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Search for a Defensive Coordinator: Could AU Snag Jeff Fisher?

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With Ted Roof on his way to Orlando to become the defensive coordinator for the UCF Knights, Auburn is in need for a new defensive coordinator for the 2012 season.

Gene Chizik will coach the defense in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against the Cavaliers of Virginia. But obviously, the search for a new defensive coordinator for next season is underway, and several names have surfaced as possible candidates. The most popular name is South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, who has led the Gamecocks to the NCAA's 4th-ranked defense this season. Other rumored names are Joe Whitt Jr. (Green Bay's defensive backs coach) and Everett Withers (North Carolina's interim head coach).

But when I was thinking about some candidates with both street cred and ties to Auburn, a surprising name popped in my head: former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.

I know, why would he come to Auburn as a coordinator when he's already been a head coach in the NFL (and a successful one, at that)? Surely he can't fall that far, right?

Obviously, there are plenty of reasons why Auburn would want Fisher. But why would Fisher want to come to Auburn? First off, Auburn can offer him big money for the job. Secondly, and more importantly in this scenario, Fisher's own son, Trent Fisher, is a safety for the Tigers. Sure, Fisher could get big money for an NFL gig, but if he's offered to coach his own son (a redshirt freshman this season, by the way), he may not be able to turn that down. Blood is thicker than water, after all.

Is this likely? Not at all. I highly doubt Jeff Fisher will become Auburn's defensive coordinator. But it is possible.

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