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Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:02 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 7:03 pm
Miami owner Stephen Ross says next coach 'with something to prove is going to be better' than Fisher. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

It took a while, but Jeff Fisher finally made a decision Friday, choosing the Rams over the Dolphins as his next head-coaching destination.

Miami owner Stephen Ross has now lost out on his top candidate two years running. Last offseason, Jim Harbaugh opted to say in the Bay Area instead of moving to South Beach, and the 49ers, 13-3 and division champs during the regular season, are still in the playoffs. But Ross says he's "not discouraged at all" by the latest snub.

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“I have mixed feelings [about Fisher choosing St. Louis over Miami],” Ross told the Sun Sentinel's Dave Hyde. “But I feel very confident we’ll find the best man for this organization. I feel very good about it. I’m not discouraged at all.”

Also worth pointing out: the Dolphins don't have a 1a) after Fisher. It's not quite back-to-the-drawing board time, but there aren't any big names on the list, either. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just the reality in Miami right now.

The club released a statement Friday afternoon admitting what everyone already knew ("We did have conversations with Jeff Fisher about becoming the head coach of the Dolphins.") before trying to assuage fans' concerns about the team's immediate future ("We are excited about those people under consideration, and we are confident that the individual we eventually select will be the right person to lead this football team.”) Rapid Reporter Chris Perkins provides details:

"Miami’s next head coach could come from a group of interviewees that includes Todd Bowles, the interim coach; Dave Toub, Chicago’s special teams coach; and Joe Philbin, Green Bay’s offensive coordinator. It’s conceivable Miami could extend its coaching search beyond its interviewees. Mike Mularkey accepted the Jacksonville job."

Perkins adds: "Interestingly, all the former full-time Miami coaches that aren’t retired have relatively high-profile jobs. Tony Sparano was recently named the New York Jets’ offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. is Baltimore’s offensive coordinator, Nick Saban just won a national title with Alabama, and Dave Wannstedt is Buffalo’s defensive coordinator. Don Shula and Jimmy Johnson are retired and aren't coming back to coaching."

Not to worry, though. The owner of a team that has made one playoff appearance since 2002, and last won a playoff game in 2000 feels good about the franchise's future.

"It's funny, in the back of my mind, I've really believed you go with people who have something to prove and are younger. That's how I've always worked in my business. I was always fighting that idea in my mind while I was talking to (Fisher). Something told me if I get someone like him with that experience it'd be good. At the same time, I don't feel lost. I believe someone really good who has something to prove is going to be better."

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Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2012 12:45 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

the kind that hates the dolfins. haha. ya'll suck as bad as we do. Marino was the "best that never did"

Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:10 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

I like Philbin too, but he does not call the plays.  It is not his offense that is being run but he knows it well enough to implement it.  He also might be ready for a change of scenery and I am sure Flynn is ready to get a starting job, so I am definitely with the decision to bring in Philbin & Flynn.  Our biggest problem is still Itreland!  If Ross would get rid of him Miami would be a much more attractive place for players and coaches to come to.

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:15 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

The way I see it with Fisher is that he wanted to rebuild a whole team and had different intentions in South Beach with our team. Ireland is a head case and he should of been the 1st to go in my opinion, im sure he didn't also help here. Fisher was thats right was a good coach. Hes not going to do much there since the Rams arent that good. Lets have a look at their division:The 49ers will dominate that division for years to come, the Cards will be better come next year for sure, And honestly the Seahawks will be solid if they stick together and land a better QB. That leaves you with the Lambs in last again and again...Also I was never sold on Bradford he doesnt have that WOW factor to him. I guess time will tell but I dont see it. Enjoy your adventure to no wheres land Fisher...

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:06 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

Ive said this ever since that Philbin came for an interview down here in South Beach, hes our guy. Hes been in GB for almost ten years and as been around great talent. Hes seen a team going from 6-10 to 15-1 and also won a Super Bowl. Thats the type of coach we need here. I know they have Rodgers as their QB but at the same time he still calls some play. Hes our GUY. Come on guys dont get discouraged lets stick together here and be patient it'll come. GO FINS GO

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:41 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

Hey Upstate!! I believe that Marino did ALOT more than Lose a SuperBowl! And Shula won more than ONE SuperBowl! What kind of D-Bag are you? What has Buffalo done that was SO much better?!? O.J. Simpson?? (I'd sure be proud of that) Get a clue. TOOL!

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:33 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

No reason to be discouraged but they're going to have to realize that they will need to open the wallet a bit more if they want to land a coach that will take their team towards the Playoffs..

Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:15 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

That haircut... Is it Conan O'Brien?

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:26 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

David Shula

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 6:41 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

may sound simplistic, but why not the guy who coached them the last month of the season and did a very good job??

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:48 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

Joe robbie, don shula, dan marino....hahahaha.....marino made it to one super bowl and lost, shula won in 72 (didn't play a team over .500 that year) oh the glory days.......

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