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The second season of Amazon’s All or Nothing includes a visit with (spoiler alert) former Rams head coach Jeff Fisher on a piece of land he owns outside of Nashville that seemingly covers more than 100 acres. He’s still thinking about the thing that covers only 100 yards.

“I want to get back on the sideline,” Fisher says. “Not going to happen this year, obviously. We’ll just see what happens.”

What happens will be that, in a league with 32 teams, someone likely will give the 59-year-old Fisher another shot. Although it instantly became fashionable to pounce on him a year ago (with Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson kicking the door open to widespread national criticism), Fisher has strong connections at 345 Park Avenue.

Inevitably, there will be an owner who isn’t quite sure what to do when hiring a new head coach. Invariably, that owner will ask one or more high-level executives at the league office for advice. Impossibly (in the opinion of plenty of that team’s fans), Fisher will receive a glowing recommendation.

Yes, Fisher currently sits atop the all-time regular-season loss record with Dan Reeves, knotted at 165. But Fisher has won 173 times, and more often than not his teams are relevant past Thanksgiving, which is the key to keeping fans engaged through the end of the regular season, or at least close to it.

Perhaps more importantly, Fisher has shown that he can coexist with eccentric billionaires. Fisher worked for years with the late Bud Adams, who later in life developed a habit of firing off double-barreled middle fingers. The Oilers/Titans owner made it nearly a full generation without sending that same message to Fisher.

He also lasted nearly five full years with the Rams, a franchise that by many indications was planning to leave St. Louis long before it became obvious that they’d be gone. And Fisher has now presided not once but twice over the relocation of an NFL franchise, experiences that come in handy when shepherding players through distractions.

The question isn’t whether Fisher should or shouldn’t get another chance. The question is whether he will. At some point in the next few years, some owner out there will choose someone who has coached 350 combined regular-season and postseason games over someone who has coached zero of either.

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  1. stung4ever1983 says: Jul 3, 2017 10:51 AM

    I sure plenty of teams could use a waterboy.

  2. beavertonsteve says: Jul 3, 2017 10:53 AM

    If Fisher wants to coach sooner than later and remain a head coach, a college gig is going to be his only real choice.

  3. tylawspick6 says: Jul 3, 2017 10:55 AM

    not going to happen

    when you cheat on the “competition committee”,
    the football gods don’t like that

  4. exinsidetrader says: Jul 3, 2017 10:57 AM

    He really must want the record for most losses by a coach.

  5. chrisk61 says: Jul 3, 2017 10:57 AM

    well ex phila DA seth williams just pled guilty to corruption and was immediately put in prison

    so his sideline pass is available for eagles games

    i remember back in the day when fisher was young DC for eagles HC buddy ryan and that nasty, dominant defense

    part of the buddy ryan bounty system defensive style of football…fisher, gregg williams, etc.

  6. whatjusthapped says: Jul 3, 2017 10:58 AM

    Maybe he can get a press pass? Who would hire this loser yet again?

  7. QB Film Room says: Jul 3, 2017 11:01 AM

    Yeah sorry bro. Its hard enough to get a sniff in the league in any capacity. You have had like 9 lives. There are thousaunds of others out there qualified to work in league but just cant break in. Enjoy you $

  8. hamlet423 says: Jul 3, 2017 11:01 AM

    I am not sure why Fisher gets so much league respect.

    His teams have always been physical to the point of dirty–and with the Rams he took it up a notch. And he hired Greg Williams. In a league trying to limit injuries, he contributed to a lot. I remember the Giants Vs Rams game which was kind of Chaos–I assume he was telling his defenders to get Odell Beckham to throw a punch to get himself ejected. I mean, given the Punter got into it.

    He is kind of like Rex Ryan’s more respectful older brother. But behind the scenes is still talking smack.

    He had some good years with the Titans but a lot of so-so years as well.

    His main superpower is being able to not get fired for many years when he could have been.

    The 2016 Rams were not very talented, but they didn’t look prepared an awful lot when he was running the ship. I mean the 49ers were a terrible team and they smoked the Rams in the home opener.

  9. kjdoyle58 says: Jul 3, 2017 11:07 AM

    unless he hires offensive coaches, that know what they’re doing and he leaves them alone, things won’t change…defensive players love him and love to play for him but you need to score in the NFL or you get, at best, 7-9 BS…

  10. hereiamjh says: Jul 3, 2017 11:18 AM

    OJ wants to get back on the sideline too!!

