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Jeff Fisher And The Titans Are Parting Ways

The first time I met Jeff Fisher he was a freshman wide receiver at USC and he played on the scout team that we would tee off on during practice.  He later was moved to defensive back and was a punt returner for the Trojans.

The next time I saw Fisher was when Buddy Ryan became my coach and Fisher became the secondary coach during the time I was playing for the Eagles.  Jeff was a defensive back and return man for the Bears then and he got hurt and put on IR, so he stayed there as an assistant to Buddy, so Buddy brought him to Philadelphia with him when he was hired to coach the Eagles.

Jeff eventually became the defensive coordinator for the Eagles, as he became more comfortable with Ryan’s system. When Norman Braman fired Buddy, he decided to make Rick Kotite the head coach, so Jeff left and got him a coordinator’s job some where else.

Fisher was a smart football player because he had to be.  He wasn’t very fast or big, but he would battle.  I remember the type of beating he took as a freshmen on those scout teams at USC.  We had “killers” on defense like Ronnie Lott, Clay Matthews, Dennis Smith, David Lewis, Rod Martin, Chip Banks, Riki Ellison, Dennis Thurman along with many others, but Fisher took a beating from all of us without crying.  He earned our respect.

Fisher, who has been the head coach of the Tennessee Titans since 1994 will be leaving the Titans in the near future.  We had thought quarterback Vince Young was going to be traded and Fisher was going to be kept in place for a few more years, but now it looks like Young may stay and Fisher will go.

Dan Banks of Sports Illustrated just made the report on NFL Network.  Banks says Fisher was disappointed in losing defensive line coach Jim Washburn to the Eagles.  He was also bothered by having to fire his good friend Chuck Cecil as the team’s defensive coordinator.

This is amazing that it would happen now because whomever they decide to hire will have to put together a staff.  It’s kind of late to put together a staff and that’s why Andy Reid is facing critcism.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid is now the longest-tenured head coach in the National Football League.  What do Reid and Fisher have in common?  They weren’t able to win the one Super Bowl which they took their teams to.

Fisher isn’t going to come here and be the team’s defensive coordinator.  He would be taking a drastic decline in pay and he’s going to be paid by Bud Adams for the next few years any way.

Adams is going to have to give Fisher millions to leave, he’s got one year left on his contract.

It also means Eagles new defensive line coach Jim Washburn sensed that something was right in the water and decided to get out of Dodge.  His Mamma didn’t raise NO FOOL”!!!

GCOBB

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BirdoBeamen
BirdoBeamen
January 27, 2011 6:54 pm

Could Fisher be coming to PHilly!??!?!?!

BirdsFan09
BirdsFan09
January 27, 2011 7:05 pm

I will go drive to Tenn and bring him back to Philadelphia right now!

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2011 7:06 pm

Jeff Fisher will be the next DC for the Eagles and Co-Assistant HC along with MM to HC AR
Cuck Cecil will be his assistant and Tim Hauck will be the Secondary Coach along with the already hire J Washburn as DL Coach.. They will all be in Philadlephia Sunday/Monday to make the annoucement

Stickstickly
Stickstickly
January 27, 2011 7:13 pm

I’d love to see him come to Philly as a DC but that would probably only happen if he was going to be the next HC if Reid got canned in the future. Not really sure if I’d want him to be the next HC.

Randall4prez
Randall4prez
January 27, 2011 7:27 pm

GCobb, I’m assuming you meant DC there. Would the money he is owed by Bud Adams be void if he took the Eagles DC position? Or would he make double salary?

supabad
supabad
January 27, 2011 7:28 pm

I know Andy must be nervous

Stickstickly
Stickstickly
January 27, 2011 7:37 pm

Someone on another site just said this:
“Clayton just reported don’t be surprised if he resurfaces in Philly as the Defensive Coordinator, and that Andy Ried is telling league insiders his DC position is no longer up for hire.”

Don’t know if its true or not.

