The news came down recently that the Titans and coach Jeff Fisher have decided to part ways. I personally thought that Jeff Fisher was going to be the coach this year and the decisions of the Titans brass had been made. But apparently, the Titans weren't through shaking things up.
The future looks very bleak right now for an organization that currently has one QB on the roster ( Rusty Smith ), has no head coach and was pretty much awful on defense. I know that Vince Young is technically still on the roster, but that decision has been made and he will not be back despite Fisher leaving. As far as what the Titans need to do now, there's a myriad of things that need to be done.
The first thing is they need to find a coach. The options are few and far between because most coaching vacancies have been filed with viable candidates and most big-time coaches aren't interested in coming to a team that's at best a 2 or 3 year rebuilding process. But, as far as candidates are concerned, look for the Titans to go after an offensive coordinator like Marty Mornhinweg of the Philadelphia Eagles or an old familiar face in Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Either of these guys would be a good choice because they are masters at what they do. Another option right now is Titans offensive line coach Mike Munchak. Munchak is considered to be one of owner Bud Adam's favorites. The main thing that Bud will consider in whoever he hires is the money. Bud will not want to pay two coaches big money because Bud is still on the hook for Jeff Fisher's salary for next year unless they have reached some kind of agreement for Fisher to be paid out now.
The next thing that needs to be worked out is how do the Titans bolster their roster. The best way to do that is through the draft and for the Titans to do that, they need more draft picks. I was firmly against the move I'm about to say awhile ago, but after looking at the holes that the Titans have, they must trade Chris Johnson. Johnson is their most valuable piece and he would net them some solid draft picks in return to build up their team and mainly their defense.
Another move that needs to be made is the Titans definitely need to draft a QB. I'm usually the guy who never believes in drafting a QB high in the draft because a good defense and a serviceable QB can get you through, but this team needs a face and that face will be a QB in the 1st round. When the Titans draft that QB, they also need to make sure and bring in a reliable veteran to mentor the youngster as he learns the ropes. QB Kerry Collins could serve in that role or the Titans could go get a veteran that may get waived ( Denver's Kyle Orton ).
The painful truth is that the next few years will be rough for the Titans. They don't have too much of an identity on defense, they don't have an offense that's explosive and they don't have a clear-cut leader. If the Titans acquire more draft picks, draft smart and spend wisely, they will be back in the fold again sooner than later. The ball is in management's court now.