If an NFL team wants to firmly commit to mediocrity, Jeff Fisher is waiting for a call to become head coach.
By the time he was fired late in the 2016 season, Jeff Fisher’s run of 7-9 records with the Los Angeles Rams became a punch line. The team posted that record twice in his four full seasons, with a 7-8-1 and a 6-10 to fill things out. After a long, mostly successful run with the Tennessee Titans (1994-2010), Fisher is not likely to be an NFL head coach ever again.
But Fisher is clearly not giving up on the idea. He sort of surfaced as a candidate for the Chicago Bears around a year ago, as John Fox was clearly nearing the end. Last December, a report surfaced that Fisher wanted back in to the league and was eyeing potential openings with the Colts, Browns and Bears. Two of those teams hired new coaches, while the Browns hung onto Hue Jackson for at least one more year.
During a recent interview with Sirius XM, Fisher suggested he had opportunities in television and to be an assistant coach. He had a point about a potential issue with preparing to work as a booth analyst, but his assertion that he’s essentially too good to be an assistant is a reach.
On the idea of working a game on television.
Let me give you the example,“My first year off is last year. Could you imagine me sitting down in a production meeting on Friday in Seattle with Pete Carroll and then on Saturday with Bruce Arians? Probably not going to get a lot of information out of them. I just wasn’t comfortable with that.
And on the idea of being a defensive coordinator.
I’ve had opportunities to stay in it, but I don’t see myself coming back and coordinating, “If the Lord has that opportunity ahead of me, then I’ll do that once I’ve eliminated all the possibilities to get back on the sidelines.”
Fisher is 12th on the NFL’s all-time list in regular season coaching wins (173), but his 165 regular season losses are also a league record and he last led a team to the playoffs in 2008. To see Fisher’s shortcomings as a head coach, look no further than the Rams’ seven-win improvement last year with the breath of fresh air that was Sean McVay leading the way.