The presence of free-agent football coach Jeff Fisher at the Buccaneers’ team hotel on Saturday in Atlanta has created a major buzz in the Tampa/St. Pete press corps and among the team’s fan base.
But any connection between Fisher being spotted there and the still-occupied head-coaching job with the Bucs is coincidental, according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night In America.
King reports via Twitter that Fisher did not meet with Buccaneers officials in Atlanta, and that Fisher was in town simply because his son, Trent, had a bowl game at the Georgia Dome with Auburn.
Still, it’s unclear why Fisher was at the Bucs’ hotel. As pointed out earlier, he could have been visiting with former Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Or Fisher simply may have wanted to conduct a social experiment regarding the extent to which merely passing through the lobby would prompt the media to breathlessly connect the dots back to the head-coaching job in Tampa.
Regardless of the reason, Fisher had to realize that this would create a stir. And maybe it’s all part of ensuring that his name makes it to the top of everyone’s “A” list in the coming days, which will give him maximum leverage when the time comes to work out his next contract.
Teams that are or could be searching for a new coach include the Dolphins, Chiefs, Jaguars, Chargers, Rams, Bucs, and Colts. There also could be a wild-card or two, as there always seems to be.