Jan 28, 2011
It is a light day in terms of news, especially coming from the Super Bowl teams, but we still have a few stories of note to look at from around the league.
Fisher, Titans Part Ways… In somewhat of a surprising development, Jeff Fisher will not return as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans in 2011. Fisher’s future with the team appeared to be safe when just last month owner Bud Adams decided to kept Fisher over much-maligned QB Vince Young, although at the time he did say evaluations of the staff would continue.
According to multiple reports, the team and Fisher butted heads on more than a few issues recently, which apparently led to the team and Fisher deciding to part ways. Both the team and Fisher put out statements expressing disappointment with the decision, but were both appreciative of the other’s efforts. Fisher started with the then Houston Oilers in 1994 as the team’s defensive coordinator, but ended up taking over the head coaching job on an interim basis with six games left in the regular season when Jack Pardee was fired. The interim tag was removed and Fisher became the full-time HC in 1995. Just two years after moving to Tennessee, the Titans clinched the playoffs for the first time under Fisher and would go all the way to the Super Bowl, losing to the Rams 23-16. Fisher took the Titans to the playoffs five more times, with the last appearance coming in 2008, losing to the Ravens in the Divisional Round. Fisher ends his tenure in Tennessee with a 142-120 regular season record, a 5-6 record in the playoffs, three division titles, two Championship Game appearances, and the aforementioned loss in Super Bowl XXXIV. Tennessee is expected to begin their search for a new head coach immediately with OL coach Mike Munchak already being mentioned as a possible replacement.
Pouncey’s Ankle is Broken… The Steelers are that much closer to being without their starting center for the Super Bowl, as it was revealed that Maurkice Pouncey’s ankle was broken, in addition to having a high sprain. While the team hasn’t ruled him out for the game, it’s all but certain that he won’t play. The rookie had been in a walking boot, but that has since been changed to a hard cast. Doug Legursky, who replaced Pouncey when the initial injury happened against the Jets in the AFC Championship, would replace Pouncey in the starting lineup. Legursky and QB Ben Roethlisberger did have some issues with snaps last week that ended up turning into fumbles, but there seemed to be more optimism around the team with Legursky getting more time to work with the first-team in practice.
o Eagle WR DeSean Jackson will not play in the Pro Bowl after not practicing on Thursday because of a sprained knee he suffered in the Wild Card Round. Cowboy WR Miles Austin will replace Jackson on the NFC roster.
o The Seahawks announced LB Lofa Tatupu had surgery on both of his knees, which had caused him to regularly miss practice time during the season.
o The Ravens fired QB Coach Jim Zorn after just one season with the team.
o Baltimore also made their five-year, $15 million extension with PK Billy Cundiff official.