Calling Jeff Fisher

Earlier, I heard an interesting interview recently with Jimmy Johnson, who I still claim taught me more about professional football and management than anyone in my life. In the interview, Jimmy declared that, although Jeff Fisher is a friend, he was somewhat dubious of his coaching record. For instance, Johnson pointed out, Fisher only had 6 winning seasons out of 17 coaching the Oilers/Titans.

That fact is true, however, look at those winning records. Fisher has recorded win totals of 13, 13, 11, 12, 10, and 13. Impressive. Furthermore, he has recorded .500 seasons 5 times, and 7 and 9 seasons twice. So, 13 out of 17 seasons Fisher did as well or better than Tony Sparano, save the flukey 11-5 season in 2008.

There are additional reasons to consider “calling” Jeff Fisher, which i will explore in subsequent posts, but as I listen to more and more team observers call for the next “hot” coordinator, I wonder if this franchise can take that risk at this time in its history. Perhaps it is better to go with a coach who has a track record, (an impressive one in my opinion), has run an organization that went through trying times, (the move from Houston to Nashville) and has been the head and voice of a franchise.

Food for thought.

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