of the situation right now, Jeff Fisher looks to retire and ride into the sunset.  It doesn’t appear that television appeals to him.  Like Bill Cowher of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who himself is still in demand around the NFL, who resigned after 15 seasons with the Steelers, it was Jeff Fisher’s turn to resign after his 16th with the Tennesee Titans.  Agreeing with Titans linebacker Stephen Tulloch, Fisher will remain in demand in the NFL for quite some time.  Although the Titans may have luck in finding a similar replacement coach who can demonstrate that he can be successful, like the Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin, their past history hasn’t shown that it will repeat itself so easily.  The Music City Miracle has left the building, and he will be sorely missed by the Titans fans among others.

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One comment on “Jeff Fisher Out of the Tennessee Titans: The Bill Cowher Effect

  1. ….Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 27 2011 6 57 PM EST….The Titans didnt wait long to confirm Don Banks report that coach Jeff Fisher .The Tennessee Titans and Jeff Fisher have and Fisher will no longer be the head coach of the team the team announced Thursday evening..Just minutes before Titans owner Bud Adams seemed surprised the news was public..Where did you hear that? I want to see what is going on..The news has taken the league by surprise Even Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger told Wyatt that he hasnt heard anything..Appearing on NFL Network Banks wasnt sure why Fisher and Adams were parting ways now. Banks mentioned losing defensive line coach Jim Washburn was a blow to Fisher.

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