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Sounds like Fisher is leaning toward Miami

Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:48 am
FisherBy Josh Katzowitz

By the end of Thursday, this post could be obsolete. Hell, it might be outdated by the end of breakfast.

Or Jeff Fisher could continue making us wait as he tries to figure out his next move and whether he wants to be the coach of the Rams or the Dolphins. While at least one person on Twitter speculated that Fisher was stalling so he could determine what new Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and owner Jim Irsay will do with coach Jim Caldwell, is speculating that Fisher’s most likely option involves him taking his talents to South Beach.

Fisher interviewed with the Rams and Dolphins last week, and apparently since then, he’s been torn on which job to take.

Some believe the Dolphins can offer more money, but others think that the Rams already have a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford that could make Fisher’s transition easier. Some theorize that Fisher isn’t all that fond of Bradford, while others wonder how enthralled he’d be with the Dolphins organizational structure. He might not like the possibility of St. Louis moving to Los Angeles, and, I don’t know, maybe he’s worried about how much of his money will go to buying sunscreen in south Florida.

But Jason La Canfora’s sources tell him that, “one of the issues holding up a deal between Fisher and the Rams is compensation … Fisher is seeking to be among the higher-paid coaches in the league, in the range of $7 million per season … Rams owner Stan Kroenke has not displayed a willingness to reach that stratosphere to this point.”

Either way, it seems like Fisher’s decision could come soon. Maybe even before you’re done reading this post.

Until then, check out this week’s latest coaching news and rumors post.

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Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:19 am

Sounds like Fisher is leaning toward Miami

Some theorize that Fisher isn’t all that fond of Bradford
Why wouldn't he be.  Sam Bradford is as healthy as an ox and has great stats.  No wait, neither of those things are true.  He was a really good college quarterback too.  So was Ryan Leaf...

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:10 am

Sounds like Fisher is leaning toward Miami

as of yesterday (thursday jan 12),  kroenke and fisher hadnt even talked compensation yet, so nice try rumor mongerers. media is so in love with itself that these hacks post garbage just to say they said it first. here is a good idea, lets wait and see what FISHER has to say about his job, and not a bunch of "sports journalists" who are just making stabs in the dark at what is actually going on. The only thing that Fisher has said is that he was considering the rams and fins as possible jobs for next year. he hasnt said which way he is leaning or why, but for some reason ESPN and CBS think they have it all figured out already. what a joke.

kroenke and wife are worth over 7BIL, if they want Fisher and Fisher wants rams, dont think something as trivial as 500K - 1MIL is going to stop the deal from getting done. Im a rams fan, but still think he will go to the fins, unfortunately. i fear the rams organization is in too much disarray right now. boy would it be nice to land him and have him fill out his coaching staff before feb though

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:21 am

Sounds like Fisher is leaning toward Miami

I think he is stalling to see what other teams are going to do.  If he was going to either the Rams or Fins the deal would have been done by now.  What is the holdup?  Money?  If Money is the issue then maybe you don't want him as a coach in the first place.  Winning should be first and farmost for a coach not money.  If your team is being coached by a money first coach then he won't be your coach for long.  He's going where the money is and your team will suffer for it.  There are a couple of potential firings out there and I think Fisher is stalling to see what develops after the playoffs.Cool

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:19 am

More Money

miami better come up with a lot more money to get fisher.  He's not going to work for that chump change they were paying sparano--Fisher will want big dollar cash to take a job with that low rent franchise.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:44 am

Sounds like Fisher is leaning toward Miami

Fisher is not a bad coach, but really can't be viewed as a great one either.  He coached the Oilers/Titans for 17 years?  One trip to the Super Bowl?  He should not be paid among the best when alot of history shows he's not coached with the best.

