Jeff Fisher

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Jeff Fisher
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Fisher in July 2009.
Personal information
Date of birth(1958-02-25) February 25, 1958 (age 54)
Place of birthCulver City, California
Career information
Position(s)Head Coach
Cornerback
CollegeUSC
NFL Draft1981 / Round 7 / Pick 177
Head coaching record
Career record144-122-0 (Regular season)
5-6 (Postseason)
149-128-0 (Overall)
Championships won1999 AFC Championship
Stats
Playing statsNFL.com
Playing statsDatabaseFootball
Coaching statsPro Football Reference
Coaching statsDatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1981-1985Chicago Bears
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1985

1986-1987

1988-1990

1991

1992-1993

1994

1994-2010

2012-present
Chicago Bears
(defensive assistant)
Philadelphia Eagles
(defensive backs coach)
Philadelphia Eagles
(defensive coordinator)
Los Angeles Rams
(defensive coordinator)
San Francisco 49ers
(defensive backs coach)
Houston Oilers
(defensive coordinator)
Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans
(head coach)
St. Louis Rams
(head coach)
 
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Jeff Fisher
Jeff Fisher Coaches Tour MND-B Iraq July 4, 2009.jpg
Fisher in July 2009.
Personal information
Date of birth(1958-02-25) February 25, 1958 (age 54)
Place of birthCulver City, California
Career information
Position(s)Head Coach
Cornerback
CollegeUSC
NFL Draft1981 / Round 7 / Pick 177
Head coaching record
Career record144-122-0 (Regular season)
5-6 (Postseason)
149-128-0 (Overall)
Championships won1999 AFC Championship
Stats
Playing statsNFL.com
Playing statsDatabaseFootball
Coaching statsPro Football Reference
Coaching statsDatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1981-1985Chicago Bears
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1985

1986-1987

1988-1990

1991

1992-1993

1994

1994-2010

2012-present
Chicago Bears
(defensive assistant)
Philadelphia Eagles
(defensive backs coach)
Philadelphia Eagles
(defensive coordinator)
Los Angeles Rams
(defensive coordinator)
San Francisco 49ers
(defensive backs coach)
Houston Oilers
(defensive coordinator)
Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans
(head coach)
St. Louis Rams
(head coach)

Jeffrey Michael "Jeff" Fisher (born February 25, 1958) is currently the head coach of the St. Louis Rams and was previously the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, and has a career record of 150-128 as a head coach.

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Early life

A native of Southern California, Fisher starred as a high school All-America wide receiver at Taft High School in Woodland Hills.

Playing career

Fisher later went on to star at USC, under coach John Robinson. During his collegiate career (1977–80), he played alongside such defensive stars as Ronnie Lott, Dennis Smith, and Joey Browner. Fisher's USC teammates also included star offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, whom he would coach years later with the Oilers and Titans. Fisher and the Trojans won a national championship during the 1978 season, and in 1980 he was honored as a Pac-10 All-Academic selection.

Fisher was drafted in the 7th round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He appeared in 49 games as a defensive back and return specialist in his five seasons with the Bears.

He earned a Super Bowl ring after Chicago’s 1985 Super Bowl season, despite spending the year on injured reserve with an ankle injury that prematurely ended his playing career. In 1983, Fisher had suffered a broken leg on a punt return[1] when he was tackled by then-Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Bill Cowher, the future head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coincidentally the two became rivals as head coaches beginning in the AFC Central in 1995; Fisher's Oilers/Titans squads came out with an 11-7 record against Cowher's Steelers.

Early coaching career

During 1985, Fisher used his time on the Bears' injured reserve to assist defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan. After the Bears won the Super Bowl that season, Ryan was hired as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Fisher joined as a defensive backs coach. In 1988, Fisher was promoted to defensive coordinator at age 30, the youngest such coach in the league. The 1989 Eagles defense led the NFL in interceptions (30) and sacks (62). The 1990 squad led the league in rushing defense and finished second in sacks.

In 1991, Fisher was hired as defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams, which reunited him with his college coach John Robinson. The next two seasons, he served as the defensive backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers. These years as an assistant to George Seifert placed Fisher in the Bill Walsh coaching tree. On February 9, 1994, Fisher again became a defensive coordinator, this time for the Houston Oilers under Jack Pardee. Fisher had succeeded Ryan, who left the post to become the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Head Coach

Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans

Fisher on the sidelines during a November 2008 game.

On November 14, 1994, Pardee was fired, and Fisher was promoted to replace him for the last six games of the season. The Oilers retained Fisher as head coach, and the Oilers drafted quarterback Steve McNair in the 1995 NFL Draft. The new coach did not disappoint, leading the team to a 7–9 record in 1995, tied for second place in the division. The following year the Oilers added Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, and they achieved an 8–8 record. However, an inability to get a new stadium deal in Houston caused owner Bud Adams to relocate the team to Tennessee for the 1997 season.

In the team's first two seasons in Tennessee the Oilers compiled a record of 16-16. In 1998, the team's home games moved from Memphis to Nashville.

In the 1999 season, which saw the renaming of the team to the Tennessee Titans, the Titans finished with a 13–3 regular season record, going all the way to Super Bowl XXXIV, in part due to the Music City Miracle. There the team fell to the St. Louis Rams, 23–16; wideout Kevin Dyson was tackled one yard short of the end zone with no time remaining, in what became known as "The Tackle". Tennessee achieved the same record the next year, but were defeated in the AFC playoffs by the Baltimore Ravens who would go on to win Super Bowl XXXV.

