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Jeff Fisher picks Rams over Dolphins

Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:12 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 4:05 pm
 
St. Louis has replaced Steve Spagnuolo with Jeff Fisher. (Getty Images)
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By Will Brinson

Jeff Fisher picked the Rams over the Dolphins, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman has confirmed.

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Fisher stated last week that he was down to two choices: Miami and St. Louis. One (Miami) featured an owner willing to pay big, big bucks. The other (St. Louis) featured a young, star quarterback in Sam Bradford, potentially more front office control and the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Fisher chose the latter and he'll be roaming the sidelines for the Rams in 2012.

"I'm pumped," fullback Britt Miller told The Associated Press. "I figured that because he wanted a little more control that Miami was probably not the place for him. I'm really pumped."

Fisher's been the hottest coaching name this offseason, getting mentioned in rumors involving the Rams, Dolphins, Colts, Buccaneers and even the not-even-vacant position in Chicago, which was supposedly Fisher's dream job.

It's believed that Fisher could bring current Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who worked with Fisher in Tennessee, to join him in St. Louis.

Momentum reportedly swung back to the Dolphins earlier in the week, but here's an interesting tidbit from Yahoo Sports Mike Silver: Fisher was willing to meet Dolphins owner Stephen Ross "halfway" on personnel matters, letting general manager Jeff Ireland still retain plenty of power. However, Ross/Ireland reportedly weren't willing to budge and it may have ultimately cost them a chance to land Fisher.

Reports also indicate that Fisher will choose his own general manager in St. Louis, so the amount of leverage he pulled out of these two teams really can't be overstated.

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Comments

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Jeff Fisher picks Rams over Dolphins

Does your brain hear what your mouth is saying? You`re an idiot. Why don`t you go and and stand behind that line and try and be remotely good. Sam has proven in college and his rookie season why the Rams drafted him. He needs stability(Offensive Coordinator and offense), a line that can keep hime vertical, and receivers who can and will catch the ball. A offseason of training and getting everyone healthy will also help this team.



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:35 pm
 

Jeff Fisher picks Rams over Dolphins

I'm glad Jeff Fisher is back I really am and I'm glad he chose to go to an older team (Rams franchise regaardless of whether in LA or STL is pretty old) that has struggled lately. I'm not sure he'll be able to re-build the "greatest show on turf", but nor do I think he would want to, giving the fact that this franchise he will be leading is the same franchise that beat him in his only super bowl appearance



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Jeff Fisher picks Rams over Dolphins

I'm a big Fisher fan from his time in Nashville.  St. Louis just scored big time.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Jeff Fisher picks Rams over Dolphins

Jeff,stupid move! Dolphins are up and coming.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:18 pm
 

Jeff Fisher picks Rams over Dolphins

so it wont be long till they are very competitive.


I would say within the next year or two at the very most!  



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:17 pm
 

Jeff Fisher picks Rams over Dolphins

I have to call the columnist on this one.  There's been a lot thrown around that Fisher was offered more by Miami, yet I've seen absolutely nothing solid that mentions what he was offered by either team.  Actually, as late as yesterday afternoon they were reporting here in St. Louis on a local ESPN radio affiliate that he hadn't actually received an offer by either team.  So, do we really know that Ross was willing to pay more than Kroenke?  We should remember that Kroenke has deep pockets as well, and is actually worth just slightly more than Ross.  In my opinion, the idea that Ross was going to outbid Kroenke was pure conjecture that someone started putting out there, and everyone, including the guy who wrote this article, jumped on the bandwagon.



Since: Jan 13, 2012
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Jeff Fisher picks Rams over Dolphins

Been a Rams' Fan since the 70s, this is their best head coach since Vermil. I'm very happy and excited that Jeff is with us. But the NFC West is turning into a tough division, with the 49ers, and the Cardinals and Seahawks are teams on the rise too. The Rams are better than their record, so it wont be long till they are very competitive.




Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Jeff Fisher picks Rams over Dolphins

Fisher was constantly having to rebuild the Titans with young, no-name players because his screwball owner, the notoriously tight-fisted Bud Adams would not pay the going rate for star-caliber talent. Even with that, he had very few losing seasons while fielding many guys no one had ever heard of before. Given an organization that ISN'T dysfunctional, Fisher will build a competitive team routinely in the playoff hunt.    



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Jeff Fisher picks Rams over Dolphins

Oddly enough, although I'm a Rams fan, I was a Dolphin fan even earlier (older brother is big Fin fan) so I was a bit torn here.  But what it looks like (from a glass half full perspective) is that the Rams give Fisher a chance to design most of the front office so they will be compatible, while in Miami, maybe now Jeff Ireland has a chance to pick the right coach for his front office.  If Jeff Ireland is up to the task, Miami will end up better in the long run having a "Jeff Ireland" system incl
uding a compatible coach.  While in St. Louis, it will be a "Jeff Fisher" system including a compatible GM.  I think having Fisher and Ireland on the same team may have lead to a power struggle.  Bottom line is that I hope both teams end up successful in as short a time as possible.  The Rams have a dearth of talent but have a few key pieces to work with.  Miami has more talent (and they played well down the stretch) but they need a few of those key pieces to add to the mix.  I hope both teams make out great from this point on, as both have very wealthy and interested owners...



Since: Jan 13, 2012
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Jeff Fisher picks Rams over Dolphins

Been a Rams' Fan since the 70s, this is their best head coach since Vermil. I'm very happy and excited that Jeff is with us. But the NFC West is turning into a tough division, with the 49ers, and the Cardinals and Seahawks are teams on the rise too. The Rams are better than their record, so it wont be long till they are very competitive.


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