I Only Have One Take Away From This Video Of Jeff Fisher Announcing His Firing To The Rest Of His Coaching Staff...
Would you look at that? All that Jeff Fisher needed to start handing coaching responsibilities in a commendable way was to be relieved of his coaching responsibilities. Oh, the irony.
But seriously, for a guy that ultimately got canned for appearing to have entered the beginning stages of Alzheimer's, that was a pretty sincere, well put together farewell. Like, if he had put that much honest thought into his roster building, play-calling, and press conferences then that depressing clip may have never had to come to fruition. The Jeff Fisher that just thanked his staff profusely before promising them that he would stop at nothing to extend their careers in the NFL can run my football team any day. Unfortunately, every other day he was the guy reciting his upcoming opponent's depth chart from five years prior, and - though he somehow received an extension after that snafu - that's not the mark of a man that has his wits about him.
All that aside, can we just take a second to appreciate a particular reaction from the audience? I find it a bit....let's say...coincidental that the only person that was literally and figuratively taken aback by an announcement that was - at the very least - a year in the making was the guy who benefited from it. I'm not going to make any accusations, but if John Fassel didn't drum up the dramatics in order to make it look like he totallllly didn't know he was taking over then he is so stunningly illiterate when it comes to the writing on the wall that he actively tries to get as far away from it as possible once the words become his reality.