Friday, January 28, 2011
Jeff Fisher's farewell comes in an hour
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Will the Titans’ news conference set to start in an hour feel like a funeral?
It’s going to be an odd setting, with outgoing coach Jeff Fisher seated beside the team’s top Nashville executive, Steve Underwood, and its GM, Mike Reinfeldt, for one last media session.
I think Fisher fractured his relationship with those two long-time supporters by signing the bulk of his staff to one-year extensions late in the 2010 season, apparently without mentioning it to his colleagues.
Those seem to be a major factor in the team’s statement Thursday explaining the separation weeks after owner Bud Adams decided to let Fisher work the final year of his deal.
“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.”
Contracts for assistants will be one topic they’ll certainly all be asked about, and I expect they’ll dance around it.
Adams may be part of things via speakerphone, which could create a disastrous scenario with all sort of interruptions and audio issues.
I’ll be there to ask everything I can think of, and I’ll share as much as I can as soon as I can.
You can listen to the news conference here starting at noon, 11 a.m. CT.