The 2001 season was a disappointing one for the Titans, as they could only muster a 7–9 showing. The beginning of the next season proved to be even worse, with the franchise starting off with a 1–4 record. Following one home loss, owner Bud Adams made the comment to reporters that perhaps the Titans "were getting outcoached." This provided a spark the team needed, and they finished the season with a 11–5 record and made it to the AFC Championship Game.

The 2003 season saw more success, with yet another trip to the playoffs and McNair winning the League MVP award. Again, they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, but the team's progress did not go unnoticed. The 2004 season, however, was plagued by injuries from the start, and Fisher's worst record as head coach (4–12) was the result. Following the season, many veteran players (such as Samari Rolle and Derrick Mason) were cut in an effort to comply with the strict salary cap. The relative youth of the team resulted in a disappointing 2005 season as well. Before the 2005 season, Fisher hired Norm Chow out of USC to be his offensive coordinator.

In 2006, the Titans finished a better-than-expected 8–8. Quarterback Steve McNair was traded to the Baltimore Ravens and Vince Young was drafted, but began the season as backup to Billy Volek and Kerry Collins. The season began slowly at 0-3 before Volek was replaced by Kerry Collins and, later, Young. The team ultimately started 2-7, but following a 27-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and McNair, the Titans erupted to win six straight games under Young, including a 24-point rally to beat the Giants. With this promising record the Titans exercised their right to extend his contract by a year, keeping him as the head coach through the 2007 NFL season season.

Fisher coaching against the Houston Texans in 2010.

In 2007, he led the Titans to a 10-6 record and made the AFC playoffs as the 6th seed, but lost in the opening round to the San Diego Chargers.

In 2008, Fisher led the Titans to a 10-0 undefeated streak only to be upset by Brett Favre and the New York Jets midway through the 2008 season. The Titans finished 13-3 and secured the number 1 seed in the AFC, yet lost in the second round of the 2008 NFL Playoffs to the Baltimore Ravens.

In 2009 the Titans lost in overtime to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season's opening game. The loss began a six-game slide that reached its nadir in a 59-0 slaughter by the New England Patriots. Collins, at the public recommendation of Titans owner Bud Adams, was benched and replaced by Young; the Titans responded by winning eight of their next ten games, highlighted by a dramatic comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals, a season-ending comeback against the Seattle Seahawks, and a hard-fought overtime win over the Miami Dolphins. Highlighting this season was the play of running back Chris Johnson; in his second year of professional football (he'd been drafted 24th in the 2008 NFL Draft) Johnson broke Marshall Faulk's record of total yards from scrimmage with 2,509, becoming the sixth back in NFL history to rush over 2000 yards.

On January 27, 2011, it was formally announced that Fisher and the Titans had mutually-agreed to part ways following a buy-out of one remaining season on Fisher's contract.[2] At more than 16 full seasons, Fisher had been the longest-tenured NFL head coach with one team among active head coaches.[3][4]

Jeff Fisher coached teams have been referred to as aggressive, edgy, chippy and dirty. [5][6]

St. Louis Rams

After a season off in 2011, Fisher agreed to become the head coach of the St. Louis Rams for the 2012 season. Coincidentally, Fisher's Titans lost to the Rams back in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Head coaching record

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
HOU1994150.1674th in AFC Central----
HOU1995790.4383rd in AFC Central----
HOU1996880.5004th in AFC Central----
TEN1997880.5003rd in AFC Central----
TEN1998880.5002nd in AFC Central----
TEN19991330.8132nd in AFC Central31.750Lost to St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV.
TEN20001330.8131st in AFC Central01.000Lost to Baltimore Ravens in AFC Divisional Game.
TEN2001790.4384th in AFC Central----
TEN20021150.6881st in AFC South11.500Lost to Oakland Raiders in AFC Championship Game.
TEN20031240.7502nd in AFC South11.500Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Divisional Game.
TEN20045110.3133rd in AFC South----
TEN20054120.2503rd in AFC South----
TEN2006880.5002nd in AFC South----
TEN20071060.6253rd in AFC South01.000Lost to San Diego Chargers in AFC Wild-Card Game.
TEN20081330.8131st in AFC South01.000Lost to Baltimore Ravens in AFC Divisional Game.
TEN2009880.5003rd in AFC South----
TEN20106100.3754th in AFC South----
TEN Total1421200.54256.455
STL2012320.6003rd in NFC West----
STL Total320.60000.000
Total[7]1451220.54356.455

Competition committee

Fisher is Co-Chair of the NFL competition committee along with Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay.

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Jeff Fisher has served:

Assistant coaches under Jeff Fisher who have become NFL head coaches:

Personal

Fisher has three children.[8] One son, Brandon, played linebacker for the University of Montana. In May of 2011, the Detroit Lions added Brandon as an assistant to the Lion's defensive coaching staff.[9] Another son, Trent, is currently a defensive back for Auburn University.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wade Phillips
Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Bud Carson
Preceded by
Fritz Shurmur
Los Angeles Rams Defensive Coordinator
1991
Succeeded by
George Dyer
Preceded by
Buddy Ryan
Houston Oilers Defensive Coordinator
1994
Succeeded by
Steve Sidwell
Preceded by
Jack Pardee
Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans Head Coach
1994-2011
Succeeded by
Mike Munchak
Preceded by
Dan Reeves
Super Bowl Losing Head Coaches
Super Bowl XXXIV, 2000
Succeeded by
Jim Fassel