Could former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher be a candidate for the Dallas Cowboys’ head coaching vacancy?
In their search for a new head coach after officially letting former head coach Jason Garrett go on Sunday, it appears the Dallas Cowboys made a phone call to Jeff Fisher, the former head coach of the Tennessee Titans.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, it doesn’t look like Fisher is being seriously considered at the moment, but he was one of the people owner and general manager Jerry Jones did call, and is apparently well-respected by the organization.
"A team source did confirm the Cowboys had a recent telephone conversation with former NFL coach Jeff Fisher, who took the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV and whose regular-season record is 173-165-1, with a 5-6 playoff record. Fisher is highly regarded by Jones and team vice president Stephen Jones, but Fisher’s three-year hiatus since being fired by the Los Angeles Rams in 2016 was a detriment to scheduling a formal interview."
It isn’t clear exactly what the Cowboys want with Fisher. Based on Mort’s report, it sure doesn’t sound like he’s a serious candidate, but perhaps Jones was asking Fisher for advice in his search?
While Fisher did have a lot of success with the Titans, including a run to Super Bowl XXXIV in which Tennessee lost to the St. Louis Rams in the big game, his tenure in Nashville didn’t end so well.
And, after moving on to coach the Rams in 2012, he failed to produce a single winning season and looked as though the game had passed him by. He was fired by the Rams in 2016 and hasn’t coached in the NFL since.
Fisher was 142-120 with the Oilers/Titans and made the playoffs six times in his 17-year tenure with the franchise, including four seasons of 12 wins or more, and the aforementioned trip to the Super Bowl.
He was just 31-45 in four-plus seasons with the Rams.
Since Fisher’s exit, the Titans have been through three head coaches and are currently on their fourth in head coach Mike Vrabel, who was successful in taking Tennessee to the playoffs in 2019 and earned a wild card win against the New England Patriots on Saturday night.