The wife of former Tennessee Titans General Manager Floyd Reese blasted Titans coach Jeff Fisher and the organization in comments made on WGFX-FM 104.5 The Zone Thursday on the SportsZone with George Plaster.
Sally Reese intimated that her husband was essentially fired with no notice after 21 years with the organization, and was not given the opportunity to clean out his office and that his resignation was written not by her husband but by team Senior Executive Vice President Steve Underwood.
Floyd Reese, who left the Titans organization in January 2007 after having a role with the team since 1986, had stayed quiet regarding his exit, but his wife Sally was in town and called to air her grievances after hearing comments made by Zone contributor John McClain, who covered the franchise when it was in Houston, about the Fisher-Reese situation on Wednesday.
“I was here in Nashville, and I was listening to John McClain speak, and I just had to kind of set the record straight, because my husband won’t,” she said. “There was no fighting between Jeff and Floyd. I will say this, if pressed, that different people called us for months before and said they were picking sides…
“So bottom line is my husband just went along and did his job and everything was just fine and one day he went to work and said, ‘Gee after 21 years we’re going in a different direction.’ Floyd still kind of didn’t get that. It was like, ‘What, what’ Now what I read and I hear all that stuff. My husband was totally oblivious. All he did was his job.”
Floyd Reese is now a senior advisor for the New England Patriots and was on a plane to London where the Pats, who hammered the Titans 59-0 Sunday in Foxboro, Mass., are to play against Tampa Bay on Sunday, and was unaware that his wife was going to make the radio appearance.
“He won’t like it. My son just called me a little while ago, and had I told him, he would have gotten through to Floyd on the plane. So I didn’t tell him either,” Sally Reese said. “But it’s all good. Oh, and the last thing when the statement was issued, when Floyd issued a statement. Floyd didn’t issue a statement. Underwood made it up. That’s another thing. I don’t know if that’s a lawsuit, but being a vindictive wife, I would have done a lawsuit.”
Sally Reese, who alleged that her husband saved Fisher from being fired twice in his tenure, indicated that she was happy that the Patriots routed the Titans in the fashion they did and hoped it would be worse than the final score.
“He kept Jeff from getting fired two times. So if he’d let him get fired, he’d still be there. Hello? That’s hindsight.” Reese said. “But you know paybacks — can I say bitch? — payback’s a bitch. Sunday I was hoping they’d run it to 100. And I love Tennessee. All you Tennessee people, my dad’s from Tennessee, but when you get sucker punched, you want to sucker punch back. My husband said it would be very uncool. He said, ‘We have to play them again.’ I said I only hope.”
Listen to the audio in two parts.
Sally Reese also refuted that Fisher did not have input into the draft process while Floyd Reese was GM.
“Floyd had Devin Hester on the phone. He was going to the Titans. And Jeff wanted LenDale White. So Floyd backed it up, and you guys got LenDale. The Chicago Bears got [Hester], and that would have been the fourth Rookie of the Year my husband would have had. Not too shabby,” Reese said. “I just wanted to set the record straight, because sometimes when I hear what John has to say, I have to say B.S. to it. So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”
The Titans declined comment on the situation. Efforts to reach McClain were unsuccessful.
However, Plaster admitted he was taken aback by Reese’s words.
“I was stunned by the phone call, and I guess if I could do it all over again, I would have cut the call off about a third of the way through. This is not how I want our show to operate. It never has been, and it never will be,” Plaster said.