Chiefs Interview With Fisher Falls Flat

We’ve learned that last week at the offices of Hunt Sports Group in Dallas, former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher sat down for an interview with the Chiefs about their open head coaching job.

Scheduled to last all afternoon, the meeting broke up after a bit more than two hours when Fisher said good bye. He later indicated he was not interested in being the head coach of the Chiefs.

Meeting with Fisher were team chairman Clark Hunt, GM Scott Pioli, assistant GM Joel Collier and Ryan Petkopf, a vice of president of something or other with the Hunt Sports Group.

Right now, Fisher appears to be the leading candidate in both Miami and St. Louis to become their next head coach. With the Dolphins he met on Tuesday with owner Stephen Ross, GM Jeff Ireland and former Chiefs President and GM Carl Peterson who is serving as an adviser to Ross.

According to ESPN, the Chiefs will interview Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin Wednesday evening in an unknown location. Philbin does not call the offensive plays for the Packers; that’s done by head coach Mike McCarthy.


21 Responses to “Chiefs Interview With Fisher Falls Flat”

  • January 4, 2012  - el cid says:

    Site is nuts today.

    Bob, you are aces to me but….The Chiefs have not talked to local guys for three years. All of a suddent they tell you they talked to Fisher, who was there, and after 2 hours Fisher decided he had no interest in coaching in KC. Sound fishy to you, does to me.

    To me they invited Fisher for a talk, notified him it was the Clark/Pioli way or the hiway. Free agents acquisition is Pioli’s job and Cassel is the QB no matter what. Then Fisher ran, don’t walk out of town to look at a real team. MIA took him around in a helicopter to show him and themselves off, not the Pioli’s Chiefs. No point in spending money on fuel for a guy they were not going after anyway.


  • January 4, 2012  - jim says:

    Intuative enough for me, el cid. I’m down with that explaination.

    Philbin sounds ok, but I’d guess he’d be calling plays in KC. Just a thought. Not sure how comfortable Romeo is, or whether he would abdicate those duties to Philbin or Zorn(maybe).


  • January 4, 2012  - Anonymous says:

    Fisher wanted no part of Hunt & Pioli’s BS. It would seem to me if a big name clearly won’t come due to the restrictive environment, your choice is a coordinator or college coach. A college coach would be a crazy move. Romeo is the best coordinator candidate for the head coach job. Have him hire an O-coordinator. If he does reasonably well, he doesn’t have a long wait to possibly have an opportunity to coach here because Romeo won’t be “in the game” that many more years. The smart thing to do would be to tell Muir he’s not going to be the O-coordinator & allow him the freedom to choose going back to coaching the o-line or retiring. He’s earned the right to make that choice. This way people know there is an opening for O-Coord & O-line should he retire.


  • January 4, 2012  - TimR says:

    Fisher wanted no part of Hunt & Pioli’s BS. It would seem to me if a big name clearly won’t come due to the restrictive environment, your choice is a coordinator or college coach. A college coach would be a crazy move. Romeo is the best coordinator candidate for the head coach job. Have him hire an O-coordinator. If he does reasonably well, he doesn’t have a long wait to possibly have an opportunity to coach here because Romeo won’t be “in the game” that many more years. The smart thing to do would be to tell Muir he’s not going to be the O-coordinator & allow him the freedom to choose going back to coaching the o-line or retiring. He’s earned the right to make that choice. This way people know there is an opening for O-Coord & O-line should he retire.


  • January 4, 2012  - txchief says:

    I’m not sure what the “Hunt and Pioli BS” is, but I am very interesting in seeing who the coaches wind up being, and what free agents arrive this offseason. There sure are alot of conspiracy theories around here. I’d rather read analyses of prospective free agent and draft prospect than future ad hominen attacks on the management and ownership of the team. That issue has been beaten into the ground on this site.


  • January 4, 2012  - txchief says:

    “ad hominem”


  • January 4, 2012  - Michael says:

    Interesting choice of words “fell flat.” This gives the impression the Chiefs were doing everything they could to hire Fisher, but he didn’t like anything he heard and left. Fact or conjeture? Maybe the parties sat down and discussed the situation, and simply agreed it wasn’t workable for any of them. Fisher is a good coach and players love him, but he is a hotter comodity than his record warrents. It is equaled or exceeded by many others-Brian Billick, for one. The fact that Pioli has a great deal of control and Hunt wants it that way is not a bad thing in and of itself. I don’t see a problem as long as Pioli builds a winning roster that can win consistently over a long period of time. It will take personnel moves far better than Pioli has made so far; we all know that. But, if that’s the position Pioli is going to be in, the best scenerio is for him to have a coach he is in sync with, so they can work towards their common goal. RAC appears to be the best candidate so far from what I’ve heard, but there certianly could be others. No one should be surprised if it’s someone who is willing and able to work with a strong GM, though. We all knew that. I’m just saying given the position of Pioli, it would be pointless to bring in a coach he would butt heads with.


  • January 4, 2012  - ED J says:

    Any Chiefs fan that assume Fisher would come here or Cowher or Gruden are dreaming. None of those head coaches are going to places where QB is suspect. And if you’re putting Cassel or Orton in QB competition that means you don’t have QB. Nothing to do with Pioli and all that crap. Its more to do with we don’t have QB. Fisher not going to Dolphins because of the same situation. He’s more likely to land with Colts or Rams. Same with Cowher or Gruden.


