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    Fisher’s attempt at humor could backfire

    By Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports
    4 hours, 32 minutes ago

    It’s rare that an accomplished NFL head coach does something so off the wall that you have to question whether he’s actually daring his owner to fire him. And it’s almost unthinkable that coach would be the Tennessee Titans’ Jeff Fisher.

    Then came Tuesday, when Fisher donned a Peyton Manning jersey before a crowded audience and illustrated that his timing, like his record this season, is far from perfect.

    The moment happened during a charity event for Rocketown, a Nashville area non-profit. While doing his setup for keynote speaker and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, Fisher stripped off his jacket and tie, then pulled away his dress shirt to reveal Manning’s No. 18 Colts jersey. He then punctuated the attire by taking a little poke at himself and the Titans’ 0-6 record, quipping: “I just wanted to feel like a winner.” In video taken at the event, the crowd laughs before a few spectators give an “Ohhhh” when Fisher drops his “feel like a winner” line.

    As in, “Ohhhh, I can’t believe he just said that.”

    Not since Mike Ditka’s dreadlocked wig has a coach’s attempt at humor had such lasting potential to backfire. Ditka, with the New Orleans Saints at the time, mugged in his dreads after trading his entire selection of picks for the right to select Ricky Williams No. 5 overall in the 1999 NFL draft. And 10 years later, that image is still synonymous with the beginning of Ditka’s end in New Orleans. Only time will tell if Fisher rocking the jersey of a division rival has the same wincing effect in 10 years that it will surely elicit in Titans fans this week.

    I don’t want to be the heavy here. I get the joke. I understand that it was a little gallows humor by a respected 15-year head coach who was just trying to lighten an otherwise crushing season. But of all the weeks and all the gags, why Fisher decided to pull it now is beyond me. His team is 0-6 and spiraling. It just endured an embarrassing 59-0 blitzkrieg at the hands of the New England Patriots. The quarterback position is a smoldering heap. Certainly the last thing any Tennessee fan (or season ticketholder) wants to see right now is Fisher wearing the jersey of a hated rival – let alone a quarterback playing out of his mind for a team that is off to the kind of start we anticipated from the Titans.

    It will be defended in some quarters as no big deal, that it was just a throwaway joke in an abysmal year. And I don’t honestly believe that Fisher is trying to draw the ire of the fan base or owner Bud Adams. But think of the other long-tenured coaches in the NFL. Can you imagine Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid in an Eli Manning jersey? Knowing Eagles fans, he might not make it to work the next day.

    And honestly, it’s getting harder for me to believe that Fisher isn’t moving toward shaky ground in Tennessee. If Mike Shanahan – who delivered two Super Bowl wins for the Denver Broncos – can be fired after 14 years with that franchise, I certainly don’t think Fisher falls into the untouchable class.

    It’s not as if his moves are all beyond doubt. Regardless of what you think of Vince Young, the move to Kerry Collins was ultimately Fisher’s choice. If he gets credit for Collins and the Titans’ success in 2008, then he also shoulders ultimate responsibility for the failures of ’09. And even with the wide swath of injuries in the secondary, this team is too good to lose any game 59-0 – and it very well could have reached 80-0 if New England had no conscience whatsoever.

    I still don’t understand Fisher’s decision with defensive end Jevon Kearse, who packed up and went home when he found out he was a healthy scratch before the team’s Week 5 game against Indianapolis. Fisher declined to fine Kearse, whose departure upon finding out his inactive status is far from typical behavior. On some teams, it wouldn’t be tolerated. One AFC executive, who has been in the league for more than 20 years and worked for several teams, told Yahoo! Sports that he’s never seen a player go unpunished for leaving the stadium after being designated a healthy game-day scratch.

    But Fisher insisted Kearse is “a good teammate, he’s had a great career and he’s still got a lot left.” So he gave him the benefit of the doubt for making a poor decision. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal, except that it will inevitably resonate in the minds of Kearse’s teammates that some Titans are put into a different class than others. And those divisions undermine a locker room. Just ask Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley about the mess he and general manager Scott Pioli are cleaning up in Kansas City. Issues with the “star system” and “favorites” ran rampant in that franchise, and it could take years of roster-churning to cleanse the attitudes it fostered.

    Make no mistake: Fisher is in the midst of a mess. Whether it’s the quarterback issue, injuries or the collapse against New England, the Titans suddenly have significant long-term concerns. And Fisher can either work toward solving those concerns or make himself one of them. On Tuesday, he did the latter.