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 3, 2017 11:21 AM

    “I am not sure why Fisher gets so much league respect.”

    Because he’s a toady to Goodell and his cronies, and the crappy owners, which is most of them.

  12. steves11 says: Jul 3, 2017 11:23 AM

    “He really must want the record for most losses by a coach”

    It says at least a little positive about you that you lasted long enough as a head coach to achieve such a dubious record.

  13. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Jul 3, 2017 11:25 AM

    Ballboy maybe? (waterboy has already been mentioned)

  14. mmack66 says: Jul 3, 2017 11:26 AM

    The Browns would love a shot at 7-9 or 8-8.

  15. mmack66 says: Jul 3, 2017 11:30 AM

    steves11 says:
    Jul 3, 2017 11:23 AM

    “He really must want the record for most losses by a coach”

    It says at least a little positive about you that you lasted long enough as a head coach to achieve such a dubious record.
    —————————–

    It says more about lazy owners that aren’t concerned with winning.

  16. dwoofer says: Jul 3, 2017 11:31 AM

    There must be at least some mediocre teams that he can coach into being hitmen

  17. milehighmike7 says: Jul 3, 2017 11:31 AM

    How about we give some new young minority coaches a shot instead of this washed up coach?

  18. edavidberg says: Jul 3, 2017 11:32 AM

    “I am not sure why Fisher gets so much league respect.”

    I’m not sure it’s league respect, I would assume most coaches think he’s a joke. Few people have the gall to talk smack when they are in the process of being well under .500 (which the Rams were the last few years).

    I think Fisher has ties and friends in the media that float this stuff out there. And let’s be honest, most coaches would love to see Fisher get another chance. So if an owner calls another coach for advice of course they’ll rave about Fisher. It’s one less team they have to worry about.

    It only takes one team to hire him but my gut feeling tells me that owners are going to be skeptical of handing him the keys given his track record with the Rams. He never made the playoffs if I remember correctly.

  19. richardernsberger says: Jul 3, 2017 11:34 AM

    He had six straight losing seasons before getting sacked.

  20. eaglesw00t says: Jul 3, 2017 11:37 AM

    Seriously…why would any owner want a perennial 8-8 or 7-9 team?

    Hes had a few winning seasons in a few DECADES of coaching.

    Hang it up Jeff.

  21. chuckshontaspads says: Jul 3, 2017 11:42 AM

    Fisher was on the competition committee for years, while advocating cheap hits and injury…after he called a bounty on Rodney Harrison, Harrison knees were taken out which resulted in a torn acl and mcl…following that game Belichick and the Patriots outscored Fisher’s teams 130-10 in their next 3 head to head games. Belichick the GOAT, fisher the literal all time loser…enough of Jeff Fisher

  22. medialovesthecowboys says: Jul 3, 2017 11:42 AM

    “and more often than not his teams are relevant past Thanksgiving, which is the key to keeping fans engaged through the end of the regular season, or at least close to it.”
    ———————————————–
    Way to perpetuate the myth. Look at the stats, there’s no way this stat is true.

  23. silverhornet says: Jul 3, 2017 11:46 AM

    Jacksonville

  24. motleytrap says: Jul 3, 2017 11:46 AM

    Fisher in all likelihood has used up his goodwill. It doesn’t matter how many fans he has in league circles. There’s no better advocate than winning, and he’s not good at it.

    Two winning seasons in his last 12.
    13 years removed from his last playoff win.
    Surely us message boarders aren’t the only ones who noticed.

    Mike Shanahan and Bill Cowher both coached a lot of games too, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing them again.

  25. mogogo1 says: Jul 3, 2017 11:50 AM

    He won’t be a head coach again–maybe he’ll wind up in a front office or as some sort of special consultant. Too little results too long ago. It’d be different if the Super Bowl trip had just happened but that was a LOT of disappointing seasons ago.

  26. JayZee says: Jul 3, 2017 11:59 AM

    Most overrated coach in the history of the NFL.

  27. scoreatwill says: Jul 3, 2017 11:59 AM

    Though not a big fans of his I MIGHT CONSIDER hiring him IF I had a strong management team in place, including a GM and limited his say on personnel decisions.

