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Jeff Fisher isn’t going back to Philly

After being a head coach in Tennessee for 17 years, Jeff Fisher isn’t interested in taking a step back down the coaching ladder.

Fisher’s agent, Marvin Demoff, told Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News that it was “highly unlikely” that Fisher would join the Eagles’ staff.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer has a source that says Fisher will not be the next Eagles defensive coordinator.   The same source also denied an ESPN report that Andy Reid told a few candidates that the team’s coordinator job is full.

The Fisher news is no surprise.  Considering the money he’s making to walk away from Tennessee, it makes no sense to take a demotion.

Fisher has the money and the market value to wait for a better job to open next year.
UPDATE: Fisher spoke with Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean: “It’s time for me to rest, and fish.  I have total peace about this right now.”
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27 Responses to “Jeff Fisher isn’t going back to Philly”
  1. johnnyshore says: Jan 27, 2011 11:08 PM

    Market value? Why is everybody so high on Fisher. What has this guy ever done?

  2. hobartbaker says: Jan 27, 2011 11:10 PM

    All those reasons not to work. The Fisher Bling.

  3. couldntthinkofaname says: Jan 27, 2011 11:18 PM

    After dealing with Vince Young and Bud Adams for so long, who can blame this guy for wanting to take a year off?

  4. bearsbullscubs says: Jan 27, 2011 11:24 PM

    Move over Lovie!

  5. rugdaniels says: Jan 27, 2011 11:27 PM

    sure it’s a step back…but how can Jeff turn his back on a city he coached in briefly 20 years ago?

    I swear, if a coach as much as spends the night in Philadelphia their fans can’t fathom why they wouldn’t run through fire to come back to the city.

  6. jc1958coo says: Jan 28, 2011 12:01 AM

    i said that 2 hrs ago! go on tv take the chins place
    cowher is an idiot, or my advice play golf and drink margaritas!! don’t fall like buffet lol!!

  7. pat2452 says: Jan 28, 2011 12:15 AM

    All the eagles fans who wanted Reid fired are going to have alot more ammuniton now. Reid is now the longest tenured head coach. Fisher lost a Super Bowl but kept his job for 16 years. Reid lost a Super Bowl and is in what 12th, 13th year? Fisher was keeping Reid alive as an example of a headcoach who after 16 years has not produced a championship. Reid now sits alone as a headcoach who has not fulfilled city expectations and is currently the longest headcoach in the NFL

  8. da11ascowboys says: Jan 28, 2011 12:25 AM

    get paid 8 million by your former team to go on vacation for a year…

    or coach a defense in ZERO superbowlville… only to get yelled at by your “fans” for coming up JUST SHORT when it was supposed to be YOUR YEAR again..?

    gone fishin’.

  9. xpensivewinos says: Jan 28, 2011 12:33 AM

    Wait! Stephen Ross has the jet revved up. He and Ireland will be right over to woo Fisher and then not close the deal.

    Oh yeah, and then give Sparano, his son and the rest of their intern coaches contract extensions.

  10. foxmtbr says: Jan 28, 2011 1:03 AM

    Eagles fans are calling for a sumo wrestling match between Reid and Fisher to determine who will be head coach next year

  11. wallyhorse says: Jan 28, 2011 1:42 AM

    And a lot of those Eagles fans who want Reid out fail to grasp that Reid has gotten the Eagles to the playoffs in nine of the last 11 years (and nine of his 12 years as Eagles HC). The only teams to do better than that are the Patriots (nine of 10) and the Colts (an NFL-record nine straight years). Reid is a fine coach in his own right.

    Fisher doesn’t need to rush into a new job, and there was no reason for him to even consider the Eagles DC job in this case.

  12. mimitaroo says: Jan 28, 2011 1:42 AM

    Jeff McLane also had a source saying McNabb to Oakland last year was a done deal.

  13. mudkip23 says: Jan 28, 2011 4:14 AM


    Andy Reid Coaching Record (12 years)
    Season 118-73-1 – 61.8%
    Playoff 10-9
    9 of 12 seasons ending in post-season play – 75%
    2 losing seasons, 1 .500 season
    5 NFC Championship appearances
    1 Superbowl appearance

    Jeff Fisher Coaching Record (16 years)
    Season 142-120 64.2%
    Playoff 5-6
    6 of 16 seasons ending in post season play – 37.5%
    6 losing seasons, 5 .500 seasons
    2 AFC Championship appearances
    1 Superbowl appearance

    Looks to me by the numbers that Jeff Fisher isn’t qualified to hold Andy Reid’s large stretchmarked jock…
    and to all those people blaming his losing on the fact he didn’t have great players, whose fault do you think that is? He had full control in Tennesse, he chose the players. If they weren’t very good that’s just another sign that Jeff Fisher just isn’t a very good coach.

