Sports Illustrated reported it. The Titans confirmed it via Twitter. And now, it's all out there. It caught Jason Babin, Ryan Mouton and Derrick Morgan off guard. For what it's worth, our erstwhile quarterback has been silent so far (although, apparently, "Say I Won't" by ProPain is a good song).
The Tennessee Titans and Coach Jeff Fisher are "parting ways." After 16-ish years helming the Oilers/Titans, racking up a 142-120 record, and leading the squad to a Super Bowl appearance, Nashville's Second-Greatest Mustache is leaving (Bob Mueller outlasts another lip-tickler).
It's been an offseason racked with turmoil and more drama than the Monday night lineup on whatever the WB is called now. VY is gone (allegedly — he's still under contract and this latest move raises the question of whether Bud Adams will rekindle his romance). Titans coaches have dropped like flies (or like rats off a sinking ship): defensive end Jedi Master Jim Washburn off to Philly. Underperforming, bird-throwing defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil canned. Running backs coach Craig Johnson is heading to Minnesota to coach quarterbacks.
Yet this still comes as a shock. It seemed that the coach won the Fisher-Young battle was and, at the least, was facing a "playoffs or pink slip" year in 2011 (should there be an NFL season). Obviously that's not the case. There's no telling what's going on at Titans Central (and we're not alone — check out Tennessean Titans beat man Jim Wyatt's Twitter stream for some hilarious quotes from the now-confirmed-as-out-of-touch Bud Adams).
This is uncharted territory for Nashville. Ponder this: Since the Predators made Nashville an official big-league city in 1998, this is the first head coaching change we've had to go through.
What Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Royals fans (trust me, I know) have to go through every three months Nashvillians are going to be going through for the first time. Names will be bandied about (Mangini, Cowher, Gruden, et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseam), and with the kooky-banana-ness that has been the offseason and the Barnum-and-Bailey atmosphere that has surrounded the team for the past several months, don't be surprised if the next head coach isn't anybody's first choice.