  28. tylawspick6 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:01 PM

    fisher ordered the code red on rodney harrison

    conduct unbecoming

    article 46, right roger?

    where were you, sherriff goebbels?

    hmm?

    oh that’s right, you probably ordered the hit to get
    gomer past the pats in 2006.

    sure would have liked rodney
    in that 2006 afc title game where you cheated and
    sent a letter to the pats admitting it

    hmm

  29. navyvandal says: Jul 3, 2017 12:03 PM

    How many winning seasons did he compile in his 20 years as HC? 5-6? I don’t remember the titans having a 9+ win season his last few years with that team. I will say though, that playoff game between his titans and my pats in 03 was a doozy. We had tickets to that but the old man wouldn’t sit in 4 degrees at kickoff.

  30. scottarrowsmith says: Jul 3, 2017 12:04 PM

    I dont wish this on any pro team! As a Rams fan the best part of the last ten years was his firing. Dude is way too damn overrated!!! Hes just not a good coach

  31. reddzen says: Jul 3, 2017 12:04 PM

    And that’s why people like Buddy Ryan and Rich Kotite kept getting jobs. Inept is inept. 173 games to 165 is still basically 8-8 which shows he doesn’t have the talent to roam the sidelines as a head coach in a seriously competitive league. Forget his record, look at his decision making even in the one SB he went to…”Eddie George up the middle, Eddie George up the middle, and…..Eddie George up the middle.” He’s stuck in the 80s with Bears smash mouth football (How well has that been working out for them?) without realizing they won their one SB because of their defense. Fisher understands nothing about the current game of football.

    Oh and if I hear one more time that he has experience in relocating a franchise….who cares? It happens once a decade (or in this case, three times in a decade but you get my point) and isn’t a career building skill. I could do it and so could you.

  32. rainsarge says: Jul 3, 2017 12:04 PM

    If you have a team you really want to get to 8-8 he’s your man.

  33. nhpats says: Jul 3, 2017 12:11 PM

    He would certainly be an upgrade over Mike Tomlin

  34. protozoa5 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:14 PM

    silverhornet says:Jul 3, 2017 11:46 AM

    Jacksonville

    ____________________________________________

    You clearly don’t know the history between Fisher and the Jaguars, the fans would riot.

    Add to that Fisher is the definition of mediocre.

  35. dolfan72 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:21 PM

    Take away the ’99 season, and look at his career record. Then tell me what team would have him.

  36. axelulen says: Jul 3, 2017 12:22 PM

    Uh…Jeff could buy the job of a team mascot??????

    He’d be incognito in disguise.

    This is his ONLY chance.

  37. Brad Jansen says: Jul 3, 2017 12:30 PM

    Yea, yea.. and I want a date with Scarlett Johansson…

  38. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:32 PM

    I could see him as the next Jets coach. They are desperate team.

  39. dlb1982 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:32 PM

    The browns will be up for another head coach next year.

  40. firstdownbrowns says: Jul 3, 2017 12:32 PM

    Please make it stop.
    Dont go away mad,just go away

  41. psousa1 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:34 PM

    Maybe he wants to work the chains

  42. pcarnette says: Jul 3, 2017 12:43 PM

    I’m sure some high school would be happy to have you, Jeff.

  43. travishenrykid says: Jul 3, 2017 12:46 PM

    With the Rams, he went 7-8-1, 7-9, 6-10, 7-9 and 4-9. His records at Thanksgiving were 3-6-1, 4-6, 4-7, 4-7 and 4-7. With STL/LA, he teams were never relevant at Thanksgiving. And for all the RGIII picks, he didn’t get a single Pro Bowl year.

  44. schmitty2 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:48 PM

    As a long suffering Rams fan I was hopeful Fisher could at least make them decent but they regressed every year. The fact is the players love him….because he never threw them under the bus. There is never any accountability under his watch. The team would get blown out and it would still be the same stale press conference “We definitely have some things we need to address but I saw a lot of positives.” He is a coordinator at best but I pray for the fans of any team that might be dumb enough to hire him as HC.

  45. titimium says: Jul 3, 2017 12:51 PM

    Besides being nearly impossible for Jeff to field winning football teams, why exactly would a owner want him as the non QB face of the franchise? He doesn’t come across as modern, young, in touch with current football trends or even likeable on TV. Have you ever seen this prick be interviewed on TV? Condescending at best, rude & very arrogant is the impression he’s given off during games & pressers before or after games. He just acts like he has more wins than Bill B and Shula combined.