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    Re: Fisher's Attempt At Humor Could Backfire

    I know Cowboys fans are salivating at the mere thought Fisher gets fired. They have been on talk radio all day hoping and praying he gets fired so JJ could hire him.


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    • TNT
      The case against Jeff Fisher
      by TNT
      Hi peeps, Titans fan here.

      I thought I’d come to a Rams board and read the perception going for Fisher. I must say, and I mean no disrespect, but I see the same old myths being posted here that the bulk of non Titans fans seem to believe when it comes to Fisher, so I thought I’d offer a different perspective.

      Myth #1 – Fisher is hard nosed, and makes a disciplined team

      Since leaving the Titans, various media outlets that cover the Titans have noted how the culture has changed for the better under Mike Munchak. In general, Fisher actually ran a very loose ship. At some point he may have been “hard nosed”, but not really any time recently.

      One of the first impressions a Titans beat writer had of training camp under Munchak instead of Fisher described the camp under Fisher used to run as having a “country club atmosphere”.

      As far as discipline goes, in 2010 the Titans ranked 30th in penalties. In 09, 20th. In 08, 31st. In 07, 23rd. How he gets the tag of being a disciplined coach is a head scratcher.

      Myth #2 – Under Fisher, the Titans always had a tough D

      The Titans D under Fisher hardly changed scheme or approach at all throughout his entire tenure. And this scheme was always extremely vanilla. All he really did was rely on his front 4 to get pressure. When the Titans had an elite player there, like Kearse and Haynesworth, the defense did well. When these guys got hurt, all of a sudden the defense struggled big time – and I mean down to down, not season to season. Haynesworth would come out at times in 2007 and 2008 and all of a sudden the Titans D would look horrible. This was because the Titans D had no scheme or coach level answers for a drop in player talent. Injuries effect even the best teams, but a good sign that coaching and scheming is lacking is when injuries seem to make much bigger impacts than some, and on the Titans, it made massive impacts.

      In his last 10 seasons, the Titans defense ranked in the top 10 three times. I’m not sure how that compares to other defensive experts at HC, but I’m guessing not overly well.

      Fisher always struggled bringing in coordinator talent. Greg Williams was his best, but the list is bleak after that. Schwartz was always pegged as better HC material than DC by Titans fans and his D again relied heavily on the raw talent in the front 4. It was poor until Haynesworth exploded in his contract years (07 and 08). Fisher’s latest DC was Chuck Cecil, who the Titans players heavily criticized afterwards and was just plain awful at DC. Oh, and Fisher tried to extend him and in fact did behind upper management’s back shortly before he left the Titans, which fans believe was a factor in Fisher’s leaving. Nice little tidbit I bet not many here knew. If you guys get Fisher, don't be surprised if Chuck Cecil is part of the package in some capacity.

      Under Fisher,...
      -01-10-2012, 06:44 PM
    • r8rh8rmike
      Fisher, Titals Part Ways After More Than 16 Seasons
      Rams Nation MVP
      by r8rh8rmike
      Fisher, Titans part ways after more than 16 seasons Wire Reports
      Jan. 27, 2011

      In a surprising move, the Tennessee Titans have parted ways with Jeff Fisher, who just completed his 16th full season as the NFL's longest-tenured coach.

      The team said in a release Thursday night that "Fisher will no longer be the head coach of the team." The Titans announced the move within an hour of a report by that they were negotiating Fisher's departure.

      Though Fisher, 52, had been derided locally as "Coach .500" or "Coacho Ocho," he seemingly had just survived a battle with quarterback Vince Young. Adams decided to either release Young or trade him on Jan. 5. The owner announced two days later that he would be keeping Fisher.

      Fisher and Young never really jelled in five seasons together after the Titans drafted the former Texas standout with the third overall pick in 2006 under orders from Adams. The relationship frayed even as Fisher publicly defended Young until Nov. 21 when the situation exploded.

      Young tossed his shoulder pads and other equipment into the stands and later had a lockeroom confrontation with Fisher after an overtime loss in which the quarterback suffered a season-ending injury.

      Running back Chris Johnson said Wednesday while practicing in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl he didn't think Fisher or Young could work together after "it hit the fan."

