Jeff Fisher Interviewed For Open Head Coaching Position

Posted Jan 3, 2012

Apparently one year away from football was enough for former Tennessee Titans head football coach Jeff Fisher.

The Miami Dolphins completed an interview with Fisher today for their vacant head coaching and he is the latest candidate to replace Tony Sparano, who was fired on December 12, 2011. Interim Head Coach Todd Bowles was the first to interview on Monday.

During his 17-year stint with the Titans/Houston Oilers from 1994-2010, Fisher compiled a record of 142-120 and took the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV after the 1999 season. They lost 23-16 to the St. Louis Rams, coming within a yard of sending the Super Bowl to overtime for the first time ever.

The teams Fisher coached won at least 12 games four times and he has coached more games for one franchise than just six other coaches in league history. All six coaches are in the Hall of Fame.

After a six-year playing career in the NFL as a defensive back with the Chicago Bears, during which he was a part of the Bears’ Super Bowl XX championship team, Fisher transitioned into coaching. He started as a defensive assistant with the Bears and then was a defensive backs coach with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986-87. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1988 and stayed in that role through 1990.

The Los Angeles Rams hired Fisher as defensive coordinator in 1991 and then the next season he became the defensive backs coach from 1992-93. The following season he became the defensive coordinator for the Houston Oilers and then with six games left in the season he replaced the fired Jack Pardee as head coach. That’s where he stayed until the end of last season.

Fisher also was co-chair of the NFL’s Competition Committee with Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay for a long period of time and stayed as a consultant this year.

The year away from the sidelines gave Fisher a chance to watch his son, Trent, play defensive back for Auburn University. His older son, Brandon, is an assistant for the Detroit Lions.
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