The Miami Dolphins have set out to find their next long-term head coach, and Jeff Fisher is one of their top targets.

Having spent the better part of two decades with the Tennessee Titans organization (previously the Houston Oilers), Jeff Fisher knows something about being with a team for the long haul. He found himself looking for a job because he missed the playoffs in 2009 and 2010 after having competed in post season in 6 of the prior 10 seasons. He hadn’t won a post season game dating back to the 2003 season despite a 13 win season in 2008 and a 10 win season in 2007.

Fisher would bring a regular season record of 142-120 with him to a struggling Dolphins team. Tony Sparano was fired after Week 14 of this season as the Dolphins had already ensured themselves a losing season at 4-9. Sparano lead the Dolphins to a record of 7-9 for both the 2009 and 2010 seasons after having a highly successful rookie season at the helm of the 11-5 Dolphins in 2008.

The Dolphins could benefit significantly by some stability at the helm. The year prior to Sparano taking over, Cam Cameron had a one year stint as Head Coach, amassing a record of 1-15.  Nick Saban preceded Cameron, getting just 15 wins over the course of 2 seasons from 2005 to 2006. Prior to Saban it was Dave Wannstedt as the head coach for the 2000 to 2004 seasons, tallying 42 regular season wins over the span but only one playoff victory to show for it (with Jim Bates finishing the final 7 games of the 2004 season). Jimmy Johnson had the unlucky task of trying to follow Don Shula from 1996 thru 1999.

Source: Various, including LA Times