      Johnson, like most everyone else, was cuaght off guard by Thursday's news. "It was a situation where I thought it was going to be one or the other -- Vince Young or coach Fisher -- with at the end of the day both being out the door," Johnson told NFL Network. "So it's a crazy situation, something I really didn't expect to happen."

      In the end, neither Fisher nor Young survived with the Titans.

      Even though Adams announced he was sticking with Fisher for the final year of his contract the move meant Fisher would be coaching for his future in 2011. Fisher has repeatedly said he wanted to finish his career with the franchise, but the coach known for never losing his cool in public while hiding behind his sunglasses may have decided Adams' decision wasn't good enough.

      A team spokesman did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press. Fisher did not answer a message left on his cell, and his agent also did not respond to messages from the AP.

      More details could come out Friday when the team is expected to hold a news conference to discuss the first coaching change since the franchise relocated to Tennessee from Houston in 1997. One of the leading candidates to replace Fisher is Mike Munchak, the Titans offensive line coach. The Hall of Famer is a favorite of Adams.

      League sources told NFL Network insider Jason La canfora that...
      -01-27-2011, 07:18 PM
    • MauiRam
      With season spiraling out of control, Fisher remains a rock of stability
      Rams Nation MVP
      by MauiRam
      By Austin Murphy
      (from SI 10/07/14)

      Did any team in the league get off to a worse start this year than the Rams? When franchise quarterback Sam Bradford was felled in August by a Groundhog Day injury -- poor guy tore his left ACL for the second time in 10 months -- his job went to Shaun Hill, a jowly, 34-year-old journeyman who’d thrown just 16 passes in the NFL since 2010. But Hill strained a quadriceps in the first half of St. Louis’ opener against the Vikings, giving way to third-stringer Austin Davis, a former collegiate walk-on and Dolphins practice-squad player who’d been working one year earlier as a volunteer high school football coach. Final score: 38-10, Vikings.

      What tone did coach Jeff Fisher take with his players in the wake of that debacle? Were there harsh words? Was there shaming?

      Please. This is Fisher, who is to head coaches what Drake, the wholesome Canadian hip-hop artist, is to rappers: considerate, progressive, averse to the profane rants to which many of his peers are partial.

      “You point out exactly what happened, then you move on,” says Fisher. “Players don’t make mistakes on purpose. After a tough Sunday, you still want them to look forward to coming to work on Monday.”

      We know the NFL is a cold business. One of the reasons Fisher’s players love strapping it on for him is that he tries, possibly harder than anyone in the league, to warm it up a little.

      Not that optimism and a nurturing environment make much of a difference when you’re down to your third-string quarterback. Right? Surely the Rams’ Week 2 opponent, the Buccaneers, would make life miserable for Davis, who walked on at Southern Miss, incidentally, where he became a four-year starter and broke all of Brett Favre’s passing records. Turns out that, despite his scant NFL credentials, Davis has a few things going for him, as Tampa Bay discovered. In his first start since throwing a pair of TDs in the Golden Eagles’ 31-28 loss to Louisville in the 2010 Beef O’Brady’s Bowl, Davis was almost shockingly poised and in control, making checks at the line of scrimmage, working deep into his progressions. He completed 23-of-29 passes for 235 yards, to eight receivers, and was never more collected than in the final minutes, when he zipped completions of nine, 13, 15 and 25 yards to get kicker Greg Zuerlein into field goal range. Legatron’s 38-yarder with 42 seconds left gave the Rams their first win of the season.

      The fiery and unflappable Davis has emerged as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise painful season. So poised and promising was the 25-year-old in the Rams’ otherwise brutal, come-from-ahead loss to Dallas in Week 4 -- St. Louis led 21-0, before dropping a 34-31 stunner -- that Fisher declared him the regular starter going into last Sunday’s game in Philly.

      With the Eagles teeing off on the greenhorn quarterback early and often, the...
      -10-07-2014, 07:58 PM
    • Rambos
      Spin is on as Rams, Dolphins eye Jeff Fisher
      Registered User
      by Rambos
      Bernie Miklasz / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

      ST, LOUIS — It’s been fun to sit back the last couple of days and watch the pursuit of coaching candidate Jeff Fisher. Virtually every NFL pundit between New York and California has installed the Rams as favorites to land Fisher.

      Team Fisher surely is aware of this.

      Wednesday we were treated to some new twists, seemingly designed to create leverage for Fisher. A story on Yahoo Sports, written by Fisher confidante Mike Silver, tried to reset the odds. It was reported that the Miami Dolphins [team stats] have the "upper hand" in the competition for Fisher.

