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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I suppose it was inevitable
Following the Titan's loss to Miami on Sunday, a web site calling for the firing of head coach Jeff Fisher has sprung up. In two days, it's generated 2600 hits and they've sold 22 t-shirts that say "Hey Bud, Fire Coach Fisher!"

I'm sure this morning's article in The Tennessean will only drive more traffic to the site. And that's not even including the traffic from when this comes up as a topic of conversation on the various sports talk shows around the city and state.

Firecoachfisher.com is the creation of Titans fans Bryan Griffey and Jonathan Tucker, who launched the site after Sunday's 13-10 loss to Miami.

"It was kind of done to be humorous, but obviously we would like to see the
team do better,'' said Tucker, 35. "We go to games, we pay for tickets, we are
taxpaying citizens and I guess we feel changes need to be made. Since Jeff
Fisher is the head guy …

"Some people are upset and say we're fair-weathered fans. But we've gotten
some positive feedback, too. Everyone just wants to see the team do
better.''

The site, which had more than 1,000 hits by Tuesday evening, also offers
T-shirts displaying the message "Hey Bud, Fire Coach Fisher" in reference to
Titans owner Bud Adams.

"The Saints had the 'Aints with fans wearing the brown bags,'' said
Griffey, 29. "We thought we'd start something like that up with the T-shirts.
I'm not planning on boycotting the games. I plan on going wearing the T-shirt,
and hopefully other people will wear them, too.''

So, the question I have to ask myself is--should Jeff be fired? Well, for one thing I'm not the owner of the team, so I really have no say. Plus I think it must be difficult to do a job where every Tom. Dick and Harry who has Madden 2007 can play armchair QB on the radio and Net. I mean, every little thing the team does is endlessly picked apart and debated and with good reason--we're not winning so it's all we really have.

And it's looking kind of bleak that we're going to win any time soon. Unless they move up the Texans game, it could be a long dry spell which will only continue to add fuel to this fire.

That said, I think some changes need to be made. It's clear that whatever the plan is, it's not working. If the answer to your questions about QB is Kerry Collins, you're not asking the right questions. The whole Billy Volek thing was a PR nightmare and heaven knows we're one step away from Pacman doing something stupid off the field and not being called on it (again). The Titans are a team totally out of control and it may be too late for Fisher or anyone there to step in and reassert the discipline this team needs.

I'm not sure firing Fisher is the right answer or not. But I do think wholesale changes need to come sooner rather than later.

And you can tell Fisher feels the heat. Since he got here, he's been one of the most accessible, friendly and media-savy coaches out there. Until this year when you can see and hear the stress wearing on him as the situation devolves and there's no end in sight....

posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/27/2006 02:01:00 PM | |
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