The Tennessee Titans and head coach Jeff Fisher are negotiating Fisher’s exit, Sports Illustrated Don Banks reports.
The Titans have confirmed Fisher’s departure.
Titans owner Bud Adams had announced that Fisher would remain with the team in early January.
Fisher, who turns 53 next month, has been the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans head coach for the past 17 seasons, replacing Jack Pardee 10 games into the 1994 season. Under Fisher, the Titans are 142-120 with four division titles in the regular season, and 5-6 with one AFC Championship title in the post-season.
With Fisher on his way out, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid will become the NFL’s longest-tenured head coach. Reid hired former Titans assistant Jim Washburn to coach the Eagles’ defensive line, and with a coordinator position open, could bring Fisher back in a role he held from 1988-90, provided a settlement with Titans allows Fisher to coach in the NFL this season.
Fisher’s departure may also create an opportunity for Vince Young to return to the Titans.
Young and Fisher clashed several times in recent seasons, including a high-profile incident after the Eagles’ 19-16 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins on November 21.