Thank God!!! —The Dolphins didn’t hire Jeff Fisher


Jeff Fisher is the head coach of the St. Louis Rams. Many in South Florida will take that headline and run with it in the direction of Steven Ross and Jeff Ireland blowing another coaching interview with a big name coach, or Jeff Fisher was perfect for the Dolphins or, this or that or anything that ends with Ross messed up and Jeff Fisher should be our coach.

Let me be one of the first to say, that sentence makes me breath a sigh of relief. I want to get that tattoo somewhere on my person. It makes me drop down to my knees in happiness. It makes me feel like we still have a shot at a great coach, and not just one that has proven to only be close to marginal.

So He made it to the Super Bowl and came within a few yards of winning it. He didn’t win it. So he played in two conference championship games. So what he was the coach for the Titans and the Music City Miracle. It’s great that he coach for one team for 17 years and was the face of a franchise. Thats really nice.

Jeff Fisher has always been close to great but never that.

These accomplishments were great. You can’t take them away from Fisher. But, in this new era of management, micro management and “what have you done for me lately” owner management, coaches are judged on a year to year basis. So when you take a look at Fishers OTHER numbers, it would be easy to fathom he may not have lastest long in Tennessee over the first 5 seasons.  Over his first 5 seasons Fisher had a home .421 winning percentage, even with a top ten defense and rushing attack. Sounds familiar, eh Dolphins fans?

Year six was awesome. The Super Bowl. The Music City Miracle. A really magical run. Then McNair got brittle. Eddie George went kaput and the team just couldn’t seem to win games that they should. One might say that player personnel is a GM’s job but the final word in Tennessee came from Fisher.

Over a 17 year tenure with the Tennessee Titans, Fisher only had 6 seasons over a .500 % winning percentage. And thusly, only six playoff appearances. That is 11 seasons at 8-8 or worse, 6 of which were losing seasons.  Of his 6 winning seasons. Only 3 garnered division titles, and not one of those division winning teams won a playoff game. Not one.

A Healthy McNair and George made Fisher's life alot easier.

It might be easy to say, oh well the defense must have stunk or the offense must have stunk or injuries affect the team or this or that. Not so. Every year of Jeff Fisher’s tenure either the Passing Offense or rushing offense was top ten. Eight seasons, McNair was the top passer and eight season George was the teams top rusher. Those seasons by the two future hall of famers ran concurrently with one another. Result 4 losing seasons, 4 winning seasons.  And once those two were gone from their prime, the wheels came off.  Over the three year span that saw McNair and George regress the team was 17-31.

Some might say Im nitpicking or that my personal affection for Bill Cowher precedes me. But I’m just saying, if I’m gonna throw $7 million a year at a head coach, and make him the second highest paid coach in NFL history behind Bill Belichick at $7.5 million, his name better be Marty Schottenheimer, Bill Cowher, Brian Billick or be etched one or two times on a Lombardi Trophy, not be a coach that was always good but never good enough.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • phishead

    CORRECTION: He came within 1 yard of tieing the game, NOT WINNING IT!

    • http://harwoodandfields.blogspot.com fllfields

      Thank you phishead. I gave him too much credit on that one. Haha.

  • ChrisLeeuw

    So do you think we are better off with McCoy…or Sparano’s DB coach?

    • http://harwoodandfields.blogspot.com fllfields

      Neither. I know he’s not getting much love for his job but Jeff Ireland is actually pretty good at keeping the Dolphins roster on the right side of the talent meter. We need a coach that is great at getting the most out of those players. Maybe San Fran’s Defensive Coach? Vic Fangio made San Fran’s D relavent and was the guy calling the shots for the Ravens 06-09. Jay Gruden? Or maybe Marty Schontenheimmer. He’s a dick but he wins with less. Outside of the obvious (Bilick, Cowher, Gruden) their is stil plenty of talent. Ireland and Ross need to do their homework and find the guys that motivate, teach and most importantly win.

  • Lespaul

    I do feel for the guy having had an ogre as an owner in Bud Adams….suffering all those years with that schmuck and he still has a full head of hair???

    • http://harwoodandfields.blogspot.com fllfields

      I gotta admit, the guy’s hair is South Beach worthy.

  • memoryproblems

    Sounds as if somebody is mad.

    Jeff Fisher might not have had the greatest career in Tennessee, although he worked for a tight-wad owner who preferred to let talent walk out the door then pay them. The Dolphins have had a chance at a great coach repeatedly over the decade, but to date they haven’t landed one. I doubt that is going to change anytime soon.

    But I really loved how you manipulated your numbers, like including Jeff Fisher’s first year, where he coached just six games after his predecessor was fired as a losing season, or including the 8-8 seasons with the losing seasons. Alot of people would say that 5 losing seasons out of 16 full seasons is pretty decent. I’d think a Dolphin’s fan would kill for that after the past decade.

    But of course, Dolphins fans are upset, and that biases them, by the odds are overwhelming that the coach that the Rams have hired this year will be better then the coach the Dolphins will hire this year. Overwhelming, if you need proof, look at history.

    • http://harwoodandfields.blogspot.com fllfields

      Hey memory problems. Thanks for the love. My experience with Jeff Fisher is a little more advanced than most Dolphin fans considering that I grew up in the Pittsburgh are and the 7 years that the Steelers and the Titans matched up twice a year. I will tell you this. Fisher is a competitor, he does well with what he has gotten in the past player wise and is great with his players, with the media and in the eyes of his fans. With that said, I know a thing or two about small markets and tight pockets in the Pittsburgh area. As it pertains to football, the excuse that an owners inability to pay for players is not the best excuse in the NFL, the easiest sport of the top four to draft for. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what it takes out of players to play competent and competitive football. And Fisher did well at it, evident to his defenses ranking in the top ten half the time he was in Tennessee. To standards outside of cities like Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Chicago, well hot damn thats pretty good. But when you have coaches available like Brian Bilick and Bil Cowher, who, save for 3 seasons from Bilick in 9 years and 3 out 15 for Bill Cowher, these two coaches, still on the market, who are actually worth Belichick money, know how to do more than just make a high turnover roster competitive. They know how to win with it and win with it consistently. Take a look at the staggering amount of players let go due to potential salary issues and how both teams really made the most out of their draft picks and you will see what 7 million dollars a year is truly worth.