Friday, January 28, 2011
Titans executives: 'We're not in disarray'
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Characterize the Titans as being in disarray all you want, but they will not agree to the premise.
- They have no starting quarterback and said they plan to acquire both a veteran and one via the draft.
- They just parted ways with longtime head coach Jeff Fisher weeks after saying he would remain.
- Their senior executive vice president and general counsel, Steve Underwood, plans to retire at the end of the summer.
- They have 14 assistants who’ve been given one-year deals that a new coach may not want.
“You’ve outlined the challenges we have to work with going forward,” Underwood said to a question that rattled the challenges off. "Change does not translate into chaos. All it means is we have our work cut out for us. There is nothing wrong with it.”
Said GM Mike Reinfeldt: “It’s a tough day. Jeff was an icon here, the face of the franchise for such a long time. But change can be a wonderful thing, it can be an opportunity.”
It's great that they can look at it that way. I don't know how many fans are convinced. I don't think "disarray" is unfair. But it's not like the pillars that line the gateway to the team's complex are going to crumble. Teams constantly dig out of trouble. It's just going to be harder and slower in the current landscape with a player lockout likely.
But both executives are methodical guys who have a lot of experience and have been good at their jobs. Now they are charged with heading a rebuilding effort that starts with finding the right replacement for Fisher.
They didn't say there were any characteristics, like previous head-coaching experience, the new coach will need to have.
Their search is under way. There is no timetable, and Underwood and Reinfeldt intend to take as much time as they need to find the right guy, they said.
More to come, please bear with me.