Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/14/12

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 15: Jeff Fisher, head coach of the Tennessee Titans looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a preseason NFL game at LP Field on August 15, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Jeff Fisher, the most desired coach for hire in the NFL, waited and negotiated as long as he could for the Miami Dolphin coaching job. Instead, the former head coach of the Tennessee Titans went to the very team that beat his beloved Titans in the Super Bowl over a decade ago.

As for Miami, the Dolphins are left pondering where they went wrong, too stubborn to realize that Tennessee made the same mistake that led to Fisher’s departure from Nashville just last January.

Fisher started as Tennessee's interim head coach when they were still known as the Houston Oilers. The team improved dramatically in his first year, and in the following two drafts, the Oilers drafted quarterback Steve McNair and running back Eddie George.

After changing the team name in 1999, the Titans set a new franchise record with a 13-3 record. Fisher made his first playoff appearance and with the help of “The Music City Miracle”, the Titans advanced to the franchise’s only Super Bowl appearance. The following year, Tennessee again finished 13-3 and looked poised to take home the Super Bowl crown until they were upset by the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.

Some tougher years ensued after that for Fisher; the Titans did return to playoffs in 2002 and 2003 with an AFC Championship game appearance in 2002, but Tennessee didn’t finish with a winning record the next three seasons. After Fisher’s worst season as a head coach in 2005 (4-12), owner Bud Adams wanted to draft quarterback Vince Young. Fisher knew at the time Young was too much of a project, both mentally and physically, for his liking, but the Titans selected Young third overall anyway.

From there on, the Titans became Young’s team instead of Fisher’s, and Young took them on a difficult ride from suicidal depressions to convenient store rages. Four years after Young was picked, neither he nor Fisher remained in Tennessee.

Now after one year off, Fisher is ready to return to coaching in the NFL. But he returned unwilling to have a stronger say in deciding personnel. He kept that in mind this week when choosing between Miami and St. Louis.

Despite the fact that St. Louis has a more talented quarterback, stronger running back, a better foundation on defense and a higher draft pick this year, Fisher seemed to be leaning towards Miami. He gave them until the end of the week to tell him what he wanted, which wasn’t the full GM title, he just wanted the final say in shaping the roster.

But just like the Titans, the Dolphins’ organization was too stubborn to waive some power for the good of the franchise.

So, the Rams won the Jeff Fisher sweepstakes, and the Dolphins will keep searching for the right puppet to come along. Then in a few years when there hasn’t been enough improvement, Miami will blame him for all their wrongdoings. 
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