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Fisher out as Titans coach

NASHVILLE — The Titans have parted ways with Jeff Fisher, who just completed his 16th full season as the league's longest-tenured coach.

"Fisher will no longer be the head coach of the team," read the statement the team released Thursday. A news conference is scheduled for today.

Neither Fisher nor his agent returned messages.

Fisher, 52, seemingly had won a battle with quarterback Vince Young. Owner Bud Adams said on Jan. 5 that Young, with whom Fisher had feuded, would be released or traded. Two days later, Adams said Fisher would remain.

Fisher was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim coach with six games left in the 1994 season after Jack Pardee was fired. His tenure included the team's relocation from Houston in which the Oilers played in four stadiums between 1996 and 1999 before moving into their current home.

Fisher has coached 273 games, more for one franchise than all but six Hall of Famers: George Halas, Tom Landry, Don Shula, Chuck Noll, Curly Lambeau and Bud Grant.

At 147-126, he is third among active coaches in wins, behind Bill Belichick (176) and Mike Shanahan (160), and 20th all time. He led the Titans to the Super Bowl in the 1999 season, losing to the Rams 23-16.

Since 1999, the Titans are 110-82 and have made the playoffs four times. But they have missed the playoffs the past two seasons and haven't won a playoff game since beating the Ravens in a 2004 wild-card matchup. The Titans lost a wild-card game in San Diego in 2007 and lost a division game to the Ravens in 2008 despite being the AFC's top seed.

Bears: Defensive end Julius Peppers was fined $10,000 by the league for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the NFC title game, the Associated Press reported. Peppers was called for roughing the passer on the play.

Ravens: Jim Zorn was fired as quarterbacks coach after one season. Coach John Harbaugh said offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will work closer with quarterback Joe Flacco, saying, "We believe this will help improve our offense." Also Teryl Austin, the Gators' defensive coordinator last season, was hired as secondary coach.

Seahawks: Starting linebacker Lofa Tatupu had arthroscopic surgery on both knees. He is not expected to miss offseason workouts.

Labor: The league estimated its cumulative gross-revenue losses could reach $1.7 billion by 2015 if there is no agreement with the union before the next regular season is scheduled to start. It cited loss of sponsorships, ticket sales and retail sales. It added players could lose about $440 million via free agents not signing contracts and bonuses not paid. The labor deal expires March 3, and the owners are expected to lock out the players. "If the NFL wants to make the ultimate move for the fans," union spokesman George Atallah wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press, "they should make like Joe Namath and simply guarantee that there won't be a lockout."

Pro Bowl: The Broncos' Champ Bailey was added to the roster for Sunday's game. That gives him 10 berths, a record for cornerbacks. Bailey replaces Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who is out for an undisclosed medical reason. Also, Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson was added to the team. Whom he is replacing was not disclosed.

Fisher out as Titans coach 01/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:59pm]
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