Five years after he was fired by the Los Angeles Rams, the last time he was officially working with a football team, Jeff Fisher is back in the game. Kind of. Fisher will serve as an advisor at Tennessee State, which recently hired former NFL running back Eddie George to be their next head coach. Fisher drafted George to play for the Houston Oilers in 1996 and the next year the team moved to Tennessee.
Now George is the head coach at Tennessee State, a program that dates back to 1912, and it was a phone call with Fisher that convinced him to take the job despite no coaching experience.
Tennessee State hired former NFL RB Eddie George as coach, banking on him to revive the program. He explains calling former Titans coach Jeff Fisher and asking him about the wisdom of taking the job.— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) April 14, 2021
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Fisher was the head coach of the Oilers/Titans from 1995 to 2010, then with the St. Louis/LA Rams from 2012 to 2016. George last played in 2004 and has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.
Tennessee State went 2-5 last season, only winning one game by two points and another by one point. Clearly, George and Fisher have a lot of work left to do to get them to 7-9.