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2011 7:45 pm

Coach Fisher and AR are good friends have known each other for years..
My sources down in Antigua stated they saw Fisher,Coach ARr and their wives drinking Pina Colada’s at the Ziggie Marley Concert down on the beach last weekend
Coach Fisher is taking the DC spot with a succession plan in place that Coach AR in 2013 will move upstairs to the Front Office with Banner/Roseman (Banner will retire in 2014) and that Fisher would become the HC afterwards
My stars have aligned and the Eagles are finally putting a staff together to make a Super Bowl run
This is my story and I am sticking to it…
Plus Coach Fisher would love to stick to to Owner B Adams and get back to a Super Bowl, where the Titans know have a mess on their hands, no Coaching Staff left, a Franchise QB in V Young that most players on the team don’t want or support..who wants to take this job…

DixieFan
DixieFan
January 27, 2011 7:47 pm

Paulman: If Fisher IS NOT the next DC, would you go away….now maybe Cecil could be here in 2 weeks.

cluelesseaglesfan
cluelesseaglesfan
January 27, 2011 7:53 pm

I know Andy must be nervous. The least nervous guy in philly is andy reid. He’s not going anywhere. The only power he lost is the power he did’nt want. Paulman you throw so much crap out there, that some of it is bound to stick. You know what they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day. I love the scouting reports on these coaches from other teams. He’s a hardworker and a real competitor, and a really good motivator, yea ok. It’s the NFL how long do you think you last if your not. If Andy is nervous it’s because the roads are icy and he’s worried the pizza delivery man is gonna be late.

bsmvideos
January 27, 2011 7:54 pm

That’s just what the Eagles need. Another guy who can’t win the big one. Guys like Andy Reid and Jeff Fisher have no sense of urgency. They have been collecting big checks for so long it does not matter whether they win the Superbowl.

The Cowboys win Superbowls. The Yankees win championships. Their owners demand it. They will fire you with all the fixins if you don’t produce.

No retreads. Bring somebody who is hungry. Wants to make a name for himself.

Andy Mocks Philadelphia. How could you not use McCoy in the playoffs.

Wait a minute, Fisher runs the football. If he can get Andy to run. And also get Andy to run the football then bring it.

RegalEagle
RegalEagle
January 27, 2011 7:54 pm

What ever the eagles plans were…. They should change. Pay Fisher as a Head Coach and bring him in unless he just plain refuses. This team must make him an offer he will be unable to refuse. This guy would give us a championship defense within 2 years. We have young talent that will benefit greatly from a guy like fisher.

BirdsFan09
BirdsFan09
January 27, 2011 7:58 pm

Paulman I am hoping you are correct. New to the site so we’ll see if I have wrongly misplaced my trust. HA just kidding.

BirdoBeamen
BirdoBeamen
January 27, 2011 8:11 pm

Fisher might not LIKE any of the HC jobs out there. If he can come to Philly as D Coord, revamp the defense and possibly win the Superbowl, he’ll be the HOTTEST item on the coaching market after next year!

jakedog
jakedog
January 27, 2011 8:14 pm

Guys, listen to mr. Cobb, no way in hell he takes pay cut to become a coordinator with any team

BirdoBeamen
BirdoBeamen
January 27, 2011 8:20 pm

He’s getting paid 8 million dollars to NOT coach the Titans. I don’t think he’s worried about money.

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2011 8:27 pm

Sorry BF09
Apparently it was my source in Antigua who was drinking heavily on the Beach while listening
to ZIggy Marley and Not Jeff Fisher.. I apologize if I over-exaggerated and hope I don’t lose your Trust
Birds Fan 09.. More good stuff to come…

But Chuck Cecil as the DC with Tim Hauck as the Secondary Coach with J Washburn as the DL Coach is a pretty good Staff… Maybe G-Man can become the LB Coach for the Eagles,
until he grooms his repalcement.. I can watch over and manage G’s Web-Site until he returns…
What do you think G…

Micah Warren
Editor
January 27, 2011 8:34 pm

Yeah, G. I saw some people on Facebook talking about Fisher is a winner. 142-140 and 5-6 in the playoffs. I like Fisher enough, but a winner? Andy is 188-73 and 10-9 in the playoffs. 19 playoff games played in 12 years vs. Fisher’s 11 in 16 years.

The grass really is greener I guess.

Micah Warren
Editor
January 27, 2011 8:36 pm

Think they still keep VY? Bud Adams kinda made it clear that he wouldn’t be back. Bud might just blow up the whole thing.

supabad
supabad
January 27, 2011 8:44 pm

I know the thought of firing Andy crossed Lurie’s mind after he seen Bud Adams finally pull the plug on his 12 year coach. This will definitely be Andy Reids last season as our head coach if he cant win the big one, guarantee it. Its either SB or Bust for Andy this season guys BANK ON IT!

