Sports Illustrated columnist Don Banks is reporting that the Tennessee Titans have reached a decision to release franchise-staple and head coach Jeff Fisher.
The move, which comes several weeks after the Titans announced QB Vince Young would either be released or traded due to a strained relationship with Fisher, comes as a surprise to many. Jeff Fisher had one year left on his contract with the team, a contract of which (barring dramatic improvement) would in all likelihood have not been extended. Tennessee finished with a disappointing 6-10 record in 2010, a record many attribute to the lack of chemistry and order within the thresholds of the team.
During his tenure in Tennessee, Fisher led the Titans towards two AFC Championship Game appearances, alongside a heart-breaking loss in XXXIV to the St. Louis Rams. He finished with a career record of 142-120, with a winning-percentage of .542.
Jeff was perhaps known as being the longest-tenured head coach in football, having been promoted in November of 1994 to lead the then-Houston Oilers after spending time as their defensive coordinator.
We have no confirmation on the deal at this time, though many have stated the buyout was “mutual.”