Titans, Fisher parting ways after 16 full seasons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have parted ways with head coach Jeff Fisher, who just completed his 16th full season as the NFL's longest-tenured coach with his team.

The team announced the move Thursday night within an hour of a report by SI.com that they were negotiating Fisher's departure.

“After the season was complete, we had numerous discussions on the direction of the team and were pleased that we were moving forward with Jeff at the helm," the Titans said in a press release.

"Since that time, it became evident that consensus was increasingly hard to find and reality wasn’t matching the vision we discussed. It is unfortunate that this decision is coming at this juncture, but we believe that we have reached the point where change is in the best interest of both parties."

“I want to thank Mr. Adams and the organization for a special 17 years," Fisher said in a statement. "I can’t thank the fans enough for the support they showed us through the years; it has been a tremendous experience.

"We all did our very best and I think I can look back with fond memories and be very proud of what we accomplished. I want to wish the organization, the current players and the fans nothing but the best in the future.”

The move comes only three weeks after owner Bud Adams announced Fisher would stay on for the final year of his current contract in a move that would have left Fisher coaching for his future.

A news conference will be held either later Thursday night or Friday to discuss the first coaching change since the franchise relocated to Tennessee from Houston in 1997.

Fisher has coached the Titans since 1994, the longest tenure with one team of any head coach in the NFL.


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