It was two weeks ago today that news broke of Jeff Fisher’s tenure as the coach of the Tennessee Titans coming to a close. I remember when I first heard the report, I couldn’t believe it. Jeff Fisher has been the head coach of the Tennessee Titans organization for the last 17 years. During that time the Titans organization moved from Houston to Nashville, changed their name from the Oilers to the Titans, won 13 or more games 3 times, won the 1999 AFC championship and came a yard short of being crowned Super Bowl Champions.
During his press conference Jeff stated that he was proud of what the team had accomplished over the course of the last 17 years. He thanked the owner, Bud Adams, for hiring him and sticking with him for all these years. He thanked the fans for their love and support of him and the team. As he drew his statements to a close, Jeff said, “I have been blessed to be associated with one of the best franchises in the National Football League for this long, but as they say all good things come to an end.”
As I have had time now to reflect on the situation and the comments of Jeff Fisher, I suppose he was right… all good things do come to an end. People we love die, leaving us behind to pick up the pieces and move on with our lives. Jobs we enjoy are taken from us, leaving us to look for employment. Television shows we would never miss eventually go off the air, leaving us to look for something to replace our time with. Our favorite athletes retire, leaving us to look for some younger player to cheer for. And yes, the coaches we have come to trust and respect eventually say goodbye, leaving us anxiously waiting for the next guy to replace him. I guess it’s true; all good things do come to an end at some point.
Now the Titans organization has the tumultuous task of replacing one of the most respected coaches in the game. It will be sad to see someone other than Jeff Fisher leading the Titans into battle next season. I have always appreciated the way Fisher conducted himself, both on and off the field. He was a class act and a good football coach! Titans’ fans will miss him, but now we look forward to a new era. We look forward to the next guy leading us to a Super Bowl victory. As Jeff said, “All good things come to an end.”
Now that’s Something to Think About!