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Jeff Fisher had Jay Cutler ranked ahead of Vince Young in 2006

It’s not news that Jeff Fisher and Vince Young had a rocky relationship when they were with the Titans.

But it was worth noting this week that when Fisher was evaluating quarterbacks in the 2006 NFL Draft, he preferred Jay Cutler.

During a conference call with Chicago media, the Rams coach said he thought the Cutler was the best quarterback in the 2006 draft class.

“Looking back, I would say that I had the three quarterbacks ranked Cutler, [Matt] Leinart and Young,” Fisher said, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com. “I loved Jay. You know. I mean, we watched him play in our own backyard, man. We had a private workout there in our indoor facility and coached him in the Senior Bowl. It just didn’t work out.”

Fisher and the Titans used the third pick in the draft on Young, while Leinart went 10th to the Cardinals and Cutler fell to the Broncos with the 11th pick.

Fisher said he’s been impressed with the job Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains had done with Cutler.

“They’ve done a great job with him in the pocket,” Fisher said. “His feet. His fundamentals. Everything. Jay is playing really good. I’m not excited about the fact that he’s playing really good right now this week, but I’m happy for Jay. But they’ve done a really good job with him.”

Given the way the Young era in Nashville worked out, it’s not hard to imagine Fisher sounding a bit wistful as he talks about what might have been, if only his owner would have let him taken the guy he obviously wanted.