I'd like the make clear that this is not meant to be an exhaustive account of Fisher's career. Once/if he's appointed, then maybe it will be time to write such a post. Instead I want to keep this succinct and short as possible so that i can create debate. Over the past few days, I've been seeing how people harp on about how Jeff Fisher has had only 6 over .500 seasons in 16 years with Tennessee. People have been saying that Fisher isn't as good as he's made out to be. This short post is going to try and silence some of those doubters. There's a strong possibility Fisher could be made the next Dolphins coach, and if he does I'll be delighted. First, let's look at his record.
Head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|HOU||1994||1||5||0||.167||4th in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|HOU||1995||7||9||0||.438||3rd in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|HOU||1996||8||8||0||.500||4th in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|TEN||1997||8||8||0||.500||3rd in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|TEN||1998||8||8||0||.500||2nd in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|TEN||1999||13||3||0||.813||2nd in AFC Central||3||1||.750||Lost to St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV.|
|TEN||2000||13||3||0||.813||1st in AFC Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Baltimore Ravens in AFC Divisional Game.|
|TEN||2001||7||9||0||.438||4th in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|TEN||2002||11||5||0||.688||1st in AFC South||1||1||.500||Lost to Oakland Raiders in AFC Championship Game.|
|TEN||2003||12||4||0||.750||2nd in AFC South||1||1||.500||Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Divisional Game.|
|TEN||2004||5||11||0||.313||3rd in AFC South||-||-||-||-|
|TEN||2005||4||12||0||.250||3rd in AFC South||-||-||-||-|
|TEN||2006||8||8||0||.500||2nd in AFC South||-||-||-||-|
|TEN||2007||10||6||0||.625||3rd in AFC South||0||1||.000||Lost to San Diego Chargers in AFC Wild-Card Game.|
|TEN||2008||13||3||0||.813||1st in AFC South||0||1||.000||Lost to Baltimore Ravens in AFC Divisional Game.|
|TEN||2009||8||8||0||.500||3rd in AFC South||-||-||-||-|
|TEN||2010||6||10||0||.375||4th in AFC South||-||-||-||-|
Fisher's first 5 years as coach were unspectacular. There was a reason for this. He was rebuilding the team. If you look at Fisher's win records, they come in clusters. In the NFL, it's all about cycles. You bring a good group of players together, and for a few years you will be a really good team. Then, when those players start to age, the rebuilding starts over again. In 2006, the Titans did even better than expected. They drafted Vince Young and traded McNair. They ended the season 8-8. The following two seasons, the team finished with winning records. But, sadly, in his last two seasons as coach Vince Young messed it all up for Jeff Fisher. In the first place, Jeff Fisher didn't even want Vince Young. Bud Adams wanted him.
Fisher will look at the Dolphins Roster and think to himself, there's a good group of players here that can win immediately. If he goes to the Rams, it will be like his first 5 years with the Titans. He doesn't want that. He wants to win now, and above all, he wants to win a Superbowl. He will draft the quarterback of his choice. He won't have Vince Young-like quarterback with character concerns thrown upon him. He will go get RG3. It's his kind of quarterback. He will turn this team around. Mark my words, if Fisher comes in and drafts RG3, we will have a lot to cheer about. We will be that winning team once again. If it takes 2 1st rounders (or maybe even 3) and 3 2nd rounders, I'll say that's worth it. Come on Dolphins, seal the deal!!!!