Online Now 22

Nepotism may have played role in exit

Part of the reason for Jeff Fisher's departure with the Tennessee Titans could be tied to his son Brandon.

Sources indicated to TitanInsider that Brandon Fisher, who volunteered on the staff during the latter part of last season, was being groomed by his father to take a spot on the staff.

According to a source, general manager Mike Reinfeldt initially signed off on the hire, but with Titans owner Bud Adams, hiring family members is strictly forbidden.

Sources said that when Jeff and Brandon Fisher wanted to go to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this week, Jeff Fisher was told that Brandon could not go with him at the Titans' expense nor could he have a spot on the staff.

That would help to explain why Fisher was not at the Senior Bowl this week, despite his need to hire three assistant coaches and evaluate quarterbacks who are available in the draft, such as Jake Locker and Ricky Stanzi.

Adams' policy of no nepotism has come into play before with the Titans. It was reported that Gregg Williams could have been rehired to be the team's defensive coordinator in 2008, but did not take the job because the Titans would not hire his son.

Likewise, part of the reason it is believed that Floyd Reese fell out of favor with Adams in 2006 as general manager was because he had his son on staff during that final season.

Another underlying factor in Fisher's departure was the matter of Chuck Cecil even after his contract was extended a few weeks before he was fired, meaning that Adams is paying Cecil a salary in 2011 despite him being fired a week ago.

Already have an account? Sign In