NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher returns to Nissan Stadium for the first time on Sunday night as head coach of the St. Louis Rams.
Fisher spent 15 ½ seasons as head coach of the Titans. He joined the Rams for the 2012 season.
Here's what Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said about Fisher this week, along with what Fisher said about his return trip to Tennessee:
Whisenhunt on his relationship with Fisher**
"I know Jeff (Fisher), he was on the competition committee as an advisor when I was on it, so we spent some time together down there in Florida and plus at the meetings because he was there. We played golf together. He was very good when I got the job here about is there anything I can help you with or giving me information on the area. I feel like we have a good relationship."
Whisenhunt on Fisher coming back to Nashville
"I mean, listen, he's a good coach, he's been in this league a long time. I played against him before when he was here. I played against him when he was at St. Louis and I was in Arizona, so I have a lot of respect for him and his staff. They know how to prepare those guys and they're always a tough team to play."
Fisher on his thoughts going back to Tennessee
"You know, it's a preseason game and it's an opportunity for us to get better. I had great memories down there, but obviously it's been a while. I guess I'd say I'd rather go down there for a preseason game than a regular game, but we're looking forward to it. There's some other guys in addition to myself that have some special memories there."
Fisher on if he is expecting a warm ovation
"I don't know what to expect. I just know we're going to go down there, focus on trying to get better and play time and keep people healthy and playing hard. (Titans HC) Ken (Whisenhunt) has done a good job down there and they have an outstanding, young quarterback. So it'll be a good challenge for our defense."
Fisher on his favorite memories from his time with the Titans
"I have great memories. The thing reflecting back, it's the relationships with the players. All of the players that came through there, getting through the move process, the relocation process, and then the '99 season and the 2000 season, where I think we had a better team than we did in '99. It didn't work out for us. It's a great organization. I owe a tremendous amount to the Adams family for the opportunity. We won a lot of games down there."