Hooray for good news!
Jeff Fisher and the Tennessee Titans have agreed to a contract extension, reported to keep the NFL's longest tenured coach in Nashville thru 2011 to the tune of $5.5-6 million per year. And hey, no state income tax!
In my denomination, pastors are often moved around from place to place, and at least in the area I've served (North Georgia/East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia) it's very rare to find pastors who've been in the same place for 10+ years. Working this job has given me a new perspective on the coachspeak about needing time and building a process - when coaches today, on both the college and pro level, are terminated after two or three subpar seasons, it's not that it isn't always merited, it's just that I understand. And the Titans have been on that same roller coaster, going from new team in Nashville to annual Super Bowl contender to third pick in the NFL Draft, and now appear to be on their way back up. And it's rare that ownership, fan base, etc. have all come together to agree to let one person steer the ship the entire time. But Fisher has been that man, and though I don't have a real feel on the Titans fanbase as a whole not living in Nashville, this to me is very good news. And it would've been very good news even without Vince Young. Fisher gets the job done, period. You saw it yesterday...I hope you did anyway, because I sure didn't, not that the Carolina Panthers aren't exciting television...anyway, yesterday a team with significantly less star power than the defending Super Bowl Champions pushed them to the wire with, as best I could tell via Mike Keith, a lot of grit and determination. And even though they didn't get it done, you feel like now they can compete with everybody. And so you're eager about Monday Night, and it's not 100% Vince Young. Which is a great sign.
This is a good day for the Titans, but it's also a good day for head coaches everywhere. Jeff Fisher is one of the few and far between examples, on any level, of one guy being given the opportunity to see it through, and coming through on that opportunity. And so I for one am very appreciative, and very glad he's being rewarded for it.
So since the Vols are not in a good place right now, and I can actually see it on TV this week...is it Monday yet?
...oh wait, it is Monday. Alright, next Monday. Right.