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Coughlin vs Fisher? What about Fox?

Posted on: November 6, 2008 11:11 am
 
The argument here should be non-existent. Fisher holds a career 123-99(.554) record while Coughlin holds a career 110-90(.550) record. Coughlin has made the playoffs 7 times to Fisher's 5(Going to be 8 to 6) They have both made one Super Bowl as head coaches, Coughlin winning his and Fisher inches away from forcing overtime in his.

Fun fact: In 1999 Coughlin's Jaguars were 14-2 and Fisher's Titans 13-3. They met in the AFC Championship game where the Titans destroyed the Jags 33-14. As well as the Jags two losses coming both at the hands of Fisher's Titans. Basically, Fisher knew exactly how to outcoach Coughlin's Jaguars, and he was the only coach in the NFL who did in 1999. I think that speaks volumes about how good Fisher is.

I would prefer Jeff Fisher over Tom Coughlin for a coach on my team just because I absolutely love the guy. Tom Coughlin has a slightly better track record. He got the job done against the legendary Patriots last year, and that was no easy task.

We can only hope that these two teams meet in the Super Bowl because these two coaches will be more than ready and the game would be a classic chess match between the two. They are and have been two of the best coaches in the NFL for years. It's hard to keep churning out winning teams in the NFL, there's too many changes that go on. But these two guys have managed to do it.

I would like to take time to mention another coach I think should be in the discussion. John Fox. John Fox's worst season as a head coach was his first.... at 7-9, in 2002(With Rodney Peete starting).
In 2003 the Panthers finished 11-5 and made it to the Super Bowl, losing to the Patriots by a field goal in what was one of the best Super Bowls I have seen.
In 2004 they finished 7-9, while their running game had to be led by that of Nick Goings(a third string RB to start the season), and Steve Smith sat out the season with injury.
In 2005, The Panthers regained their smashmouth form and finished 11-5. All without a solid 2nd receiver. Oh.. the Panthers also slaughtered Coughlin's Giants 23-0 in the first round of the playoffs. Eventually the Panthers lost to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game.
In 2006 they were mediocre, finishing 8-8. Delhomme was injured for three games and they really never looked good all season.
Then in 2007 Delhomme went down for the year after an injury in week 3. They were 2-1 with him in there and never got in a consistent groove after he got injured, finishing 5-8 without him and starting 3 different QBs in his place, none of whom held a QB rating higher than 67.0. Another stat that really shows the major downswing was that in those 13 games Testaverde, Carr, and Moore combined for 11 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. In three games Jake Delhomme had 8 touchdowns and 1 interception.
The Panthers brought back Muhsin Muhammed to step back in as the #2 receiver behind Steve Smith. With Delhomme healthy and the running game back, the Panthers are a serious threat in the NFC again and are definitely a scary team heading towards the second half of the season.

All three of these men are amazing coaches and I enjoy the style of play they coach over fancy offensive teams. I love smashmouth football and these guys do it better than anyone out there. Except Bill Cowher. Obviously.

Category: NFL
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2008 11:17 am
 

Coughlin vs Fisher? What about Fox?

Oh definitely winning the Super Bowl is the ultimate. Let's give Fox another 7 years like the other two for him to get a Super Bowl, though as it took Coughlin 13 years to get his first Super Bowl as a head coach. Maybe Fisher will win one this year and Fox in the next few. Then the debate will really heat up!



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2008 10:40 pm
 

Coughlin vs Fisher? What about Fox?

good points but winning the super bowl is always the tie breaker! winning it against an un defeated team is even more impressive! fox..another giants coach is also very good! titans should win AFC lets see before we give him any titles! NFC is tougher...NFC EAST is insane!! coughlin deserves this!




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2008 12:47 pm
 

Coughlin vs Fisher? What about Fox?

Ah fifth string. My bad there. Yea people don't seem to appreciate John Fox as a coach. But in seventh season now and his worst record overall for a season is 7-9. That's still competitive especially given the obstacles some of his teams have faced. Major injuries to star players in a couple of those years and another 7-9 year with a quarterback who had no business being in the NFL.



Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2008 11:49 am
 

Coughlin vs Fisher? What about Fox?

Nicely done, appreciate the love for Fox - doesn't get enough attention (and people were calling for his head at the beginning of the season).

Also, Nick Goings was the 5th string running back in '04 though (still amassed five 100+ yard games that year).



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