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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 01/28/2011

Jeff Fisher's dismissal: a relationship gone bad

By LaVar Arrington

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?

By LaVar Arrington  | January 28, 2011; 11:09 AM ET
 
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Comments

Adams may strongly believe in Young, but the team's owner doesn't know enough to realize that Vince Young isn't Michael Vick. Vick can be very good at what he does, but he can also be a bit inconsistent. Young is much more erratic than Vick--for every good play Vince runs there's one where he should have chosen a better option. No head-coach will make the Titans a powerhouse team without a top-caliber quarterback: t'aint Vince Young--he could be an excellent halfback with a passing-option, but as the Titans' quarterback-of-owner's-choice we'll see a few more head-coaches in Tennessee.

Posted by: marc85 | January 28, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

t'aint Vince Young--he could be an excellent halfback with a passing-option, but as the Titans' quarterback-of-owner's-choice we'll see a few more head-coaches in Tennessee.

Posted by: marc85 | January 28, 2011 2:01 PM

Vince young is a QB. Not a half back that can throw the ball. You had my interest as a reader of your post until you went there. Vince will improve and win in this league. I remember people saying that Eli Manning would never be an accomplished QB because of his perceived lack of leadership and inconsistent play.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 28, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Any time you see a report in the newspaper or on the web that an owner has actually come out and stated that a coach's job is secure, or that the coach will not be fired, that coach ends up being fired either within a month or by the end of the season.

Every time.

Posted by: dunlaing1 | January 28, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"Have you ever been in a relationship with someone and you lost interest in that person?"

Yes, his name is Lavar Arrington when he was a Redksin. He was un-coachable and got called out on it. He went to NY then promptly got cut. Then he started writing for the WP and makes stuff up from time to time to a reaction from bloggers.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 28, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I say fire shanahan and hire fisher.

Posted by: bert3 | January 28, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Vince young is a QB. Not a half back that can throw the ball. You had my interest as a reader of your post until you went there. Vince will improve and win in this league. I remember people saying that Eli Manning would never be an accomplished QB because of his perceived lack of leadership and inconsistent play.
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WORRRRRRRRRRRRD...

Posted by: ntlekt | January 28, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

dear raymcazz,

Shut up. If you don't know what you're talking about, stop talking.

How can you hate on LaVar and call yourself a Redskin fan? You must be a straight Snyder fan, isn't that it?

Your post is so full of errors and blind stupidity and jealousy, "DELETE" is not strong enough to rid the cyberspace of its stench. I wish I had a "FLUSH" button.

You're a dang fool and a liar. Have a nice day.

Posted by: Thinker_ | January 30, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I say fire shanahan and hire fisher.

Posted by: bert3 | January 28, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Consistency = Superbowls

See Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted by: AllDCSports | February 1, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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