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Jeff Fisher: Hall of Famer?!?

On Sunday at LP Field against the Denver Broncos, Jeff Fisher will coach his 250th game with the Oilers/Titans franchise.

If it sounds otherwise insignificant then what’s about to be revealed to you will hit you harder than Will Witherspoon coming clean on the blitz for the fourth week in a row.

Only seven other men in league history have coached at least 250 games with the same team. ALL SEVEN ARE IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME.

Fisher joins names such as Halas, Noll, Landry and Shula. It’s a veritable NFL Rushmore.

“It’s actually the first I’ve heard of it, but of course it’s an honor to be mentioned,” Fisher said. “The players get the credit for the wins and often times we’ll take a little bit of the responsibility for the losses.  Again, I hate to say this, but this is just about the next opponent this week, but it is nice to be mentioned with those same names.”

These days, owners change coaches as often as they change ticket prices, making Fisher a unique animal in today’s NFL. He easily is the league’s longest-tenured coach. Philadelphia’s Andy Reid is second, and Fisher has five years on him.

Of the seven men on the list, only Shula (whose last year was 1995) and Noll (1991) coached into the 1990s. A couple of teams have had six coaches since Fisher took over the then-Houston Oilers in 1994.

Titans owner Bud Adams has stuck with Fisher. They’ve had a couple of touch-and-go moments, but for the most part those have been few and far between over the past 17 years.

“I’ve said this time and time and year after year, that’s where the credit goes to,” Fisher said. “He (Adams) understands this game very well, and he has surrounded each one of us with great people in this organization that are all pulling in the same direction.”

It all serves to beg the question: Is Fisher someday going to join the other seven in Canton? The coach has become a polarizing figure in Middle Tennessee. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of middle ground. His detractors will point to his lack of championships and his middling winning percentage (.554). It is, in fact, the lowest among the 20 winningest coaches in league history.

But that’s part of the conundrum with Fisher. It’s not a sparkling winning percentage, but there he is on the list of the 20 winningest coaches. He’s third in victories among active coaches, trailing only Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan.

Only one of the seven coaches with 250 games with the same team, Minnesota’s Bud Grant, never won a championship. But, Grant guided the Vikings to four Super Bowls and had a .622 winning percentage. As Titans fans are all too painfully aware, Fisher and his teams have been to only one Super Bowl. He hasn’t won a playoff game since 2003. Then again, if Kevin Dyson doesn’t come up a yard short in Super Bowl XXXIV the Titans coach already might have been considered a lock for a bronze bust.

Right now, today, Jeff Fisher probably wouldn’t make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But he’s hardly a Hail Mary away from serious consideration.

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  1. robert
    October 1, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I believe when it is all said and done coach fisher will be in the hall of fame. He has turned this team around numerous times and helped this team build when they arrived in nashville. Sure he might not have a super ring (yet) but look at the other coaches who never won a superbowl ring either…bud grant, chuck knox, and marv levi. besides how many coach have coached the same team for 17+ years? if it wasnt for coach fisher tennessee wouldnt be the team they are today. he would have my vote toward the hall of fame

  2. jchristopher
    October 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    ah, no…
    his tenure is impressive, but due more to the owner’s decision to keep him more than anything else…less patient owners would have fired Fisher dozens of times over by now…doesn’t make them right or Bud wrong, just a likely fact

    remember: its the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Outlasting the Other Guys…Fisher will need at least one ring to get HOF consideration, and he’s had difficulty getting out of the first round of the playoffs recently…until then, he’s Marty Schottenheimer 2.0…

  1. October 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

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