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2011 8:48 pm

Candidates for HC of the Titans

#1) Eric Mangini— If he could take over the Cleveland Browns job, he can handle anything and may jus be a real good fit for his style of Coachign versus the talent on the Titans Roster, Like to run the ball, agressive Defense,etc,etc.. I could see this very easily
#2) Brad Childress– Maybe his work with QB’s can finally bring out the best in VY.. IF Owner Bud Adms is hell bent on keeping VY, then he better have a Coach who can Coach him..
#3) Jim Fassell — Another Offensice minded coach with successes with QB/Passing game
#4) Mike Tice — Former Viking Coach who is an assistant with the Bears would love another opportunity to be HC again in the NFL
#5) Jim Mora, Jr — he’s looking for another HC job opportunity…

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2011 8:50 pm

Coach AR is under Contract thru the 2013 Season (for 3 more Seasons)
He will have 2 Seasons to get to the Super Bowl or he is finished..
Lurie will eat 1 year of his contract, but he”s not going to eat 2-3 years of it…

WALKEN
WALKEN
January 27, 2011 8:50 pm

OK, idiots & GCOBB. Belicheck, Walsh, and J. Johnson all had losing records when they won their SB titles. Actually, I think Johnson was .500 when he won his first. I’m not saying Fisher will come to Philly, but we would be extremely lucky to have him. Get a clue.

JonathanS
JonathanS
January 27, 2011 8:53 pm

From ESPN Clayton a few minutes ago:

“Do not be surprised if Jeff Fisher ends up as the defensive coordinator in Philadelphia. Within the last 2 hours, Andy Reid has told 2 of the applicants for the position that the position has been filled. So do not be surprised if Fisher winds up very quickly in Philadelphia working with Andy Reid.”

WALKEN
WALKEN
January 27, 2011 8:54 pm

Exactly. By the way, Andrew is not going anywhere in the next 2-3 years.

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2011 8:58 pm

I thnk they sealed the deal over a trip to Antigua last week..
There will be a major Annoucement in Philadelphia Friday Afternoon/Sat or Monday morning…
This is fantastic news iif it occurs.. If it does, I will have 48 Hour Paualman Free Zone and not post anythign for 48 hours…
This may be why Coach AR did not go to Mobile this week either..
Coach AR has always stated that participating down at the Senior Bowl is something he always looks forward to and one of his best weeks of the year to spend with the upcoming Senior players before they are drafted..

jakedog
jakedog
January 27, 2011 8:59 pm

Paulman, are you John Clayton?

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2011 9:04 pm

No I am much better looking than him and still have a full head of hair..
I do wear glasses though when Driving, Watching TV and mowing the lawn or other yard chores..

WALKEN
WALKEN
January 27, 2011 9:13 pm

OK, idiots & GCOBB. Belicheck, Walsh, and J. Johnson all had losing records when they won their SB titles. Actually, I think Johnson was .500 when he won his first. I’m not saying Fisher will come to Philly, but we would be extremely lucky to have him. Get a clue.

WALKEN
WALKEN
January 27, 2011 9:14 pm

All were .500 or less when they won their first SB…just clarifying.

vinnietheevictor
vinnietheevictor
January 27, 2011 9:32 pm

Does anybody remember that Jeff Fisher was already the defensive co-ordinator of the Eagles? Fisher was a Buddy Ryan guy, so you would have to expect the D would be agressive.

Personally, I think it would be fantastic that he would re-join the Birds as the DC….but the dude just got a $1.5 million bonus (on top of the 7 mil he;s already being paid) to step down. I don;t know…8.5 to sit around, take a year off and come back next year as a HC somewhere.

I hope he comes to Philly, but I think its a reach.

drummerwinslow
drummerwinslow
January 27, 2011 9:34 pm

Walken

Allow me to clarify. None had been a head coach for 16 years.

SportsBum
SportsBum
January 27, 2011 9:51 pm

LOL, I love how G just busted up Paulmans story about Fisher and Andy’s wives…… That was funny. I realize that Paulman says a lot of stupid sh-t, and he isn’t really being serious, but I still found that hilarious.

