Jeff Fisher: The Misguided Fascination with the Former Tennessee Titans Coach
Fisher has reportedly sat down with decision makers in Miami and is now on his way to St. Louis. Those are just the first two stops in the top-rated Jeff Fisher Tour, which will likely see the one-time Chicago Bears safety talking to just about every team owner with a coaching vacancy.
I have no beef with Jeff Fisher, but I just don't get the misguided fascination for him.
I suppose it's because he's a fiery, take-no-guff kind of guy. It could be because his teams have generally played hard for him and admired him. These are appealing traits for some team owners, who are tired of players who fail to produce or who are simply interested in themselves and not the team. It is fair to want a coach who changes the culture for the better.
That being said, someone will have to explain to me just how this guy suddenly has become the hottest NFL coaching prospect. I don't get it.
Fisher coached 17 years for the Titans but managed only six winning seasons. Yes, there were a number of 8-8 seasons sprinkled throughout his tenure, but after all those years he just barely has a .500 winning percentage. Further, Fisher went to just one Super Bowl against the St. Louis Rams in a game that he lost. That's just his record.
As a coach I often found him unimaginative. His teams generally played it safe and boring. Fisher was probably the only coach who could have grounded Air McNair.
The late Steve McNair came to the Titans renowned for throwing the long ball—thus his nickname "Air". However, Fisher's usual offensive game plan took away McNair's greatest strength and turned him into a guy who handed the ball off to the tailback more often than he threw it down the field.
To be fair, though, his defenses were physical, tough and hard-nosed.
What's more, none of this is to say that Jeff Fisher is not a competent coach. I'm just saying that he has had far more years than most coaches ever get to show us something extraordinary.
After nearly two decades, he so far has failed to do that.
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