Philadelphia Eagles: Why Jeff Fisher Should Be Hired As Defensive Coordinator

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIJanuary 27, 2011

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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Jeff Fisher, the longest tenured coach in the league, will be parting ways with the Tennessee Titans. Even though he led a young team, the teamin some eyes—has not played up to par the last couple of seasons.

Fisher has ties with the Eagles.

When Buddy Ryan became the head coach of the Eagles, Fisher promptly joined him, as a defensive backs coach in 1985.

Couple years later, Fisher was promoted to defensive coordinator, and built one of the best defenses in the league.

At the age of only 30 when promoted, the Eagles defense in '89, led the league in interceptions and sacks, and the '90 defense led the league in rushing defense and sacks as well.

Fisher left the Eagles to work under his college coach, and later in 1995 became the Titans head coach. He has been the coach ever since, until today.

Jeff Fisher quickly led the Titans to winning ways, and the team even reached the Super Bowl in 1999, where they lost the game by a half a yard!

Currently the Eagles have an opening at defensive coordinator, and Fisher is considered a defensive mastermind in the league.

The Eagles are interested in many assistants, especially ones that are currently with the two Super Bowl contenders.

Does Andy Reid want to wait that long to fill this important position?

One of Fisher's favorite assistants decided to join the Eagles as defensive line coach (Jim Washburn), and Fisher could also be hired.

Fisher has done a lot with a defense that lacked big names.

Though, it may be a stretch for Fisher to downgrade from one of the most respected head coaches in the NFL to just a defensive coordinator, Andy Reid should try his best to hire him.

Offer him whatever contract he wants, make him the highest paid defensive coordinator in the league.

Fisher has shown he can work with young players in the past and could be a perfect motivator for an inexperienced defense that lacks guidance and leadership.

Some young players need the extra push which Fisher can certainly provide.

Could the Eagles have one of the best defensive staffs if they hire Jeff Fisher?To answer the question simply, no doubt about it.

Even though the hiring is very unlikely, I'm hoping Andy Reid can convince him to come to Philly and work for a Super Bowl ring.