NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jeff Fisher doesn't keep a cot in his
office, even though he has slept on the leather couch a few times.
"I come to work, go home," he said. "I'm going to be at a
high school football game on Friday night, take my vacation time.
It is a very complicated, sophisticated, complex -- and I think
other people would say pressure-oriented -- business," Fisher said.
Fisher, who turns 50 in February, has come to understand what it
takes to be an NFL coach. And none of it is easy.
"You come to get used to it. I think where you fail is when you
become complacent. You have to respect it, and the thing that
motivates me and is no different from what motivates anyone else is
the fear of failure. You have to do everything you possibly can.
You can't ever become complacent."
With Bill Cowher leaving Pittsburgh, no coach has been with his
team longer than Fisher heading into his 13th season. Not bad for a
man first promoted to this job for the final six games in 1994 with
a 2-14 team.
Fisher has survived everything from lame-duck status to
relocation that forced him to coach in four stadiums in four