  • January 4, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    All good points. I’m inclined to agree with txchief regarding beating a dead horse even if we don’t agree on the particulars. The owner and GM aren’t going to hire somebody who won’t do things their way and a coach with Fisher’s credentials isn’t going to put himself in a situation he’s not comfortable with or that leaves him with less control than he feels he needs. My guess is Bob has more inside information than is public knowledge but who knows. What we do know is the rest of us are speculating with our own biased perspectives. To say that Fisher is overrated is to ignore his past success and the fact he is the top candidate for two other head coaching jobs. The fact is he’s a proven head coach that has shown he can get it done over an extended career in the NFL. I like Romeo and figure maybe he’s the best fit at this point but he certainly hasn’t shown in his past stint as HC the resume you would look for if he was applying from outside the organization. I think he’s an excellent defensive coordinator which appeals to me. I also hope he will show in his second go round as HC that he’s learned and can take the personnel Pioli gives him and make the team successful over the long haul. We’ll see but obviously for whatever reason Fisher and/or the Chiefs braintrust didn’t see a fit and that’s also a fact and not conjecture. So we move on and see what’s next.


  • January 4, 2012  - Niblick says:

    Jack Harry reported a couple of weeks ago that Fisher wasn’t interested in this job, primarily because of the unsettled quarterback situation. I usually take his reports with a grain of salt, but I think his sources were correct on this issue. I think the Philbin interview was just Pioli doing his due diligence. I think Crennel will get th job and I’m good with that. I’m nore intereseted in who he hires as OC. McDaniels may be staying with the Rams. At least that’s what’s been reported.


  • January 4, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    How many Caucasians have to be interviewed before the most qualified candidate (Romeo) can be offered the job?


  • January 4, 2012  - ED J says:

    Don’t underestimate interview with Philbin I can see him coming here being OC. He doesn’t call plays in Green Bay Mike Mcarthy does. So I think he would love to come here and be the play caller.


  • January 4, 2012  - Report: Chiefs Interviewed Jeff Fisher Last Week says:

    [...] of course shortly after that news comes down that the Chiefs interviewed Fisher. Bob Gretz has the full story and all the details at BobGretz.com but, unfortunately for those of you who want Fisher, the report states nothing materialized beyond [...]


  • January 4, 2012  - Report: Chiefs Interviewed Jeff Fisher Last Week says:

    [...] of course shortly after that news comes down that the Chiefs interviewed Fisher. Bob Gretz has the full story and all the details at BobGretz.com but, unfortunately for those of you who want Fisher, the report states nothing materialized beyond [...]


  • January 4, 2012  - el cid says:

    The Rooney Rule is about minority hiring, only.

    Think Pioli could announce Crennel hiring without any other interviews. But we need to go thru the charade of interviewing “quality” coaches. This Fisher meeting is just that action. After all, look at the posts, it is fine with all those guys. So hire Crennel,if he fails to bad, if he succeeds, Pioli did what is correct. Everyone is happy.


  • January 4, 2012  - JB says:

    Oohh nice shot cychief24!


  • January 4, 2012  - JB says:

    Well gee it seems this NFL affirmative action initiative is working well don’t you think…..you know the one where competence and performance trumps color… oh wait….


  • January 4, 2012  - Kenneth says:

    So Fisher told Pioli “no thanks”, can’t say that I blame him given the circumstances with a defective upper managment of Hunt and Pioli. And no doubt he was told that Pioli would have total control.


  • January 4, 2012  - rufus says:

    Fisher is the TOP CANDIDATE in the HC sweepstakes — anyone thinking he’d coach the over achieving Chiefs needs to sit back and listen to others that know what the hell they’re talking about.

    You got Pioli because the position is non critical to fans. hell, most fans have no idea how long CP was whiffing with every draft swing and FA signing. but the HC and any coaching job here is a frightening & perhaps career killing move.

    NO WAY IS A TOP CANDIDATE COMING TO KC anytime soon.

    You fans have yourselves to thank for that.


  • January 5, 2012  - Chuck says:

    Rufus; Why do you say “you fans have yourselves to thank for that”???? Why is it the fans fault???? Your comment makes NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. Regarding Piglioi, I think he’s an arrogant ass that will be difficult to work for. Just ask Todd Haley. He reminds me of a “control freak”. Most people will avoid those kind of situations. Romeo will probably get the job. But Iam not sure he is really the right man for the job. Ever hear the term, getting it by default???


  • January 5, 2012  - RW says:

    Txchief brings the word ad hominem to the issue of the moment. Nice. There is some of that but leaning on past experiences and history of hires does add a bit of intellect to the discussion.

    Overall, my view is based on old fashioned frustration for an owner unwilling to spend the money on better free agent players and a GM who has been a major disappointment on any number of fronts. In the overall scheme of things, whatever the Chiefs do or don’t do is not life changing to most of us.

    The follower of the team, the fan in me cares about such things but the person knows the Chiefs could care less about me if I had some personal crisis. THAT is perspective and a bit of reality.

    Meantime, if Jr. Hunt & Pioli deserve a strong rebuke for their decisions/actions, and they do, I say to all, let it rip.




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