Jeff Fisher says he won't be making his return to the sidelines with Houston's XFL team.
The former NFL coach shot down a report Thursday by CBS Sports indicating that he was "in line" for the position, saying on Twitter the claim was "false news." Fisher told Sports Illustrated he had been contacted by the league but had not agreed to a role with any team.
Fisher's last coaching job was with the Rams from 2012-16, as he compiled a 34-45-1 while overseeing the team's move from St. Louis to Los Angeles. He also led the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise from 1994, when he was named interim head coach after Jack Pardee was fired during the season, through 2010.
@JasonLaCanfora false news that I am headed to XFL Houston. Maybe get better sources? 🤣 Have a great Thursday. pic.twitter.com/X3cCYJOGPu
Fisher, who had served as a consultant for the Alliance of American Football before the league ceased operations earlier in April, told Sports Illustrated in a January story that he still hoped to coach in the NFL.
“You want to know if I’m sitting here waiting for my phone to ring, to have an NFL team call me? Maybe I’ll be hunting and fishing the rest of my life," Fisher said. "I’ve made my peace with it. But yeah, I’d love to coach again. I miss the players. I just want to get back to the players.
"I go back to what Bum Phillips said. ‘There are two kinds of coaches: Those who got fired and those who are going to get fired.’ You’re all going to get fired at some point. Not all, but 99%. It’s rare for a player or a coach to walk away on his own terms.”
The XFL has already announced multiple head coaches with NFL ties, including former Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman and former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn. The league is set to launch in 2020.
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