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Doug Farrar
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Doug Farrar

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Could Fisher Fix America?

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In these trying and uncertain times, America is in need of a President who can deal with changing situations, consistently finding success no matter the obstacles. A President unafraid to hit the "reset" button when things aren't working. A president involved in administration at the highest levels -- expert in the debate and implementation of rule and law. Someone who can make the tough calls and balance the budget without going under.

There's nobody better in the NFL than Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.

Since taking his current position in 1994 (someone's gonna have to tell him about term limits!), Fisher has revived the Oilers/Titans three times. First, the team he inherited was a 2-14 disaster undone by disastrous personnel management at the start of the salary cap era. Fisher took the job ten games on, went 1-5 that first year, 7-9 in his second, and 8-8 in his third. Just as the Houston Oilers looked like a team once again on the verge of contention, the move to Tennessee happened before the 1997 season. Fisher kept his team playing .500 ball under circumstances that would have taken lesser coaches apart.

Once the franchise settled in after two years as the nomadic Tennessee Oilers and became the Titans, everyone looked up and realized that Fisher had helped to build a potential champion. The 1999 Titans went 13-3 in the regular season and came one agonizing yard away from a Super Bowl overtime against the Rams, and the 2000 team matched that regular season record before losing to the Ravens in the divisional frame. From 1999 through 2003, the Titans had only one losing season -- a 7-9 record in 2001 in which Fisher's team was beset by injuries. More injuries led to a 5-11 record in 2004, and the 2005 season saw a reckoning of sorts, as the Titans were the youngest team in the NFL after blowing up the roster due to more salary cap issues. They took the hard pill and were back in the playoffs in two years, despite residence in the NFL's toughest division in 2007.

The fact that the current Titans team stands at 7-0 is a testament to Fisher's acumen when it comes to building and rebuilding. In addition, his longtime position as co-chair of the NFL's Competition Committee gives him experience in the political side of the game.

If America were ever forced to draw from the NFL's coaching ranks to fill a presidential vacancy, Fisher would be the best candidate. More than anyone else in his current position, he's displayed the foresight and keen analytical sense required to fix what ails this country.

By Doug Farrar  |  October 31, 2008; 11:31 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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