Fisher gets fired in Miami, but it totally wasn’t fair, per league sources.
A young team and officials conspire again the next season against Fisher’s Dolphins. They finish 7-9. He stands on a convincing Week 10 win over the Patriots as a clear sign of progress.
We’re close, real close. I feel better about where this team’s at than any other squad I’ve coached, Fisher sells the media at his year-end press conference.
But despite drafting more even defensive linemen and spare part running backs in the next two years, Fisher never gets the Dolphins better than the 8-8 record in his first season there. After a 4-12 finish in 2014, he’s fired.
As recently as the 1980s, the number of touchdowns and interceptions used to be close to even on an annual basis. Oftentimes, the interception total was slightly higher.
Eight quarterbacks threw more than 20 interceptions in the 1985 season — including Phil Simms, Dan Fouts, and Dan Marino, who each made the Pro Bowl that year. But in 2017, DeShone Kizer was the only passer to finish the year with more than 20 interceptions, and that was a big reason why the Browns couldn’t win a game.
Rule changes over the last few decades have made it more difficult to defend the pass. Couple that with NFL offenses prioritizing efficiency more and more, and it’s no wonder there are declining turnover numbers.
And if we’re going to be that ground and pound team, then I think that plays exactly into his strengths. And again, he worked his butt off and he earned the reps that he’s getting now. And everybody knows Brett. Brett was starting last year, he brings that toughness and that same type of strength to the line, but he also can move. Halapio can move, too. That’s an interesting battle that I’ve been watching myself, just to see the guys rotating in and rotating out. So, I get to watch it firsthand.
These lists are mostly independent of current coaches, owners, and front offices, but let’s make two exceptions: one for a coach who used to recruit a bunch of five-stars to his Pac-10 powerhouse, and one for Washington owner Dan Snyder, who is Dan Snyder.
Remember where the good football players come from: mostly California, Texas, and the South. Did I mention that Texas has no state income tax? Pretty good. Plus, players would probably like big markets, as we see often in the NBA. So, that gives us …
The Seahawks, because they and their city are cool, and Pete Carroll already engages in college-style recruiting to land UDFAs. Plus, there are no NCAA violations in the NFL.