The whole controversy between Jeff Fisher/Vince Young finally came to a head with the announcement that the Titans would be looking to move Young. Normally when you’ve had a long tenured coach like Fisher who has been successful as he has you go with the coach. But Fisher hasn’t exactly been that successful lately. He hasn’t won a playoff game since 2003. Since 2004 he has 3 losing seasons and 2 8-8 seasons, so in the last 7 seasons he only has2 winning seasons.
Vince Young wasn’t the greatest QB, and definitely had some issues, but he was head and shoulders above the ancient Kerry Collins and Rusty Smith. Not only that, but Vince Young has yet to have a losing season as a starting QB. Considering that players have come out in defense of Young, the issues might be due to Fisher.
What else isn’t being considered is who is going to QB the Titans next season. Kerry Collins has been a failure as QB for the most part. He’s just getting too old. Rusty Smith is no one’s answer at QB. Last season teams that signed a new QB ended up having the signings blow up in their faces. The cream of last years free agent crop was Derek Anderson and Jake Delhomme. As bad as the cream was though, no signed FA QBs last season (who switched teams) made an impact for their new team.
There’s easily ten teams in the league that would love a new solid QB. Giving up on Vince Young without a real replacement is a bad move. Meanwhile the number of qualified Head Coaches out there has seemingly never been higher. Bill Cowher would be the perfect fit for the Titans. There is no way that it’s easier to replace Vince Young then Jeff Fisher. It’s not always going to be that easy to pick up a quality coach. Picking up a QB always seems to be a problem no matter the year. I doubt there will be a time when a lot of Quality QBs will be on the market.
I can see Jeff Fisher being in trouble though. He has a somewhat talented team, but he obviously is in need of a QB. I don’t know how many more losing seasons he can have without feeling the heat. Obviously this was a bit of an internal struggle between Fisher and owner Bud Adams, but at what point can Fisher continue to survive without producing wins? When you get to the point of a coach being somewhere for over a decade, there’s something good about the stability of the franchise. But you still have to win, and need playoff wins. Let’s not forget what got Marty Schottenheimer chased out of two different towns despite huge winning records.