Jeff Fisher's dismissal: a relationship gone bad
Jeff Fisher's coaching tenure in Tennessee came to an abrupt end. The end came after team owner Bud Adams stressed to the media that Fisher would be back for another season.
It's been speculated that Adams's relationship with quarterback Vince Young was so strong that Fisher's benching of Young and growing dismay with Young had strained the relationship between the owner and head coach. If that wasn't enough, reports are now surfacing that the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back was when Fisher was not permitted to add his son to the coaching staff.
I find it very interesting that the longest-tenured coach in the NFL was not allowed to have his son join the team. Was this the true reason for his departure, or was this just the cover up of the real issues?
Here's my take on it. Have you ever been in a relationship with someone and you lost interest in that person? Well naturally, when you lose interest but continue to stay in the relationship every little thing starts to bother you on a totally different level. We all know, as the saying goes, "once the milk has gone bad, it's gone bad." There's no coming back from spoiled milk.
I believe the relationship between Adams and Fisher had indeed spoiled, and that Adams was just looking for reasons to convince himself to fire him.
Sometimes for one reason or another, relationships go bad. I believe this certainly is one of those times. The breakup is even harder when you have been together for so long. When you are with someone for 16 years, that's a very long time.
I ultimately believe that Adams has respect for Fisher and Fisher for Adams. It could not have been the easiest decision to part ways. In the end Adams and Fisher seemed to have held on too long. Now they have parted ways, releasing another big name coach back into the coaching pool to wait for another suitor to come along and hopefully find him attractive enough to start a new relationship.
Isn't the life of coaching grand?
| January 28, 2011; 11:09 AM ET
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