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Former head coach Jeff Fisher misses ‘competing on Sundays’

Jeff Fisher may never get another NFL head-coaching job again, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the itch to go out there and compete.

When asked about former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith saying that he was “finished” coaching after being fired from his post as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator, Fisher did some self-reflection:

“That happens and I wish Mike the best,” Fisher said, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “None of us leave on our own terms. But we can make those decisions, what’s best for us. I feel good. Recharged. I miss the relationship with the players and competing on Sundays.”

Fisher last coached in 2016, when he was fired by the Los Angeles Rams after a 4-9 mark through 13 games. He spent nearly five seasons as Rams coach, arriving in 2012. However, Fisher never once posted a winning record with the Rams franchise, going 31-45-1 overall.

The 60-year-old earned his first head-coaching job with the Houston Oilers in 1994, taking over with six games left in the season. After three seasons, the Oilers became the Tennessee Titans, and during the 1999-00 campaign Fisher led the Titans to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, they fell short in a classic battle against the Rams.

Fisher coached the Titans all the way through 2010, going 142-120 with six playoff appearances.

Prior to becoming a head coach, Fisher served as an assistant for the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Rams and San Francisco 49ers. He earned his first NFL coaching job all the way back in 1985 as a Bears defensive assistant.