The Fisher/Chow marriage: Doomed from the start


The Jeff Fisher/Norm Chow divorce was finalized this week. As the case with many marriages that end, Fisher decided to give his ex another try by hiring Mike Heimerdinger as the team’s new/old offensive coordinator.
So what went wrong with the Chow/Fisher marriage? How did one of the game’s well-renowned offensive masterminds fail in his attempt to bring his magic to Nashville?

Chow came to Tennessee as one of college’s premier play-callers. Chow’s overpowering offenses played a key role in guiding the USC Trojans to national championships. Quarterbacks such as Matt Leinhart and Carson Palmer were able to flourish in Chow’s schemes while parlaying their respective accomplishments into selections into the first round of the NFL Draft.
Chow was assigned the arduous task of making the proverbial lemonade out of lemons in Tennessee. An aging Steve McNair was Chow’s first starting quarterback. McNair performed solidly, throwing for 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2005 but he was a shell of the quarterback who led his team to numerous playoff appearances during the prime of his career.
Since the departure of McNair, Chow had been in charge of the tutelage of Vince Young, a raw but athletically gifted signal-caller who led his Texas Longhorn team to a national championship victory over Chow’s previous employer, the USC Trojans. Growing pains are usually associated with the development of a young NFL quarterback but apparently, Chow’s dismissal indicates that he was the one to blame for Young’s steps backward during his sophomore campaign.
Playing in Fisher’s ball-control offense, Chow’s offenses were never going to put up impressive stats passing the football. Three yards and a cloud of dust has been the Titans’ offensive mantra for years now, with LenDale White replacing Eddie George as the team’s battering ram at running back.
Chow’s units at USC and at previous stops such as BYU were passing juggernauts that thrived as a result of the consistent usage of the downfield passing attack. Chow’s affinity for the passing game inevitably clashed with Fisher’s passion for the running game, which indicates that this may have been a bad union from the beginning. The USC connection between Chow and Fisher was perhaps the only thing they had in common. Despite his impressive resume, Chow was handcuffed in his ability to put his imprint on a Titan offense that has been as conservative as Rush Limbaugh.
This week’s dismissal of Chow was the final straw in a relationship that was probably doomed from the start. As the case with many marriages that fail, warning signs such as philosophical differences were evident early in the relationship. However, as many couples do, Fisher and Chow attempted to ignore reality by co-existing in spite of their differences.
As a result of the divorce, Chow is left to ponder what might have been in Tennessee. Meanwhile, Fisher is attempting to recapture the magic with an ex who ironically, was the offensive coordinator prior to Chow’s arrival.
Let’s hope that things are better the second time around for Fisher and Dinger.


5 Responses to “The Fisher/Chow marriage: Doomed from the start”

  1. brian Says:

    i have to agree. fisher and chow never seemed like a match made in heaven, but after all the gun slinging that went on in steve’s co-mvp season, i would have hoped fisher would have been more receptive to making the offense more dynamic.
    the one ting that hasn’t really been brought up yet, as we look to bring play makers on to the team, is the decline of the titans’ scouting department. they’ve had quite a few swings and misses over the past five years and while nothing is ever certain our draft results have been poor to terrible.
    i hope dinger can kick some of these guys in the butt and jump start their careers. too bad troupe didn’t have him around to give him an earful. instead he silently fell down the depth chart.
    i really don’t want to see he go.

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  3. wacko jacko in remington Says:

    I can’t argue with your logic in this post, Drexel. It’s a great analogy you made re. marriage. It takes two to make a marriage, and it only takes one to make a divorce. I get that. But the Dinger for a second time around? How soon does that blow up if the Titans get off to a slow start, like 1-3 or 2-5? Who’s left to blame?

  4. Drexel Perry Says:

    That’s a good point that you bring up, Brian, about the draft results. Especially at the wide receiver position, where guys like Courtney Roby and Tyrone Calico failed to pan out. Hopefully, we can see something out of Paul Williams soon or else he will be regarded as a disappointment.
    It’s a shame that the team needs to go out and get some playmakers at WR, despite several draft picks devoted towards the position in the last few drafts.
    The team hasn’t used a first round selection on a WR since Kevin Dyson, so maybe that’s the route the team will take this offseason. Dwayne Bowe is a good example of a guy who was drafted last season in the latter stages of the first round who came in and produced immediately.
    Maybe the Titans can have the same kind of luck this season.

  5. Drexel Perry Says:

    It does appear that Chow was used as a scapegoat for the offense’s struggles last season.
    If Dinger’s unit struggles next season, then we will know that the problem is much deeper than the offensive coordinator, a thought that many already have.
    Since Fisher is comfortable with Dinger, one would assume that Dinger would be allowed more freedom than Chow to put his imprint on the offensive gameplan.
    We shall see how it all plays out.

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