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Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:53 am
Edited on: January 4, 2012 1:54 pm
Jeff Fisher would reportedly be thrilled to land the Bears gig. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Jeff Fisher's the hottest name in coaching right now, likely getting his pick of open jobs around the NFL. But here's a spicy meatball: Fisher's top choice of NFL gigs isn't one that's open, as he reportedly has "always wanted" the Chicago Bears job.

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That's what Albert Breer of NFL Network reported on Tuesday night, and it's a bit of a stunner, though the connected dots do make some sense. For starters, Fisher was a Bear when he was in the NFL from 1981-1984. According to Breer, Fisher has "maintained a close relationship with ownership" since his playing time.

Additionally, Fisher's old offensive coordinator, the late Mike Heimerdinger, worked with current Bears quarterback in Denver ... where Cutler played only because Bud Adams forced the Titans to draft Vince Young over Cutler in 2006. (Also, re: Cutler; he played at Vanderbilt. Which is in Nashville. Which is where the Titans are. There's a connection here.)

Breer notes that Fisher is also "aware of the player Cutler has become" since leaving Denver. Ultimately, Cutler would satisfy Fisher's desire for a franchise quarterback at his next job. And the Bears defense is a pretty good building block to start with.

Just one problem: Lovie Smith's still coaching in Chicago. Despite firing their general manager, the Bears decided that Smith "will remain" as the coach of the organization. So there's no place for Fisher in Chicago right now, and Breer writes that it ultimately isn't something that's likely to happen, and the "more likely result" is Fisher landing with the Rams.

The Bears would need a significant swing in management -- a la Bill Polian -- in order to warrant that sort of drastic coaching change. But if the 2012 coaching carousel's taught us anything, it's that the unexpected is pretty normal and ruling anything out is foolish.

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Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:42 pm

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

I dont understand how people cannot understand that the Bears are playing nice with Lovie until the new GM comes in. The McCaskeys and Phillips of the world do not have the stones to fire Lovie, especially after their latest pressers singing his praises.

This is exactly what the Cubs did with Theo and Quade. The Cubs did nothing, were public in support of Quade and made its Theo's call/problem. 

The next GM of the Bears will do the same citing "philosophical differences" (thanks for that Martz)     

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:30 pm

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

No need to laugh. If you watch football, the healthy Bears were on a roll and playing well. It would've been a great game. Sounds like you're laughing with your heart and not your brain.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:52 pm

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

Dear Jeff Fisher,

Please wait one more year or at least wait until the Bears get a new guess is you could have this job soon if you were willing to wait a little more. 

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:44 pm

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

As for the Packers; I would have loved to have seen a healthy Bears team play them on Christmas. 
I had to laugh at this comment but it also made me wonder, has any other team in the history of the NFL lost to the same team 4 times in the same calendar year like the bears did to the packers in 2011? 

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:32 pm

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

The big loss for the Bears was losing Mike Martz
I strongly disagree. Mike Martz in his 2 years, both times started the season 2-3 because he was positive 7 step drops and a 65-35 pass to run ratio was a winning formula in Chicago. Both years he made the team look foolish and exposed huge holes in an average at best offensive line. Then He was told to make it more of a 50:50 ratio and bam.. both years a 5 game winning streak leading them to 7-3.  Everything you said about the injuries is no excuse is exactly right, which is why Angelo was fired, he wasnt worried about backups at any position and cant draft either. The Bears only have 1 QB on their roster that is of NFL caliber and once he got hurt the season is going to tank no matter who the coach is. There is a reason Todd Collins beat out Hanie last year as the backup, there is a reason the Bears ended the season with a high school teacher under center.  The Bears took a gamble and loss with their depth chart. Look at the WRs position, your opening day #1 is a career CB and return specialist.

Lovie Smith is on thin ice I would believe, he consistently proves he cant manage the clock, still hasnt figured out what is and what is not a call to challenge, and obviously cant judge the own talent on his roster.

But Martz is best suited for New Orleans, Atlanta, etc, A place where he is going to have full rein of an offense that is centered around their passing attack, play indoors, a half their games in perfect weather conditions. Lets dont forget, When Bulger got hurt and the "Fastest Show on Turf" was born, that Rams team was already built for the west coast offense and a passing attack.  Chicago just isnt built that way. There was a disconnect from front office to head coach to offensive coordinator both season Martz was there.. Angelo isnt getting the guys to run his style of offense, Lovie has always been a defense and run 1st kind of guy, and then you have Mike Martz, who likes nothing more then complicated blocking schemes, pre snap movement, and 5-7 step drops..

The Bears just dont have the roster for Mike Martz. They didnt have it last year, they didnt have it this year, and it wasnt coming anytime in the future..Martz had to "dumb" down his playbook both years he was there to accomidate the roster, that is why he left. Just imagine if you were a creative person and you were being harnesed. Martz was good for the Bears, he got them out of the Ron Turner system, but it was time for the Bears and Martz to both go their own way. Its what is best for everyone

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:21 pm

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

Fisher's best bet is the Rams. While they weren't good this year, Look at the division. Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals.. The division is an open one which means a team turnaround could mean a recurring visit to the playoffs with a division victory. Anyone taking the Miami job is spinning their wheels. Bills despite the mid season self destruction are still an improving team, and with the Patriots ruling the division with an iron fist and the Jets a solid contender knocking at the throne.. The Dolphins chances are slim.

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:18 pm

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

True about Vince Young, but he seemed to have a lot of other personal issues going on as well.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:07 pm

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

Would love to see Fisher in Chicago but that would mean getting rid of Lovie Smith which wouldn't be completly unwarranted after all the Bears were a hot 7-3 before Cutler went down and a horrid 1-5 down the stratch.  Going 1-5 because of the loss of the starting QB is not an excuse.  Back ups need to be ready move must be made and the head coach needs to inspire the rest of the team to step it up in the absense of the starting QB.  None of that happened.  The big loss for the Bears was losing Mike Martz.  Cutler, Forte and the rest of the offense were getting a good chemistry with Martz and to break it up is a step backwards for the Bears. 

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:01 pm

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

Huh?! Romo & 4th qtr magic. Bwahaha, good one. Doesn't belong in the same paragraph.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:58 pm

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

Who wants to have to face the Packers and Lions twice every year?  That's coaching suicide.
Are you freakin' serious?? Putting the Lions with the Packers??? That gifted team will be looking up at the Bears for years. As for the Packers; I would have loved to have seen a healthy Bears team play them on Christmas.

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