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Fisher understands Smith’s decision, but he wants to coach again

Jeff Fisher, who coached one of the two teams in Atlanta’s last Super Bowl in 2000, wants to return to the sidelines.

Fisher, whose Tennessee Titans lost to the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV and most recently coached the Los Angeles Rams, is enjoying mini-retirement in Nashville and is serving as a consultant for the Alliance of American Football league.

The 60-year-old Fisher weighed in on the announcement on SiriusXM NFL radio by 59-year-old Mike Smith, the former Falcons coach and Tampa Bay defensive coordinator fired during the 2018 season, that he was “finished” coaching.

“That’ happens and I wish Mike the best,” Fisher said on Wednesday. “None of us leave on our own terms. But we can make those decisions, what’s best for us. I feel good. Recharged. I miss the relationship with the players and competing on Sundays.”

Fisher coached the Rams from 2012-16 and had to oversee their move from St. Louis back to Los Angeles.

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The Rams are set to play the Saints in the NFC Championship game at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. 

“I’m really happy for the players that we brought into the program that are having a chance to compete in the Final Four right now,” Fisher said. “That’s what it is all about. That was our plan as we were building that team. I’m excited for those players having that opportunity.”

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