In 1997 (8-8) and 1998 (8-8), Fisher guided a team that was in a state of transition and laid the groundwork for the success that was to come.
As the team arrived in Tennessee, two young stars began to take control as third-year quarterback Steve Mc Nair took over a starting role and second-year running back Eddie George became a workhorse.
The circumstances that surrounded the team between 19 helped bond the team and form an identity of strength and the ability to overcome.
Entering this season, he ranks 20th on the NFL’s career head coaching wins list and third among active coaches (Belichick, 163; Shanahan, 154).
Over the last 11 seasons (1999-2009), Fisher has guided the franchise to six playoff appearances – only three teams (Indianapolis, Philadelphia and New England) have more appearances during that time.
Fisher and the Titans defeated AFC Central champion Jacksonville three times in 1999, handing the Jaguars their only losses.
As a Wild Card team, the Titans had the most difficult route to the Super Bowl.