  46. vegaskid21 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:53 PM

    And I want a toilet made out of solid gold, but it’s just not in cards now is it?”

    -A. Powers

  47. raidernation37 says: Jul 3, 2017 1:09 PM

    I’d bet money he gets a look in Cincy after Marvin Lewis get fired/steps down this year

  48. micronin127 says: Jul 3, 2017 1:13 PM

    Well, if tanking becomes even more widespread, you could see Fisher as kind of a specialist.

  49. gbfanforever says: Jul 3, 2017 1:13 PM

    There’s probably somewhere from 7-9 teams that are interested

  50. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jul 3, 2017 1:32 PM

    He’s a below average coach. This is a fact. He made one Super Bowl in 27 years as a head coach. He has made that playoffs less than 30% of the time. He has more losing records than winning records.

    These are all facts. Why on earth would we even be talking about him getting another job?

  51. streetyson says: Jul 3, 2017 1:38 PM

    and more often than not his teams are relevant past Thanksgiving,
    —————————
    6 winning seasons in 22yrs. More often than not his teams aren’t relevant past Halloween, let alone Thanksgiving.

  52. seahawkboymike says: Jul 3, 2017 2:08 PM

    Nobody wants you on the sidelines or the competition committee, Jeff. You are trying to ruin the game we love. Take your “Seahawk rules” points of emphasis and your banning kickoffs idiocy and go away.

  53. sneaux49 says: Jul 3, 2017 2:09 PM

    He’s not a good head coach. He has a giant ego for no reason. He has his pets. He’s exclusive. His teams are always divided. The worse thing to happen was his trip to the Super Bowl. That’s when he turned into Chuck Noll. Or Vince Lombardi. Or whoever. In his world. If some owner gives him another job they are crazier than me.

  54. intrafinesse says: Jul 3, 2017 2:24 PM

    If I was terrible at what I do and making a lot of money and got fired then I too would like another job making the same amount of money.

  55. nsm70 says: Jul 3, 2017 2:49 PM

    To be fair you got to give him some credit. He took over a 1-15 team that sucked in all three phases of football, had not talent were stuck with a useless Sam Bradford and his glass knees. He came in and drafted a very good defense and special teams unit. Problem is he has could not develop a QB and run modern NFL offense. His undoing was at the OC position all the years with the Oilers/Titans he had Mike Heimerdinger who passed away due to cancer. He has not been able to find his replacement and has got him canned now. His biggest mistake was making rob Boras the oC last year, especially considering he had Norv Tunrer sitting t home in La Jolla, a good friend of his or evenMad Mike Martz.

  56. allseeingone says: Jul 3, 2017 2:57 PM

    Bring him back to the sidelines and put him on the Chain Crew.

  57. ramrene says: Jul 3, 2017 3:39 PM

    >Fisher has now presided not once but twice over the relocation of an NFL franchise, experiences that come in handy when shepherding players through distractions.

    Why do people keep saying this as if it has meaning or is valuable in some way?

    It only has value if you’re able to shepherd players through distractions IF THEY WIN in spite of those distractions.

    When you lose, there’s no value there. Tell me the difference between Fisher and a real estate agent who also has experience in relocation if the team is going to lose either way?

    Stop. Just stop trying to pass this off as some sort of positive attribute, it’s not. It’s nothing.

  58. eglsfan says: Jul 3, 2017 4:59 PM

    Um Erick Dickerson, Jeff Fisher on Line 1, requesting a Press Pass……..

  59. paulniner79 says: Jul 3, 2017 5:20 PM

    I hope he has a son that plays pop-warner. Maybe that coach could use an assistant.

  60. richabbs says: Jul 3, 2017 7:11 PM

    Jeff should start practicing for his next job by standing in front of a mirror and saying…”Would you like fries with that?”

  61. xbam says: Jul 3, 2017 7:11 PM

    just say no NFL owners! His time has passed….it’s so plainly obvious to fans….

  62. wahoo21 says: Jul 3, 2017 7:36 PM

    Coaches have a shelf life and his expired seasons ago

  63. run4cova says: Jul 3, 2017 9:58 PM

    he better makes the worlds greatest gatorade…

  64. cjweber5187 says: Jul 3, 2017 11:12 PM

    Buy some front row seats with the money you stole from the titans and Rams

  65. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Jul 3, 2017 11:20 PM

    This article would have really been funny if it was posted on this coming Sunday, 7-9….

