SI: Which opposing player causes you the most headaches when
you're game-planning late into the night?
Fisher: A mobile quarterback with an accurate arm. But it's
different preparing for some teams. When we played the Saints
last month, the player who concerned us very, very much was
[return specialist] Michael Lewis.
SI: Keeping your job as coach of one team for 10 years is hard
enough to do, but how did you survive the
Houston-Memphis-Nashville franchise fiasco?
Fisher: I've been fortunate enough to be surrounded by good
people in all our departments. They keep their egos in check and
care only about winning.
October 19, 2003
SI: You're a cochair of the NFL competition committee. Penalties
are up this year. Are officials being too picky?
Fisher: We have to see what trends develop long-term, but it
could be that the change in philosophy to a crew concept has
caused penalties to increase. Whole crews are evaluated, not just
SI: Favorite movie?
Fisher: Field of Dreams. I'm fascinated with baseball history,
and I love the relationship between father and son.
SI: Best sports event you've seen?
Fisher: My son Brandon's Christ Presbyterian Academy championship
football game last year. They started the season 0-3 but made it
all the way to the title game, blew a late lead, then won in
overtime. He was a sophomore defensive back and made a bunch of
tackles. What a game. My heart was in my throat, and it was
different for me: I couldn't blitz, couldn't make any calls,
couldn't do anything. But I loved every minute of it.