The Fisher Administration: Behind Tennessee's Real Titans

Andrea NejmanContributor IJune 4, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 1: Jeff Fisher, head coach of the Tennessee Titans watches the action during the Tennessee Titans Minicamp on May 1, 2009 at Baptist Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Jeff Fisher is the reason that the Titans have found success over the years in the NFL.  He may not have the breakaway talent, and may deal with heartbreaking injuries, but still leads his players to victory.

Jeff Fisher has more than 100 wins in the span of his 11-year coaching career and ranks fifth among head coaches, alongside other greats like Tony Dungy.  He has led the Titans to four playoff appearances and a Super Bowl slot.

But who supports Fisher in his meticulous strategy and morale-boosting techniques?

This year, two new staff members join Fisher on the coaching staff, including Earnest Byner, a running backs coach with experience with the Washington Redskins.  This will be a fantastic opportunity for Chris Johnson and LenDale White to hone their skills by learning from an expert who coordinated superior running backs like Clinton Portis for Washington.

Chuck Cecil has moved up to the position of defensive coordinator.

"I’m just going to be whatever the offense dictates," Cecil told the City Paper of Nashville, "I’m going to do whatever I think is best for us to succeed.”

Jeff Fisher got his start on the defensive end.  Fisher handled defensive backs with the Eagles, becoming the youngest defensive coordinator in NFL history in 1988. The two will be an unbeatable pair on the defensive end. Everyone knows that Jeff Fisher's experience and expertise on the field make him an elite leader.

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But that's not always the case.

Interestingly enough, five people on the staff have NO pro experience, and some don't even have any college play experience either.  It goes to show that sometimes knowledge of the game can supersede years of play. 

Take Craig Johnson. He's a quarterbacks coach with no pro playing experience at all.  His contract was extended three years ago, and the former Wyoming quarterback from Rome, NY has shown that he has what it takes to coach the big-leaguers in Young and Collins.

58-year-old Alan Lowry doesn't have pro experience either.  As the special teams coach for the Titans, he has proven you don't need to play in the NFL in order to NFL's leaders.  Craig Hentrich's punting average is 53.3 yards. 

Coincidence? I don't think so.

Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger doesn't have experience on the pro field, but was a college coach for 15 years, and knows exactly how to be an effective coordinator.

The only problem with him? Flip-flopping.

In politics, everyone hates a flip-flopper, who moves back and forth between sides on an issue.  Heimerdinger coached the Titans from 2000-2004, then moved to the Jets, then re-joined the Broncos (who he had coached earlier), and then came back to the Titans in 2008. 

The guy is talented, but again, as a fan, I just want him to stick with his Titans!

I want the loyalty of Jeff Fisher.  Among today's active head coaches, Fisher has the longest tenure as head coach of the same team.  Money moves people all over the league, but pride keeps them in one place.

Regardless, there is no doubt that the precision, passion, and expertise of the Titans' coaching administration have led team in becoming one of the greatest threats to every other team in the NFL.

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