The first time I met Jeff Fisher he was a freshman wide receiver at USC and he played on the scout team that we would tee off on during practice. He later was moved to defensive back and was a punt returner for the Trojans.
The next time I saw Fisher was when Buddy Ryan became my coach and Fisher became the secondary coach during the time I was playing for the Eagles. Jeff was a defensive back and return man for the Bears then and he got hurt and put on IR, so he stayed there as an assistant to Buddy, so Buddy brought him to Philadelphia with him when he was hired to coach the Eagles.
Jeff eventually became the defensive coordinator for the Eagles, as he became more comfortable with Ryan’s system. When Norman Braman fired Buddy, he decided to make Rick Kotite the head coach, so Jeff left and got him a coordinator’s job some where else.
Fisher was a smart football player because he had to be. He wasn’t very fast or big, but he would battle. I remember the type of beating he took as a freshmen on those scout teams at USC. We had “killers” on defense like Ronnie Lott, Clay Matthews, Dennis Smith, David Lewis, Rod Martin, Chip Banks, Riki Ellison, Dennis Thurman along with many others, but Fisher took a beating from all of us without crying. He earned our respect.
Fisher, who has been the head coach of the Tennessee Titans since 1994 will be leaving the Titans in the near future. We had thought quarterback Vince Young was going to be traded and Fisher was going to be kept in place for a few more years, but now it looks like Young may stay and Fisher will go.
Dan Banks of Sports Illustrated just made the report on NFL Network. Banks says Fisher was disappointed in losing defensive line coach Jim Washburn to the Eagles. He was also bothered by having to fire his good friend Chuck Cecil as the team’s defensive coordinator.
This is amazing that it would happen now because whomever they decide to hire will have to put together a staff. It’s kind of late to put together a staff and that’s why Andy Reid is facing critcism.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid is now the longest-tenured head coach in the National Football League. What do Reid and Fisher have in common? They weren’t able to win the one Super Bowl which they took their teams to.
Fisher isn’t going to come here and be the team’s defensive coordinator. He would be taking a drastic decline in pay and he’s going to be paid by Bud Adams for the next few years any way.
Adams is going to have to give Fisher millions to leave, he’s got one year left on his contract.
It also means Eagles new defensive line coach Jim Washburn sensed that something was right in the water and decided to get out of Dodge. His Mamma didn’t raise NO FOOL”!!!