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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
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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: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:34 pm
 

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

Would make sense. Guppy was a Bears DB and still had some ties to the city. He would be a definite improvement. But I would love to see him at Indy. Get rid of the Lovie Smith clone in Jim Caldwell. And for all you idiots that post on here, that is not a racist comment. It means that Caldwell shows no emotions, just like Lovie. I hated when Tony Dungy retired. That hurt the Colts morethan anything. With all that being said, Jeff Fisher would be great addition to any team.  Young, energetic, and smart.



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:18 pm
 

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

What are the Bears waiting for ?   


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Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:14 pm
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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:11 pm
 

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

I love all these people claiming Fisher is overrated. Fisher just happened to be the coach in the same division at the same time as Peyton Manning. You know, one of the best QB of all time. Also overrated, every coach for the Jags, and Texans. Or for that matter, every coach for the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins during Tom Brady's reign in the AFC east. Hard to be considered a good coach coaching against one of the most dominant QB's of all time with Vince Young,Billy Volek, and Kerry Collins. He did pretty well with McNair if I remember right. I wish the Colts would fire Caldwell and hire him in an instant. 
But his record is mediocre even outside of those 2 games a year against Peyton Manning, and you have to remember the rest of that division was always very weak. Those 2 games against Peyton are balanced out by the 4 games that should be free. Also I don't think they were even in the same division as the Colts for half of Fisher's tenure, as I seem to remember them being in another division until the realignment.

The Jets, Bills and Dolphins have not had good coaches since BB took over either, so they are poor examples for your argument. The NFCE has had pretty good coaches in the past and they kept knocking each other off. Right now in the NFL the good coaches are kind of spread out, there isn't a division that comes to mind that has more than 2 good coaches. The NFCE again probably has the most good coaches, especially when Shanahan gets the Redskins sorted out, and Garrett grows more into the job. Then they'll probably take turns knocking each other off and barely getting into the playoffs, then going on a big run (like the Giants are poised to do this year, and the Eagles could have likely done if they made it as well).



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:08 pm
 

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

It doesn't matter who coaches the Bears.  The Bears are getting old on defense.  All they have on offense is Cutler and Forte.  The NFC North will be dominated by the Packers for years to come.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

I'm not gonna throw   Lovie Smith completely under the bus  because his record speaks for itself.  He has done well with what he has in talent with the bears.  Being a Bear fan, I do hate the Cover 2 defense.  I would love to see Jeff Fisher get the Bear job and bring back the type of defense that Chicago Bear fans are used to seeing and that is the quarterback running for his life.   Bring back the 46 defense!




Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:59 am
 

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

So, you think that Cutler has a bigger attitude than Vince Young?  Pahhhhhhhhhlease . . . . you are talking about a man that is a back-up QB that nicknamed his own team the dream team.  I think that tells you enough about Vince YOung.  




Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:58 am
 

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

So, you think that Cutler has a bigger attitude than Vince Young?  Pahhhhhhhhhlease . . . . you are talking about a man that is a back-up QB that nicknamed his own team the dream team.  I think that tells you about Vince YOung. 




Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:52 am
 

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

Oh and If Fisher thought Young had an attitude problem then he would never be able to handle Cutler.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:50 am
 

Report: Jeff Fisher has 'always wanted' Bears job

Lovie Smith is 71-57  appeared in 1 SB and 2 NFC championship games  he is 3-3 in the playoffs.

Jeff Fisher is 146 - 120 appeared in 1 SB and 2 AFC championship games  he is 5-6 in the playoffs.

They are about even in the stats catagory. Where they differ is in how they interact with the players. Lovie has a great rapport with the Chicago players, never have heard about him having any problems with any of them.  Fisher had well documented problems with several players, the most prominent being Vince Young. Young was not a bad QB for the Titans, Fisher kept trying to turn Young into something he was not and Young objected. Fisher was taking it out on Young for having the owner force him to draft him instead of Cutler, the QB Fisher wanted. This is what eventually led to him not coaching the Titans anymore. Lovie Smith is by far the more desirable coach.


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