Jeff Fisher’s medi­ocrity worth 2 days

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - Com­piled by Ja­son Yates

Dough­nut Hole Day. Wooden Roller Coaster Day. Wear One Sock to Work Day.

It seems ev­ery­thing has a spe­cific day ded­i­cated to it, but for­mer Los An­ge­les Rams coach Jeff Fisher is spe­cial: He might just have two.

Last year around this time on the HBO pre­sea­son re­al­ity show

Hard Knocks, Fisher ranted to his Rams’ play­ers about how the fran­chise wasn’t go­ing 7-9.

He turned out to be right: The Rams ac­tu­ally went 4-12, with Fisher com­pil­ing a 4-9 record be­fore be­ing fired mid­sea­son. Be­fore last sea­son, Fisher’s 22-year head coach­ing ca­reer in­cluded a whole bunch of 7-9 and 8-8 sea­sons.

That led some peo­ple on so­cial me­dia to de­clare Tues­day that Aug. 8 was Jeff Fisher Day: Af­ter all, his teams fin­ished 8-8 five times (1996, 1997, 1998, 2006 and 2009 with the Ten­nessee Ti­tans).

The only prob­lem was many more had cel­e­brated Jeff Fisher Day on July 9: His teams fin­ished 7-9 four times (1995 and 2001 with the Ti­tans; 2013 and 2015 for the Rams).

The Twit­ter­verse de­bate will rage on, but Fisher’s first sea­son with the Rams in 2012 was a piv­otal year in the con­tro­versy. On Nov. 11 of that year, San Fran­cisco kicker David Ak­ers’ 33yard field goal with three sec­onds re­main­ing forced an over­time with the Rams. No one scored in the ex­tra pe­riod, and the Rams fin­ished that sea­son 7-8-1.

If the 49ers would have won, Jeff Fisher Day would be a real co­nun­drum. In­stead, 8-8 is the dom­i­nant record on Fisher’s re­sume.

So un­less Fisher gets an­other gig in the NFL, Aug. 8 is the true day to cel­e­brate coach­ing medi­ocrity.

AP file photo

For­mer NFL coach Jeff Fisher’s medi­ocrity can be cel­e­brated on two days, but only one should count.

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