INDIANAPOLIS _ As the Tennessee Titans put the finishing touches on their second-half season collapse with Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Colts, the franchise now shifts into off-season mode.
And it is an off-season that might be filled with more questions and different scenarios than any since the franchise moved to Tennessee 14 seasons ago.
At the crux of the situation, of course, is what happens to Coach Jeff Fisher, the NFL's longest tenured head coach with 16 full seasons at the helm, and to quarterback Vince Young, whose season ended with a locker room tantrum following a thumb injury. Both men's fate are intertwined to the point that whatever decision owner Bud Adams makes, it could come down to an either/or situation between coach and quarterback.
According to a source, TitanInsider has been told that a meeting in Houston involving Fisher, Adams, general manager Mike Reinfeldt and senior executive vice president Steve Underwood, is expected to take place no later than Wednesday this week.
A report from Fox Sports said the meeting could take place Monday. The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday, according to what a league source indicated to TitanInsider.
When asked about his future with the franchise and whether he expected to return after Sunday's game that dropped the Titans to 6-10, Fisher said, “I'm under contract. Yeah, I hope that I am (back next year).”
Of course, that could have something to do with what the Titans do with Young, whose status will be a major topic in the meeting this week. Young also has one more season left on his contract. He has a $4.25 million roster bonus due in March (unless a lockout pushes the date back) in which the Titans could opt out of the final year of his deal.
Fisher and Young have not spoken since the quarterback's profanity-laced tirade back on Nov. 21 as the quarterback stormed out. Players are scheduled to take exit physicals on Monday, and those on injured reserve are required to take physicals as well, meaning Young should be at Baptist Sports Park sometime Monday in order to comply.
After Sunday's game, many players voiced support for Fisher, whose tenure is on probably its shakiest ground since he took over as head coach late in 1994.
“I like the organization. Fisher is a great coach. ... I can't tell you what they're going to do. … I hope Fish don't go nowhere, and we can just win a Super Bowl with each other next year,” defensive end William Hayes said.
Star running back Chris Johnson also had praise for Fisher.
“Fisher is a great coach, and my three years playing with him, I've enjoyed playing with him. He's been coaching for 16 years, and obviously he's doing something right,” running back Chris Johnson said.
Added fullback Ahmard Hall, who is scheduled to be a free agent,“Hopefully, Coach Fisher stays here, and the team stays together. I think it's a good situation, we just had a bad season.”
Linebacker Stephen Tulloch another free agent, also threw his support behind the coach.
"He's had 17 years here, he's a guy who is well respected, and none of the guys in the locker room have anything bad to say to him including myself,” Tulloch said. "Whatever happens to him, he'll do a good job wherever he is, if he's here or whatever happens.
"He is a well respected guy in my eyes and my teammates eyes as well; Everything will pan out in the offseason."
UPDATE: Reinfeldt and Underwood are indeed in Houston already meeting with Adams. Fisher is still in Nashville and as of 2 p.m. CT Vince Young's locker had not been cleaned out, meaning he was probably not at the facility today.