St. Louis Rams: Jeff Fisher Is the Most Overrated NFL Coach of All Time

Daniel HudsonCorrespondent IIIJanuary 6, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 02: Jeff Fisher the Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans watches play during NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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ESPN's BottomLine is filled with minute-by-minute updates on the travels of Tennessee Titans former head coach Jeff Fisher. Apparently, lots of teams want him, but what they don't realize is that he's the most overrated coach of all time.

The Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams would be better served to either gamble on a young coach or hire an even bigger name like Bill Cowher (less overrated than Fisher). I do, however, think the San Diego Chargers should've fired the sub-.500 Norv Turner for Fisher. That tells you what I think of Turner.

But why is Fisher so overrated? Let me count the ways...


For His Drafting

First-round picks are the way you build championship teams.

The Indianapolis Colts formed their base with Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Dwight Freeney, all first-rounders. The Houston Texans have Andre Johnson and Mario Williams.

The Titans? Albert Haynesworth, Pacman Jones and Vince Young. Not only did two of those three not pan out, none of the three are even in Tennessee anymore.

Still, history says that Fisher's first-round picks have around a 50 percent chance of contributing, which isn't terrible. Derrick Morgan looks OK if he can stay healthy, and Chris Johnson is great. But what about those important late-round picks?

Where did Roydell Williams go? Chris Henry, Ben Troupe and Calvin Lowry have nice names but are MIA. The Titans are comprised of free agents and rookies for a reason, folks.


For His Regular Seasons

Lovingly nicknamed "Field Goal Fisher," he made a 16-year living by playing a few great teams close and every single terrible team even closer. The idea was to get a 3-0 lead, and then run out the clock with two-and-a-half-yard runs for the remaining three quarters.

If you want to have to play perfect defense, play for Jeff Fisher.

What that did was require mistake-free football, which is virtually impossible. When the New Orleans Saints throw an interception, it's not good, but it's not a gut-wrenching and game-ending mistake. It happens.

Teams that score more are allowed more room for error. I recall thinking that an untimely incompletion was a game-ender for Tennessee. That's insane.

You might say, "But Daniel! It worked for him and the Titans! Just look at his record!" You'd be very wrong if you did.

In 16 full seasons with the Titans/Oilers, Fisher had six winning seasons. That means that only 38 percent of his seasons ended with more wins than losses.

Herm Edwards' winning-season percentage is 50, four winning seasons out of eight. Denny Green's is 62 percent at eight out of 13. Brian Billick's is 56 percent at five out of nine.

Herm Edwards has better coaching numbers than Fisher.
Herm Edwards has better coaching numbers than Fisher.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

And yet, Fisher is the hottest free-agent coach out there? Laughable!


For His Postseasons

Except for one magical run through the 2000 playoffs, Jeff Fisher's playoff record is 2-5. With the 2000 AFC Championship season, it's boosted to a still sub-.500 5-6.

Fisher has taken the top AFC seed to the playoffs twice, and the result was two first-round exits at home. Are you kidding? You can't win one game at home with the conference's best team?

I wish I had more to write on here, but with only five postseason trips out of 16 seasons, that wraps it up.


Oh Jeff...

Somehow this guy has convinced the powers that be that he's a premier NFL head coach.

At least you know better now. You have evidence for the debate that will ensue once Fisher gets hired in Miami or St. Louis to convince your friends at work that he is, in fact, bad.

You know that Jeff Fisher, a kind and decent man, is an average coach and the most overrated in league history.