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Fisher, Titans part ways

Jeff Fisher's long reign as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans is over.

Fisher, Titans part ways

Jeff Fisher´s departure makes Andy Reid the longest-tenured coach in the league. (David Drapkin/AP File Photo)
Jeff Fisher's departure makes Andy Reid the longest-tenured coach in the league. (David Drapkin/AP File Photo)

Jeff Fisher's long reign as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans is over.

Fisher and the Titans are going their separate ways. It's not clear at this point whether this will be a firing, a resignation or a mutual separation.

SI.com's Don Banks broke the story Wednesday evening.

Andy Reid now becomes the longest-tenured coach in the NFL. Fisher became the Titans' head coach late in the 1994 season. Reid started in Philadelphia in 1999.

Because of Twitter, I know exactly what many of you are thinking: How about Fisher joins the Eagles as Reid's defensive coordinator?

After all, he served that role from 1988-1990 with the Eagles, right? And the Birds just hired Fisher's defensive line coach Jim Washburn a couple weeks ago.

Sorry to burst bubbles, but I cannot envision this scenario playing out the way many of you want it to. Fisher will have head-coaching offers in the NFL as soon as jobs open up. Why would he take a job as a defensive coordinator? Can anyone answer that question for me?

From the Eagles' perpsective, they'd be essentially renting a coordinator for a year. Not to mention that many would be calling for Fisher to replace Reid the minute he stepped foot inside the NovaCare Complex. It would make for a messy situation.

I've been wrong before, but I just don't see it as a possibility.

One more note on this. If the Eagles are waiting to hire an assistant from either the Packers or Steelers, this could affect them. What if that assistant is targeted by the Titans to become their head coach? Just something else to keep in mind.

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And you may have noticed we're having an issue with comments not showing up. Hopefully it's fixed soon, and apologies.

Update: At least one member of the media disagrees with me. ESPN's John Clayton says don't be surprised if Fisher emerges as a candidate with the Eagles. He adds that Reid told some defensive coordinator candidates on Thursday that the job was closed.

Update 2: Both Les Bowen of the Daily News and Jeff McLane of the Inquirer are told by league sources that Fisher is not going to be the Eagles' new defensive coordinator. A source tells McLane that Clayton's report about Reid telling candidates that the job was closed is not true.


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