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:47 am

Sounds like Fisher is leaning toward Miami

Those calling Fisher overrated are funny people who really dont know anything.  Who do you think made Houston/Tennessee as good as they were?  They were very mediocre teams that Fisher got to play really good and if it wasnt for being in the same division as Manning would have alot more to show for it besides 1 Super Bowl loss.  He didnt have total control of the talent there as you could see from the Vince Young fiasco.  The team he took over was old and coached the young guys up well(George and McNair to name a few).  Fisher is probably the best or second best available with NFL experience.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:06 am

Sounds like Fisher is leaning toward Miami

Be nice if he decides so I don't have to read and hear about it all day long on every sports show. He is a good coach and either team will be lucky to have him. Just make a darn decision.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:36 am

Sounds like Fisher is leaning toward Miami

As a Dolphins fan closely watching this story I felt the "Fish" got off the hook. He waited so long not taking the job after the interview I figured he was going to the rams and just negotiating his deal.  Now the longer this decision takes the more it favors Miami.  Because if he wanted the Rams he would have already signed.  Either way Fisher needs to decide in the next 48 hrs.  The pressure is mounting on everyone involved and he has had a full week.  If the Fins lose him where do they turn next? 

Les Miles- hope not because we already got burned by one former LSU coach and his LSU offense wasnt very good
OC/ DC- hope not because each time we promote a coordinator to the top they show why they have only been coordinators

Billick- here is my guy. 5-3 post season.  1 super bowl. Overall .556 winning percentage  

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:13 am

Sounds like Fisher is leaning toward Miami

Maybe a coaching retread with Fisher is the road to success for the Miami Dolphins.  Bill Belichick was a horrible coach in Cleveland (1991-1995) possessing a lackluster 36-44 record with his major accomplishments of having waived Bernie Kosar and benched Vinnie Testaverde for future Hall of Famer (?) Eric Zeier.  In 1995, Belichick finished 5-11 with a Browns team that was a trendy pick to play in the Super Bowl.  All this happened while Art Modell was trying to get a new stadium in Cleveland.  Muck Fodell.

Look what happened to Bill after he was given a second chance from an owner committed to winning.   He dumped/traded future Hall of Famer (?) Drew Bledsoe for Tom Brady and has not looked back.  Belichick learned from his failures.

A retread can work.  Shula came to Miami two seasons after the Colts lost to the Jets in SB III.  It is hard to call the winningest coach of all time a retread, but Shula got his second chance and won with the Dolphins.  If it weren't for the single season disaster WFL who signed away Paul Warfield, Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick, the Dolphins may have run the table throughout the 1970s and we would have never heard of the Steelers.

Now, Fisher will have learned from his failures as did Belichick and and if Stephen Ross is as committed to winning as he claims,  the Dolphins could be successful.  It's worth a shot.

Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:55 pm

Sounds like Fisher is leaning toward Miami

Now Jeff Fisher is going to take his talents to South Beach.  Who says money can't buy you happiness.  You have the difference between the glitz and glamor of Miami, its beaches and topless women on South Beach versus the snow and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.  Who knows maybe they can give Fisher all the beer he can drink at Anheiser Busch as a St. louis Ram incentive.  By the way, for all of those sports stars like Lebron and D=Wade and the Reggie Bushes the American public may not realize that the Dolphins play over 30 miles away from South Beach in Miami Gardens which is an area where you would not walk to your car out of the secured parking area.  The same could be said form the Miami Heat which play in a downtrodden area of Miami.  The only thing the players wiull do on South Beach is party, have their fill of women who throw themselves at any pro athlete and of course ogle the topless women and models on South each.  Yes, they may live on Fisher Island or South Beach as you will not see jeff Fisher living any place close to where the Dolphins play or practice.  But I can see Fisher on South Beach.

But in reality the Miami Dolphins have a more complete team than the Rams and way more pormise.  The rams may have Bradford and Stephen Jackson but even with two key players they are perennial losers.  The Dolphins have a defense and skilled players with an adequate QB where the QB position can be upgraded.  The Dolphinbs also went 6-2 in the second half of the season losing to the NY Giants by one point where the Dolphins dominated and a loss to the patriots.  The Dolphins with Fisher at the helm would attract more talent and of course the topless beaches and models will always attract players for less than the going rate for many players.  Any sports afficicianado that does not believe that only has to look at what the Miami Heat was able to attract in terms of players way below market value.  if Fisher was smart he would be going to the Dolphins regardless of the money as it his best chance to win.  

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