  14. mudkip23 says: Jan 28, 2011 4:16 AM

    ^^^ TYPO: Jeff fishers winning percentage is 54.2% not 64.2

  15. mystereo says: Jan 28, 2011 5:03 AM

    Teams are interested in Fisher because they don’t want to be the next loser organization to hire Norv Turner.

  16. chadwellheathkeith says: Jan 28, 2011 5:44 AM

    Ignoring their first seasons, Reid has missed the play-offs twice, Fisher ten times. At least Philly have been relevant in the last decade.

  17. joetoronto says: Jan 28, 2011 5:53 AM

    Good for you, Jeff.

    Never mind the idiots, enjoy your time away from the game.

  18. alexnexus says: Jan 28, 2011 6:33 AM

    Andy is a great head coach -less his inability to manage time correctly-.
    He needs, though, great offensive and defensive coordinators.

    It seems to me that Marty Mornhinweg has come up short several times in key games -like the past Vikings’ or Packers’ or the several 3rd/4th and short offense miscues the last three years in a row-.
    And, after Jim Jhonsson passing, the D has suffered in the red zone and with the long pass.

    If the Eagles had the character to part ways with McNabb for the benefit of the team, they can do the same thing with the coaching staff.

    So keep Andy and change everyone else! It’s working great with our QB position. Let’s see what happens with the coaches.


  19. bobbyhoying says: Jan 28, 2011 8:07 AM

    pat2452: I had the good fortune of attending the Eagles’ most recent Super Bowl appearance. Reid did not lose it. McNabb did by throwing wounded ducks at wide open receivers, who should have scored, early in the game. He also was unable to run a hurry-up offense. In the event you may have missed it, our present QB does not seem to have a problem with late game comebacks. Just ask the Giants.

  20. abninf says: Jan 28, 2011 9:00 AM

    rugdaniels says:
    I swear, if a coach as much as spends the night in Philadelphia their fans can’t fathom why they wouldn’t run through fire to come back to the city.

    Maybe because Philly is the high tax crime ridden cesspool of the USA.

  21. realitypolice says: Jan 28, 2011 9:02 AM

    I believe Jeff Fisher should retire from coaching and cash in on his phantom reputation as a “great coach” while he still can with a fat network talking head gig.

    Because in truth, Jeff Fisher has been the absolute poster child for coaching mediocrity. If he takes another coaching job and has the same tepid results for an owner who isn’t as loyal/tolerant/forgiving/demented as Bud Adams, he’ll be two years and out.

    He’ll suffer the same fate as another over rated, mediocre coach:

    Think George Seifert in Carolina.

  22. oldbyrd says: Jan 28, 2011 9:07 AM

    Andy can’t seem to get to the Big Show but, Fisher is not his equal. If we would have had Trgovac and Washburn last year…..The Birds are playing The Steelers in The Bowl. Eagles Def. was horrible. Last or next to last in every catagory.. The Red Zone diseaster did them in. McMutt killed them. Rumor is the players agree.

  23. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 28, 2011 9:20 AM

    oldbyrd says:
    Jan 28, 2011 9:07 AM
    Andy can’t seem to get to the Big Show but, Fisher is not his equal. If we would have had Trgovac and Washburn last year…..The Birds are playing The Steelers in The Bowl.

    Seriously?? Vick would choke against any of these defenses…you’re delusional….again.

  24. realitypolice says: Jan 28, 2011 9:31 AM

    Fisher spoke with Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean: “It’s time for me to rest, and fish. I have total peace about this right now.”

    Jeff Fisher will go fishing for the next 17 days. On only 6 of those days will he catch any fish.

    But he will still be known as a great fisherman as everyone will clearly understand that the 11 days he didn’t catch any fish were clearly the fault of the fish themselves, and not his masterful fishing strategy.

  25. flyinhighwithvick says: Jan 28, 2011 9:44 AM

    Fisher won’t be coming to Philly because Fisher does what the Philly fans want….run the ball and play good defense. Andy Reid is so full of his fat self, that he could never stand to have a proven coach like Fisher looking over his shoulder.

    I’m waiting to hear that the Eagles are so good, that they don’t need an defensive coordinator. That would not surprise me one bit.

  26. dolphins4 says: Jan 28, 2011 10:08 AM

    What the Eagles need to do is hire Trgovac as their next defensive coordinator and the defense will get fixed.

  27. theo547 says: Jan 28, 2011 10:20 AM

    Wow Philly fans — You have one of the best Offensive minds in the game… you wana run the ball in this league why dont you hire Brad Childress…. Seemed to work pretty good for him.

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