Jeff Fisher Isn't Worthy of Exorbitant Money

Derek Estes@NotacowCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 26:  Head coach Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans looks on from the sidelines during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 26, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The latest word from NFL's Jason La Canfora says Jeff Fisher's looking for a massive payday from either the St. Louis Rams or Miami Dolphins.

Fisher's reportedly looking for something in the $7 million annual salary range to re-enter the coaching ranks. With Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden both apparently holding onto their comfortable analyst jobs, Fisher must see this year as a seller's market for head coaches.

Because there's no way any team should pay $7 million for Fisher's services. Whichever team ponies up that kind of cash deserves the frustration that will inevitably come their way the next few years.

That's not to say Fisher's a bad coach.  He's just not a great one.

The Titans made the playoffs six times under his direction. That would be a solid track record for your average coach in today's climate—most coaches are lucky to stay with one team for six years.

But Fisher coached the Titans for so many years that he started when they were the Oilers. For those keeping track at home, Fisher spent 17 years coaching the franchise and only made the playoffs a third of those years.

His performance in the playoffs is similarly pedestrian, winning less than 50 percent of his matchups. True, he came within two yards of winning a Super Bowl, but we all know what close counts in—football isn't one of them.

That's not stopping Fisher from demanding top dollar, though.

As of last year, only Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan topped the $7 million mark, and they both own considerably more jewelry than Fisher does. Shanahan hasn't justified his salary in two years with the Redskins, but Belichick is the modern-day equivalent to Vince Lombardi or Chuck Noll.

Fisher doesn't belong in that class, and Dolphins/Rams fans should be furious at the idea of paying him like he is.

One of these teams will pay up, though, and Fisher will school them on the law of supply and demand.