Friday, December 10, 2010

Jeff Fisher Is On The Hot Seat

Watching the 5-7 (now 5-8) Titans punt on 4th & 1 Thursday night against the Colts was just another in a line of bad calls made by coach Jeff Fisher this season.

Down one possession with less than four minutes to go, he decided to give the ball back to Peyton Manning and the Colts. They extended the lead to nine.

Then with about 30 seconds left, Fisher had an opportunity to let Rob Bironas kick a field goal, knowing his team needed two scores. Instead, he left the offense on the field, not getting in the end zone til the clock expired. Sounds more like a clock management problem by Les Miles at LSU.

Issues started earlier this season when Fisher benched starting QB Vince Young Week 2 against the Steelers after one half of football. Young had turned the ball over multiple times but he's the starter for a reason. I didn't agree with it but understood why. Backup Kerry Collins had more success moving the offense down the field, but Fisher damaged the confidence and his relationship with Young so early in the season.

Then after starting WR Kenny Britt suffered a hamstring injury, the Titans brought in the best deep threat receiver in NFL history, Randy Moss. Five games in, he has had no impact. And the main reason is no one is throwing him the ball. How can you not try to get him involved? The Titans started 5-2 and weren't eliminated til last night's loss. How did they not turn to him for a spark? How many times do you need to see the ball bounce off the chests of Nate Washington and Bo Scaife to realize this?

Maybe Fisher, the longest-tenured coach in the NFL, needs to move on. It's been a solid 17 years, but he has only one Super Bowl appearance and several missed opportunities (2008).

I don't think owner Bud Adams should get rid of Fisher unless he can hire a championship-winning coach like Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher.

But he has to start taking some chances. And he has to prove he's still the right man for the job. If not, he'll be on his way out of Tennessee.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Biggest Grammy Snub of 2010: Ke$ha

The Grammy nominees were announced this week. Some were surprisingly included, such as Katy Perry's Teenage Dream for Album of the Year and Esperanza Spalding in the Best New Artist category.

Since the Grammys have been dominated by popular music in recent years, with hits like Beyonce's "Single Ladies" winning Song of the Year despite being incredibly dumb, how did Ke$ha not get nominated for Best New Artist?

I'm not making the case that she has a great voice or her music is deep. But look at the charts from this past year. Her first single "Tik Tok" reached No. 1 in 11 countries and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks. It scored the biggest single-week sum of all time for a female artist selling 610,000 digital downloads in one week and has surpassed the five million mark in paid downloads.

Her debut album, Animal, has sold over two million copies worldwide and spawned three additional top ten hits. And she was featured on 3OH!3's "My First Kiss" which peaked at No. 9 in the U.S.

Ke$ha has not been received well critically, but sales and chart performances speak for themselves. And the Nashville, Tenn. native deserved some Grammy love.