January 26, 1986 |
It was possibly the only time in Jeff Fisher's career as a punt-return specialist for the Chicago Bears that he left a football field untouched. "We had a press conference today," said Fisher from his New Orleans hotel Friday. "There were about 3,000 reporters. They had us all out on the field, lined up at tables by position. The quarterbacks were on the 50-yard line, the running backs were on the 40-yard line. . . . The media came over and started interviewing players.
October 25, 2009 |
The Tennessee Titans' Jeff Fisher was dressed for success at a recent charity event, removing his button-down shirt to reveal a Peyton Manning jersey underneath. The coach joked he wanted to "feel like a winner." Fisher is a no-nonsense guy who takes his job very seriously -- part of the reason he's the NFL's longest-tenured coach -- so a little humor was refreshing in these dismal times for his winless franchise. Tennessee's collapse tops our list of the biggest surprises through six weeks of the 2009 season: Dismember the Titans Since starting last season 10-0, Fisher's team has lost 10 of 13 and eight in a row. Mercifully, the Titans get an open date today after the humiliation of last Sunday's 59-0 rout at New England.
February 6, 1986
Jeff Fisher, whose career as a football player took him from Taft High to USC and then to the world champion Chicago Bears, was named defensive backs coach by the Philadelphia Eagles, it was announced Monday. A five-year National Football League veteran, Fisher, 27, injured his ankle in a preseason practice before the Bears carved their path through the National Football League and eventually through the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.
January 21, 1992 |
Jeff Fisher, fired earlier this month as defensive coordinator by new Ram Coach Chuck Knox, Monday night accepted a job as secondary coach with the San Francisco 49ers. Over the weekend, Fisher also was contacted by the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers about their vacant defensive coordinator jobs, but Fisher was offered the 49er job Monday afternoon and had to give Coach George Seifert an answer that night.
December 25, 1997 |
Now that the USC coaching situation is settled, Jeff Fisher's true feelings about being mentioned as a candidate can be revealed. "Any college athlete that goes into the coaching profession, I think it would be a dream of his to go back to his alma mater and have the opportunity to coach," Fisher said. "But like most things in life, timing is everything." And for the time being, the former Taft High and Trojan standout is plenty busy with another job.
June 30, 1991 |
He is leaning forward now at Fritz Shurmur's old desk, in Fritz Shurmur's old office, his right hand curled around a cup of coffee from the same brown coffee pot Shurmur used so often not so long ago. So what has changed here? Except for the man at the desk, nothing, apparently. But somehow, as Jeff Fisher talks, everything is different. He is talking in the quick, quiet voice he has been using for the last 45 minutes, but now the words have heat to them.