Sunday, October 25, 2009

Jeff Fisher isn't this bad

Titans coach Jeff Fisher is taking a lot of heat for recently wearing a Peyton Manning jersey, declaring he wanted to "feel like a winner" at a charity function with Tony Dungy. The prank angered Titans fans and players, who are struggling through a currently winless season. Fisher's team might limp to the finish in 2009, but considering that years like this were an aberration for Fisher, perhaps the Titans and everyone calling for his head should hesitate on terminating the longest-tenured head coach currently in the NFL. Fisher has been the Titans head coach since they were Oilers and played in the Astrodome in Houston.

In 15 full years as the franchise's head coach, he's had five different starting quarterbacks to work with, he's had only two seasons where he's been more than one game under five hundred. He's had six 10+ win seasons. Granted, he's taken his team to only six postseasons, and if a guy like Mike Shanahan can get fired after last season, then Fisher is definitely on a hot seat. But he's not exactly cut from the same cloth as the scrubs listed below who have coached the most utterly hopeless teams of the last two decades. If his Titans get onto this list of big-time losers, will that be it for Fisher?

YearBad TeamW-LCoachYears Before
Bad Season
Result
2008DET0-16Rod Marinelli2fired
2008KC2-14Herm Edwards2fired
2008STL2-14Scott Linehan (0-4)
Jim Haslett (2-10)
2
--
fired
[interim]
2007MIA1-15Cam Cameron0 (1st year)fired
2006OAK2-14Art Shell0** (1st year)fired
2005HOU
Texans
2-14Dom Capers3fired
2004SF2-14Dennis Erickson1fired
2002CIN2-14Dick LeBeau1
fired
2001CAR1-15George Seifert2fired
2001DET2-14Marty Mornhinweg
0 (1st year)Given 1 more season
[3-13 in 2002, fired]
2000SD1-15Mike Riley1Given 1 more season
[5-11 in 2001, fired]
1999CLE2-14Chris Palmer
0 (1st year)Given 1 more season
[3-13 in 2000, fired]
1996NYJ1-15Rich Kotite1fired
1994HOU
Oilers
2-14Jack Pardee (1-9)
Jeff Fisher (1-5)
4
--
fired
[interim]
1992NE2-14Dick MacPherson1fired
1992SEA2-14Tom Flores0 (1st year)Given 2 more seasons
[6-10 both '93, '94 fired]
1991IND1-15Ron Meyer (0-5)
Rick Venturi (1-10)
4fired
YearNE1-15Rod Rust0 (1st year)fired

**Art Shell in first season of second stint with Raiders

1 comment:

Robert said...

interesting stats.

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