Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams has decided Coach Jeff Fisher will return for the 2011 season, the team announced on Friday afternoon.
“I appreciate all of our fans’ patience over the last week while I deliberated on the immediate future of the football team. I have informed our senior management that Jeff Fisher will be our head coach next season," Adams said in a statement.
“Jeff has meant a great deal to this franchise and we have reached some incredible heights under his leadership. 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. The results of his leadership have been some very good football teams and I believe he will get us back to an elite level.”
Fisher just wrapped up his 16th full season with the franchise, and his team’s 6-10 record put his job status in question. Adams, after meeting with top executives earlier this week, decided to remain with Fisher for at least one more season.
Fisher is scheduled to make roughly $6.5 million in the final year of his contract. It’s unclear if he’ll make any staff changes for the 2011 season, but earlier in the week Fisher didn’t rule out the possibility. As part of his contract with the team, Fisher has control over his coaching staff.
Earlier this week, the Titans announced plans to part ways with quarterback Vince Young this offseason.
Fisher also released a statement when the team made the announcement: "Mr. Adams and I had a good talk about where we are as a football team. Clearly I am pleased with the news today. Presenting Mr. Adams with his first Lombardi Trophy is still the objective and I will continue to work for that goal.”
Fisher has posted a 142-120 mark since taking over as coach of the franchise during the 1994 season, but his playoff record is just 5-6 and the team hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2003 season. Fisher currently ranks third among active coaches in career wins, trailing only Bill Belichick (177) and Mike Shanahan (160).