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Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:49 am
Edited on: January 17, 2012 1:02 pm
Fisher reportedly will make $7 million a year in St. Louis. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Rams will officially introduce Jeff Fisher as their new head coach in a 2 p.m. ET Tuesday press conference. After days of vacillating between the Miami and St. Louis jobs, Fisher settled on the Rams last Friday.

And now, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas, he's going to be well compensated, too.

"Before taking the podium for the first time at Rams Park, Fisher will sign a five-year contract believed to pay him around $7 million annually, easily making him the highest-paid coach in franchise history."

Thomas notes that it wasn't the $35 million over the life of the deal that enticed Fisher to take over a 2-14 team. It was his desire to have have the resources available to "put together a strong coaching staff, be active in free agency and have a strong personnel department."

Fisher's title isn't expected to include "vice president" -- just "head coach" -- which is probably for the best. Joe Gibbs, Mike Holmgren and Mike Shanahan are recent examples of coaches who struggled to also make personnel decisions. One decision Fisher will have to make: naming an offensive coordinator.

Reports earlier this week had former Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer as the front-runner, but ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweeted Tuesday that recently fired Raiders head coach Hue Jackson would also be interviewed for the job.

One thing that is for certain: Gregg Williams, Fisher's defensive coordinator in Tennessee, will be joining him in St. Louis.

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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:46 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

In case anyone wants to watch the press conference, it's a 2PM ET, or 1 PM Central.  Not sure where he got 4pm from.

Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:24 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

Your not alone, but with the recent history of head coaches in STL, he was the best available.  If he gets us an offensive line, then I think we can bounce back sooner rather than later.  I just hope they don't move the Rams back to L.A.  STL deserves better football!!

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:15 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

Can someone please explain to me why a guy who has all of 5 playoff victories in 16 years as a head coach is so sought after?  I've always liked Fisher, but am I the only one to find him incredibly overrated? 

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