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Report: 2 teams have reached out to Jeff Fisher

Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:16 pm
 
Jeff Fisher could return to the sidelines in 2012. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last week, Jack Del Rio became the first head coach to get canned this NFL season. He won't be the last. In fact, by the time the offseason rolls around, there could be up to 10 teams looking for new coaches.

One name mentioned at the top of most lists: Jeff Fisher, the longtime coach with the Oilers and Titans who was fired last offseason. Over the weekend there were reports that any interest he might have in the Chargers job (which almost certainly will be vacant the moment Norv Turner puts the finishing touches on another disappointing campaign) will hinge on whether general manager A.J. Smith is relieved of his duties, too.

Now that we're three-quarters of the way through the 2011 season, clubs have begun making plans for 2012. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, two teams have reached out to Fisher about possible coaching opportunities.

"The Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, and St. Louis Rams could be possible destinations for Fisher," La Canfora wrote Monday. "Fisher has very strong ties to ownership in Dallas and New York; San Diego is the closest thing to a hometown team; and St. Louis' front office has ties to him as well, with Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff's father, Marv Demoff, being Fisher's longtime agent."

On Sunday, we posted a list of current coaches on the hot seat:

* Norv Turner (4-7)
* Steve Spagnuolo (2-10)
* Jim Caldwell (0-12)
* Tony Sparano (4-8)
* Todd Haley (5-7)
* Tom Coughlin (6-6)
* Andy Reid (4-8)
* Raheem Morris (4-8)
* Leslie Frazier (2-10)

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has since said that Frazier's job is safe, and there's a report that Reid can stick around if he dumps offensive coordinator Juan Castillo. But there's a good chance the other teams above could be in the market for new coaches (although we can't understand why Coughlin would be fired -- he's done well given all the injuries the Giants have endured this season).

Whatever happens, there's a good chance Fisher is back on the sidelines in 2012.

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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Report: 2 teams have reached out to Jeff Fisher

owner Zygi Wilf has since said that Frazier's job is safe, and there's a report that Reid can stick around ."  Last time I checked, Juan Castillo is coaching the defense (even says so in the article that supports the hyperlink).



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Report: 2 teams have reached out to Jeff Fisher

I find it interesting that nobody ever mentions Washington in the 'coaches in danger' articles.  Is Shanahan really that safe?  I can't imagine that Snyder is content with the way things have gone over the past 2 years, and he's never been a very patient guy where coaches are concerned.


I doubt they would fire Shanahan so soon.  I believe he's the highest paid coach in the NFL, or if not the highest close to it anyway. Snyder signed him to a 5 year deal for 35 million dollars, and unlike player contracts the coaches money is guaranteed.  He's only in his second year so Snyder would be out 21 million for the last 3 years on a coach....  I know he's rich but owners don't recruit big name coaches to sign them to 5 year deals and pay them out after two. 



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Report: 2 teams have reached out to Jeff Fisher

Washington is never mentioned because no decent coach wants to go to that graveyard.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Report: 2 teams have reached out to Jeff Fisher

I find it interesting that nobody ever mentions Washington in the 'coaches in danger' articles.  Is Shanahan really that safe?  I can't imagine that Snyder is content with the way things have gone over the past 2 years, and he's never been a very patient guy where coaches are concerned.

I'd be curious to hear from someone who lives in the D.C. area and follows the Redskins closely.  Is the feel around there that the Shanahan family is safe for another season?



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