Jeff Fisher was the brunt of many jokes during his final years in the NFL, and it appears as though he could be carving out a similar path for himself as a USFL head coach.
On Friday night, Fisher’s Michigan Panthers were in search of their second win of the season as they took on the Philadelphia Stars. And it appeared as though they were going to get it, too!
Trailing by just one point, the Michigan offense was able to make it all the way down to the Philadelphia three-yard line with just 28 seconds remaining. However, rather than use his two timeouts to try and get his team into the end zone, Fisher decided to drain the clock and trot out his kicker for a 21-yard game-winning field-goal attempt.
Under normal circumstances, it would be the correct call. But these weren’t normal circumstances for the Panthers, as kicker Michael Carrizosa entered the game missing all three of his prior field-goal attempts, along with both of his extra point attempts. Sure, he had made his lone field-goal attempt earlier in the game (from 22-yards out) to get himself on the board for the season. But it should also be noted that Carrizosa was a punter in college, and entering the game he had not made a field goal since his senior year of high school.
Does that sound like the type of guy you want to decide the game for you? Most would say no, but not Jeff Fisher… And both he and his team paid dearly for it.
Final score: Philadelphia 26, Michigan 25.
The loss drops Fisher’s Panthers to 1-3 on the season. At this rate, 7-9 suddenly doesn’t seem so bad for the former head coach of the Titans and Rams.