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Titans' Fisher to return for 17th season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Bud Adams has thought it over, and the Tennessee Titans' owner has decided he isn't ready just yet to part with Jeff Fisher.

"Jeff has meant a great deal to this franchise and we have reached some incredible heights under his leadership," Adams said in a statement Friday.

Adams also thanked fans for their patience over the past week while he decided on the team's future.

"Obviously, I have very high expectations for our football team and want to deliver a championship to our fans," the 88-year-old owner said. "Jeff understands this and shares my expectations. The results of his leadership have been some very good football teams and I believe he will get us back to an elite level."

The decision comes two days after Adams agreed the Titans needed to part with Vince Young five seasons after he ordered the quarterback drafted. Young was 30-17, not counting his lone playoff loss, but he told off Fisher in front of the team after suffering a season-ending injury Nov. 21.

Adams' decision means Fisher, the NFL's longest-tenured coach, will be back for a 17th season.

Meanwhile, a Friday news conference that was to announce the Miami Dolphins' retention of coach Tony Sparano was postponed at the last minute and was rescheduled for today. The Dolphins talked to Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh about the job but he wound up taking the head coaching job in San Francisco.

Pat Shurmur, who just finished his second season as St. Louis' offensive coordinator, interviewed for Cleveland's top job, the first candidate known to have formally visited with Browns president Mike Holmgren.


Bills assistant fired

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey has an opening on his staff after inside linebackers coach DeMontie Cross was dismissed Friday. Cross was one of three assistants under Dick Jauron that were retained by Gailey.

Cross joined the Bills in 2006 as a defensive assistant/special teams. He was promoted the following year to assistant linebackers and special teams coach.

No reason was given for Cross' firing.


Another fine for Brackett

NEW YORK -- The NFL fined Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett $35,000 for his hit on Tennessee Titans long snapper Ken Amato in last Sunday's game.

Brackett was called for an illegal blindside block on Amato as the linebacker ran toward the Colts' goal line and hit the long snapper from the side in springing Antoine Bethea for a return off a missed field goal. The hit cracked Amato's helmet.

Brackett has now been fined three times this season for illegal hits.

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