Jeff Fisher’s mediocrity worth 2 days
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.
Former NFL coach Jeff Fisher’s mediocrity can be celebrated on two days, but only one should count.