NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When the Tennessee Titans and Jeff Fisher parted ways early in 2011, there was a strong feeling that it was time.
Fisher has led a franchise on the move through turbulent times with minimal physical resources, taken the team to a Super Bowl, been a longtime fixture in the community and grown into a respected piece of the league who co-chaired the prestigious competition committee.
But at the end, things got stale and the organization needed a jolt. It failed to get one when it hired a Fisher staffer, Mike Munchak, as head coach to replace him. Munchak lasted just three seasons, and now Ken Whisenhunt is in his second year trying to get the Titans back to a level of respectability.
Fisher has said if he stayed with the Titans he planned to sort of reset things. If he had actually done so, the past four seasons may have been better than they’ve been.
The bigger point for Tennessee and the late Bud Adams, who promoted Munchak, and his family, who hired Whisenhunt, is about getting the franchise pointed in the right direction.
Munchak didn't pan out and Whisenhunt started out with a 2-14 season, the worst for the franchise since 1994.
There is reason for enthusiasm over Marcus Mariota as the team’s new quarterback. But the roster still lacks firepower, and the most dymanic Titans hardly match up to the most dynamic players around the NFL.
The Titans are 24-40 since Fisher left. That’s a .375 winning percentage.
The Rams are 20-27-1 since Fisher arrived. That’s a .416 winning percentage.
Sunday night at Nissan Stadium we’ll see two teams trying to climb to respectability.
The former coach of the home team will be well-received, because Nashville is polite and because people remember that the best times they had rooting for their team were engineered by the guy with the mustache on the visiting sideline.
John Glennon of The Tennessean asked Fisher about the six guys who remain on the Titans from when he was the coach, and asked those players about Fisher.