      The story even included a line about how Fisher wasn’t necessarily sold on the Rams’ Sam Bradford as a franchise quarterback. This dollop of speculation undoubtedly elevated the Bradford haters into a full state of arousal.

      Yahoo Sports helpfully disclosed that Fisher left Miami with a positive impression after his formal interview with Dolphins executives.

      Another story, in the Miami Herald, stressed that Dolphins owner Steve Ross was so determined to secure Fisher, he’d top any financial offer made to the coach.

      A year ago the same headlines were written to describe the Dolphins’ aggressive pitch to Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. But he picked the San Francisco ***** over the Dolphins.

      An obvious message is being delivered to Rams owner Stan Kroenke: take nothing for granted. If you want Fisher, be prepared to go all in.

      Fisher would be a good choice for the Rams. Kroenke prefers a confident and experienced coach, much like he has in two of his personal favorites: George Karl and Arsene Wenger. Karl is the coach of Kroenke’s NBA Denver Nuggets. Wenger is the acclaimed manager of Kroenke’s Arsenal soccer club in the English Premier League.

      Fisher is a proven leader. Some are busy nitpicking his overall record (142-120) with the Tennessee Titans [team stats]. I find that hilarious given that the Rams have had four winning seasons since 1990, and are 15-65 since 2007. And Fisher isn’t worthy of the Rams’ job? Please.

      "It would be a major coup for the Rams to land Jeff Fisher," said Dan Dierdorf, the Pro Football Hall of Famer, who has extensive experience in covering Fisher through his work as an analyst for AFC games on CBS. "As down as the Rams’ franchise has been, getting Jeff Fisher would make it clear that the Rams are serious about winning."

      We need to look under the surface numbers to see the quality of Fisher’s work.

      No. 1, Fisher worked for one of the league’s worst (and cheapest) owners in Bud Adams. Ol’ Bud didn’t hesitate to meddle, forcing the Titans to draft quarterback Vince Young over Fisher’s objections.

      No. 2, in his first four full seasons as the coach of the Oilers-Titans, Fisher’s teams played "home...
      -01-05-2012, 08:01 AM
    • Rambos
      Why I want Fisher as our HC
      Registered User
      by Rambos
      Why Fisher, let me start by saying I still want Mike here, but it looks like it’s a done deal. So why Fisher, defensive coach, younger coach with 11 year as a head coach don’t ,want a college coach that does not have a clue about the NFL.

      Some numbers on Fisher from his BIO

      98 victories and has amassed more regular season wins than any AFC head coach over the last six seasons with 61. He ranks third overall in the NFL behind Tony Dungy (64 wins, 30 in the NFC) and Andy Reid (63 wins). Fisher led the Titans to four playoff appearances (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003), two Division titles (2000 & 2002), two AFC Championship Games (1999, 2002) and one Super Bowl berth (XXXIV). (61 regular season wins and 5 postseason wins). Last year, he became the fourth youngest coach (46) to win 90 regular season games since 1960. Only John Madden (41), Don Shula (41), and Bill Cowher (44) were faster to 90 wins.

      Former player…

      A former defensive back in college at the University of Southern California, Fisher played for Robinson in a star-studded defensive backfield that included future NFL stars Ronnie Lott, Dennis Smith and Joey Browner. Former Titans offensive lineman Bruce Matthews also was one of Fisher’s USC teammates. Fisher’s career statistics included five interceptions and 108 tackles. The versatile Fisher also served as the Trojans’ backup kicker and earned PAC-10 All-Academic honors in 1980

      Hallmarks of a Fisher-led team include stout rushing defense, the ability to possess the ball with a strong running game and poise in the midst of adversity. In nine of the last 10 seasons, the Titans defense has ranked in the top 10 against the run and they are the only team in the NFL that can boast such a streak. In 2003, the Titans finished first in the NFL in rushing defense for only the second time in franchise history (1993).

      In 1991, Fisher headed west to be reunited with his college coach John Robinson, serving as the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator. “Come home Fisher”.

      He is a University of Southern California, guy! Shaw lives here…maybe he can reach this idiot.

      He young with a ton of experience, I think you have to be young to relate to theses players today. I think he can get the Max out of SJ and build a D that can PLAY.
      -12-12-2005, 11:18 AM