Four more years for Jeff Fisher

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The Titans have reportedly agreed to a four-year extension with coach Jeff Fisher. An official announcement is expected later today.
Fisher is working this year under an option which was exercised by owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. The extension will keep Fisher under contract through the 2011 season.
I’m glad to see Adams finally agree to Fisher’s demands, whatever they may have been. It probably wasn’t a monetary issue, since his new contract will reportedly pay him only $5.5 to 6 million per year, a little low compared to Mike Holmgren’s $8M.
I’m sure the contract gives Fisher more control over various team issues, although I’d only be speculating on what those issues might be. In a previous contract negotiation, Fisher was given hiring and firing control over his assistant coaches, something previously controlled by former GM Floyd Reese.
Fisher held all the cards in this protracted contract negotiation. He could have walked at the end of the season and been able to write his own ticket with the team of his choice next year. It’s good to know Fisher will be back for four more years.
Named the Houston Oilers’ interim head coach when Jack Pardee was fired during the 2-14 1994 season, Fisher became the head coach in 1995. His 13 consecutive years as head coach of the same franchise is tops among NFL coaches.
Fisher’s coaching career began with the 1985 Chicago Bears championship team. It was Fisher’s final year as a player and when he was lost for the season with a broken ankle, he became a sort of unofficial coach, assisting Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan with the secondary.
When Ryan became the Eagles head coach the following year, he persuaded Fisher to retire as a player and join him as the secondary coach. Fisher went on to become Ryan’s defensive coordinator before going to the Los Angeles Rams to work for his college coach, John Robinson. When Robinson and the entire staff were fired, Fisher joined the 49ers. He joined the Oilers in 1994 and was promoted to interim head coach later that year.

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4 Responses to “Four more years for Jeff Fisher”

  1. Andrew Says:

    If Bud Adams would have waited one more day, I could have saved him over $20 million. He could have let Fisher walk and replaced him with a guy I’m sure would have been perfect for the job and would have been a lot cheaper.
    The guy was sitting behind me at the game yesterday and had an opinion or two on every play. Never mind small details like getting the players’ names wrong half the time – he sure knew his football. At least he thought so and he let everyone around him know it. And with his strong vocal cords, the players wouldn’t have any problems hearing him. Neither would the officials on the field.
    I wonder how much Bud would have paid me for a finder’s fee.

  2. Dan Says:

    He is defiantly a top 5 coach in the NFL and does more with less than anyone in the NFL. I think this is a definate plus for the titans as this young team matures and makes a super bowl run within these next four years, hopefully!

  3. Garo Dykstra Says:

    LOL at Andrews comment. That is no doubt the best piece of writing ever written on this column. 🙂 Great stuff. Those people amaze me. I wonder which loyal reader that was behind you? 🙂
    I woke up this morning knowing I had to go to work and couldnt enjoy a “victory Monday” but reading the news of Fisher’s contract made my day worthwhile. People truly wont know how good of a coach he is until he’s gone, which thankfully, wont be a for a long time. I was just wishing it would be more years but knowing he’s here for the next 4 is great news indeed.

  4. steve Says:

    Its about time!!!!!!!

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