Tennessee Titans Will Keep Coach Jeff Fisher for Next Season, Owner Says

Jeff Fisher, who already has the longest tenure of any current National Football League coach, will remain with the Tennessee Titans for an 18th year.

Titans owner Bud Adams, who earlier this week said he was still deliberating whether to bring Fisher back after a 6-10 season, said in a statement released yesterday by the team that “Jeff Fisher will be our head coach next season.”

Fisher, 52, who has taken the Titans to one Super Bowl, said he will continue to work toward winning an NFL title in Tennessee.

“Mr. Adams and I had a good talk about where we are as a football team,” Fisher said in a statement released by the team. “Clearly, I am pleased with the news.”

Fisher has a 142-120 record with the franchise. He spent three years as coach of the Houston Oilers beginning in 1994, then moved with the team to Tennessee in 1997. Fisher began his NFL coaching career as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986.

Fisher guided the Titans to the Super Bowl after the 1999 season, and Tennessee lost 23-16 to the St. Louis Rams. The Titans haven’t won a playoff game since 2003 and last made the postseason in 2008.

The coach was involved in a public confrontation with quarterback Vince Young this season, resulting in Young losing his starting spot. Adams announced earlier this week that Young would not be returning in 2011 to the Titans.

“Jeff has meant a great deal to this franchise and we have reached some incredible heights under his leadership,” Adams said. “Obviously, I have very high expectations for our football team and want to deliver a championship to our fans. Jeff understands this and shares my expectations.”

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