RealTalk777
RealTalk777
January 27, 2011 9:53 pm

If Fisher comes to Philly that says a lot about the mans character if you ask me…After being a HC as long as he has, and taking a DC position? all pride aside, I guess…But I honestly think thats unrealistic, but who knows? But some of you cats are way, way, way to excited about adding Fisher…

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2011 9:57 pm

Just to jack up the conversation to another level…
Paulman has received some inside information from a source close to GM Roseman

Eagles will offer free-agent deals to DE J Babin and LB S Tulloch
Then the Eagles will also trade QB K Kolb to the Tiatans for their 2nd Rd Draft pick and
CB C Finnegan

Next Years Defense will look like this Coached by Fisher,Washburn,Cecil and Hauck

DL – Cole, Dixon,Bunkley,Babin (Parker,Tapp,PAtterson,Laws,Graham and a high draft choice)

LB – Sam- Tuloch/Fokou, Will – Bradley/Clayton Mike – Chaney/Bradley and a Draft pick as sub

Secondary – Starting CB’s Samuel , Finnegan (Patterson/Lindley and a Draft pick as subs)
Starting S E Weddle, Allen (Coleman/Anderson and Draft pick as subs)

This is your Roster for the 2011 Eagles Defense (barring Injuries)

Butch007
Butch007
January 27, 2011 9:58 pm

I could possibly see Dan Snyder firing Shanahan to bring Fisher in and negotiate something with the Titans as far as compensation. According to the sports gossip rags Snyder has gone sour on Shanahan, but is hesitant to fire him because all of the contract money that would be lost. Fisher being available could force Snyder’s hand. I just don’t see Jeff Fisher happily jumping into a broadcast booth.

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2011 10:01 pm

To SportBum..
I didn’t want to get Coach AR in trouble with his wife
But my Antigua source did say that Fisher and Reid were with blondes on the beach…
I usually draw the line draggin in spouses, but this story is too big to worry about hard feelings…

BirdoBeamen
BirdoBeamen
January 27, 2011 10:03 pm

Paulman, seriously, your “predictions” are annoying and ridiculous. I’m starting to believe you have serious problems. Give it up bro.

As for predictions, REAL opinionated predictions — I predict Fisher in Philly baby!

wmonell
wmonell
January 27, 2011 11:10 pm

paulman – great minds think alike. lets handle the f.o. this offseason
lets not just jack up the convo, lets jack up the team im down with that plan
except the finnegan only goes through if oakland doesnt resign asomugha

all other pessimists aka realists – let us dream until reality burts our bubble
ur all awesome, i had a terrible day but this site and the humor has picked me uo some
thanks fellas

wmonell
wmonell
January 27, 2011 11:10 pm

up*

vricchini
vricchini
January 27, 2011 11:38 pm

has anyone ever noticed is that birdobeamen is quick to call someone a moron or call someone annoying but never offers his opinion on how this team can get better? I hate guys that come on this site just to take shots at ppl cause they too scared to do in in real life. this is his way to let out the fustration of his younger years

SportsBum
SportsBum
January 27, 2011 11:55 pm

LOL, okay Paulman…….. With some of your predictions/sources though…… Sometimes I wish you were just telling the truth. Sometimes.

SportsBum
SportsBum
January 28, 2011 1:59 am

Okay….. I heard from a “source” that the Eagles do indeed already have someone pegged as their new D-Coordinator, and they already have an informal agreement with him…… That man is Packers DB coach Darren Perry. Not what everyone expects or even was hoping for, but I assume this is part of the plan to get Nnamdi Asomugha here. Along with the fact that Perry is just a real good coach too. Bringing in Washburn who has ties to Haynesworth, and possibly bringing in Perry who has ties to Aso…… Things will be looking good for the Eagles D for next year.

SONGSRME2
SONGSRME2
January 28, 2011 2:38 am

Jeff Fisher did get his big chance here in Philly under Buddy and I wouldn’t be surprised if he take some time off after almost 3 decades of coaching, so maybe we can get him here just as some sort of consultant which will help us philosophically and that way his pay under Titans is not threatened. Is that possible “G”? He can just advise without the everyday commitment can’t he?

SONGSRME2
SONGSRME2
January 28, 2011 5:11 am

Just in Fellas…..Jeff Fisher was bought out bt Bud Adams for a little over 7 million. Jeff is free to do whatever he want to do…..mutual consent.