Despite a 6-10 record in 2010, Jeff Fisher will return in 2011 as the Titans' head coach, the team reported on Friday.
The league's longest-tenured coach, who has been leading the Oilers/Titans since 1994, was at risk of losing his job this week, as team owner Bud Adams contemplated making a switch. Fisher and Adams had a major disagreement regarding the future of QB Vince Young, with the coach saying he wouldn't return if Young was retained on the Tennessee roster. Young was asked to stay away from the team by the head coach in mid-November after the QB was injured and left the stadium before addressing the coach. Adams announced on Wednesday that the team will move forward without Young.
Adams released a statement on Friday to announce the team's decision to stick with Fisher.
"I appreciate all of our fans' patience over the last week while I deliberated on the immediate future of the football team. I have informed our senior management that Jeff Fisher will be our head coach next season," Adams said.
"Jeff has meant a great deal to this franchise and we have reached some incredible heights under his leadership. Obviously, I have very high expectations for our football team and want to deliver a championship to our fans. Jeff understands this and shares my expectations. The results of his leadership have been some very good football teams and I believe he will get us back to an elite level."
Fisher released a statement as well, saying: "Mr. Adams and I had a good talk about where we are as a football team. Clearly I am pleased with the news today. Presenting Mr. Adams with his first Lombardi Trophy is still the objective and I will continue to work for that goal."
In 17 years as the team's head coach, Fisher has a record of 262-142, making the playoffs six times.
The way we see it
Fisher is a well-respected coach in the league and likely wouldn't have been out of work long if he'd been let go by the Titans. His relationship with Adams is a tricky one, as the owner had a deep affection for Young. But Fisher took a stand by saying he wanted no part of coaching the troubled QB, and the owner listened, electing to keep Fisher for another year.