Was Texas A&M Football's Hire of Jimbo Fisher Really "Epically Terrible"?

The former head coach of Texas A&M football is being unfairly maligned—or is he?

Nov 19, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher on the
Nov 19, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher on the / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Is History Already Being Rewritten About Former Texas A&M Football Coach Jimbo Fisher?

I think it's fair to say that most Texas A&M football fans, at this point, are comfortable with the decision to fire Jimbo Fisher. Given how out of nowhere it was, opinion was probably more divided at the moment—and certainly, the acumen that Elko has exhibited thus far has helped—but if you were to take a poll today, most Aggies would be glad that the decision to move on was made when it was.

That said, I think you may get a much different result—even now!—if you asked fans whether the Aggies should never have hired the man in the first place. You'd be hard-pressed to find fans who believe that Fisher is one of the worst coaches that the Aggies have hired; in fact, though he had an spectacular flameout in College Station, there's a case to be made that his tenure wasn't ultimately a failure.

In the fallout of Chip Kelly taking the Ohio State OC job, though, the 2018 hiring cycle, of which Fisher was a part, was brought back under scrutiny. Specifically, I'm talking about this tweet from David Hale.

In case you can't see the bottom of the tweet, he refers to this as a "murderer's row of epically terrible coaches." In a follow-up tweet, he describes Kelly as "prob the cream of the crop here."

Now, listen. I know this is a fan site for Texas A&M football. I get that I'm coming from an Aggie fan's perspective here. But I consider this to be an indefensible proposition.