  66. aj66shanghai says: Jul 4, 2017 1:13 AM

    There’s a lot more to being a head coach than just coaching. His longevity must be due to professionalism, reliability, loyalty, leadership of a large staff, PR savvy, and a host of other things.

    Of course, no fan wants a coach who doesn’t win. But there are too many owners who are happy to have an excellent manager, and don’t care quite so much about the coaching part. Real talk.

  67. webbiewebs3 says: Jul 4, 2017 1:20 AM

    In case people haven’t noticed lately, there are several teams out there that going 7-9 or 8-8 would be a major improvement. Going .500 for a team that hasn’t reached that goal in forever would get the fanbase excited again and thinking, “We’re only 2 wins away from a playoff game!”

    Sometimes 8-8 can actually get you in the playoffs some years, heck, there have been times when losing teams have gotten in the playoffs.

    I am no fan of Jeff Fisher, but if he’s a candidate out there that will seriously accept an offer from my team and I’ve got other choices of people that have never been there and never done it, Fisher starts to look like a pretty good option.

  68. mwcarolina says: Jul 4, 2017 1:36 AM

    his only shot at coaching in football (in my opinion) is for him to go to college. the Rams mess didnt do Fisher any favors and while he did ok for the titans for a bit, he started to fall after McNair left and failed to help make Vince Young or Jake Locker into a star and just recently failed with Jared Goff. if Goff ends up being a good QB, the guy who’ll get the credit for improving him will be McVay.

  69. fearsome4 says: Jul 4, 2017 1:58 AM

    Me thinks Jeff knows a thing or two about running an NFL defense. And that’s probably where he’s going to find work.

    People don’t realize how well the Rams defense has played for the last 5 years. Their offense went 3 and out all season long, and they still had pretty impressive stats.

  70. frank booth says: Jul 4, 2017 6:18 AM

    These comments are beyond funny. Not that Fisher’s a great coach, or even a good one anymore, but what are people expecting a coach to do with Les Snead’s poor drafting and not providing an offensive line, minimal offensive weapons and serious QB issues for years.

  71. mistrezzrachael says: Jul 4, 2017 8:13 AM

    chuckshontaspads says:
    Jul 3, 2017 11:42 AM
    Fisher was on the competition committee for years, while advocating cheap hits and injury…after he called a bounty on Rodney Harrison, Harrison knees were taken out which resulted in a torn acl and mcl…following that game Belichick and the Patriots outscored Fisher’s teams 130-10 in their next 3 head to head games. Belichick the GOAT, fisher the literal all time loser…enough of Jeff Fisher

    THAT HIT ON HARRISON….Maybe one of the biggest cheapshots in NFL history….And after Fischer looking at him and smiling…Fisher is a dirt bag

  72. hess97 says: Jul 4, 2017 8:52 AM

    Nobody wants to see p*nis tackling again in this league. Let this clown retire on a secluded island with Greg Williams where they can both practice those methods together far away from the NFL.

  73. svanablak says: Jul 4, 2017 8:54 AM

    dude had a cool moustache, tho!

  74. pierrepoint1 says: Jul 4, 2017 9:25 AM

    Why would any team give a guy who just finished a stint with the Rams, and never finished higher than .500 another shot at being a head coach?

    Look at his record, it’s horrible.

  75. dbarnes79 says: Jul 4, 2017 1:04 PM

    Not sure anyone else will give him another shot in the NFL. Maybe college or broadcasting is in his future.

  76. mattbilleauthor says: Jul 5, 2017 5:11 PM

    If he’s good at getting along with crazy billionaires, maybe his future is in politics.
    (That’s not entirely insane, I suppose, I had classes with him in Public Administration at USC, and he was a smart guy…)

  77. aarons444 says: Jul 7, 2017 2:29 PM

    Fisher was on the competition committee for years, while advocating cheap hits and injury…after he called a bounty on Rodney Harrison, Harrison knees were taken out which resulted in a torn acl and mcl…
    ====

    I’d call that karma… if I believed in such things….

  78. orangedestroyer says: Jul 10, 2017 5:39 PM

    Let him work the sideline chains

  79. cad700 says: Jul 25, 2017 12:17 AM

    “more often than not his teams are relevant past Thanksgiving”

    He has had 6 winning seasons in 22 years! Can I have some of what you are smoking, it’s some powerful stuff!!!!

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