NASHVILLE TN - DECEMBER 19: Coach Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans calls instructions to his team against the Houston Texans at LP Field on December 19 2010 in Nashville Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Texans 31-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Rams Officially Introduce Jeff Fisher At Press Conference

The Rams officially introduced Jeff Fisher as the new head coach at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

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Jeff Fisher Introduced As Rams Head Coach At Press Conference

The St. Louis Rams officially introduced Jeff Fisher as their next head coach at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Fisher and team owner Stan Kroenke addressed the media about the new era in St. Louis.

The initial search for Fisher and then finally landing him lasted several weeks but Fisher says his decision was simple. He wanted a good quarterback and a good owner, which he says he has in St. Louis (and the cap space and No. 2 pick probably didn't hurt either). Fisher said the Rams are equipped to turn it around quickly, which is possible considering a team goes from worst-to-first almost every year.

Among the other highlights of what Fisher had to say:

  • The final two teams in the hunt for Fisher were the Rams and Dolphins but Fisher said it wasn't true that Miami was his first choice.
  • He did not talk about his role in the personnel department as the Rams are still searching for a GM. He said that will be figured out when the new GM is hired.
  • He confirmed that Gregg Williams is leaving the Saints and will be the Rams defensive coordinator.

Fisher's contract will reportedly pay him $35 million over five years.

For more reactions to Fisher's decision, head over to the SB Nation blogs Turf Show Timesand The Phinsider. Also be sure to head over to check out all of the 2012 Offseason NFL Moves.


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Jeff Fisher: 'Rams Are The Best Fit For Me'

Jeff Fisher confirmed reports Friday that he will coach the St. Louis Rams. His contract is not yet official, but that's a formality after spending a week weighing offers between the Rams and the Miami Dolphins.

"The process has been lengthy, but for good reasons," Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday afternoon. "I took a lot of time looking at and exploring in detail the non-economic issues of both clubs."

"I'm really excited that the Rams are the best fit for me," he added. "I hope I'm the best fit for the Rams, and am looking forward to finalizing the (contract) details and coming to work."

Fisher's agent informed the Dolphins of his client's decision on Friday, at which point Miami is believed to have leaked the news to the media before Fisher had a chance to inform the Rams. Coaching the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans over parts of 17 seasons, Fisher has a career record of 142-120 in the regular season and 5-6 in the playoffs.

For more reactions to Fisher's decision, head over to the SB Nation blogs Turf Show Times and The Phinsider. Also be sure to head over to check out all of the 2012 Offseason NFL Moves.


Jeff Fisher To Coach Rams, Not Dolphins, According To Report

The Jeff Fisher sweepstakes has reportedly come to an end. According to reports, the former Tennessee Titans head coach will team up with Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams for the 2012 season and the foreseeable future.

Fisher's decision came down to the Rams and the Miami Dolphins, a choice he had been mulling over for at least a couple weeks. Both teams offered solid foundations on which to build a potential playoff contender, but only the Rams offered a comfortable quarterback situation as well as the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Fisher had been head coach of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise from 1994-2010, going to the Super Bowl in 2000 which he lost, funny enough, to Kurt Warner and the Rams.

For more reactions to Fisher's decision, head over to the SB Nation blogs Turf Show Times and The Phinsider. Also be sure to head over to check out all of the 2012 Offseason NFL Moves.


Jeff Fisher Reportedly Offered $8 Million, Executive VP Title By Miami Dolphins

Jeff Fisher appears to be down to the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins as he mulls his head coaching options for next year. Until now, the Rams seemed to hold an edge, though concern the team may move to Los Angeles reportedly had Fisher spooked. On Wednesday, however, word leaked that the Miami Dolphins made Fisher a substantial offer -- one that would net him a jaw-dropping dollar figure per year.

According to National Football Post, Fisher has been offered the title of Executive Vice President, giving him the final word on personnel decisions, and a salary of at least $8 million per year.

Fisher, according to what sources indicate to NFP, could be in line to make upwards of $8 million a year on a contract for five years from Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. There have been reports that while Fisher was previously leaning toward the Rams, the possibilility of the team going back to Los Angeles is something he wants no part of, having been coach of the Houston Oilers during their transition to becoming the Tennessee Titans.

If true, it's tough to see Fisher turning down such a lucrative contract, though he seems to have other requirements that need to be met, including stability and a solid foundation of players, before he accepts a position. For now, the Dolphins and Rams wait as Fisher figures out what's next.

For more on the coaching vacancies at St. Louis and Miami, head over to the SB Nation blogs Turf Show Times and The Phinsider. Also be sure to head over to check out all of the 2012 Offseason NFL Moves.


Jeff Fisher Update From The St. Louis Rams

With word out that former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher is leaning towards returning to the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, the team is starting to get excited, speculatively-speaking.

Via the team site, Rams chief operating officer and executive vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff expects to hear the official news some time in the next few days.

"I think it’s probably fair to say that if he were excited to be excited about coming here, we’d be excited to have him. Obviously, there are a lot of things to work through on both sides. You never know how these things are going to turn out but he’s obviously an impressive coach with an impressive resume and we are excited about what we’ve heard so far."

Fish is also considering the Miami Dolphins' vacancy and has interviewed with both teams in the last week, but most sources agree that he's heavily-leaning towards the Rams.

For more on the coaching vacancies at St. Louis and Miami, head over to the SB Nation blogs Turf Show Times and The Phinsider. Also be sure to head over to check out all of the 2012 Offseason NFL Moves.


Rams May Be Leading Jeff Fisher Sweepstakes, According To Report

The Miami Dolphins head coaching search appears to be moving away from Jeff Fisher, according to a Sunday morning report from FOX's Jay Glazer. Other reports had recently started indicating that Fisher was likely to pick the St. Louis Rams.

Fisher said earlier in the week that he was down to the Dolphins and Rams and that he was likely to make a final decision next week. The Dolphins fired Tony Sparano mid-season while the Rams let Steve Spagnuolo go on Black Monday.

Fisher has interviewed with both teams in the last week and as of Sunday he was in St. Louis viewing the facilities and even meeting with players. Glazer says he would be shocked if Fisher weren't the Rams coach within 48 hours.

The Dolphins were reported to be determined not to be outbid for Fisher. Apparently that won't matter. If the reports are accurate, we should be hearing soon that Fisher is officially the next head coach of the Rams.

For more on the coaching vacancies at St. Louis and Miami, head over to the SB Nation blogs Turf Show Times and The Phinsider. Also be sure to head over to check out all of the 2012 Offseason NFL Moves.


Jeff Fisher Says It's Either Miami Dolphins Or St. Louis Rams

Jeff Fisher is on the wish list for a few teams who have head coaching vacancies, but the two teams that keep coming up as teams Fisher would be interested in are the Miami Dolphins and the St. Louis Rams. Fisher confirmed that those are the two teams that he is interested in on Friday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Fisher reportedly interviewed with the Miami Dolphins earlier this week and interviewed with the St. Louis Rams on Thursday. From the sounds of it, Fisher will mull over his decision this weekend and decide which team he would like to coach sometime next week.

For more on the coaching vacancies at St. Louis and Miami, head over to the SB Nation blogs Turf Show Times and The Phinsider. Also be sure to head over to our official hub for all 2012 Offseason NFL Moves.


Jeff Fisher Down To St. Louis Rams Or Miami Dolphins

Jeff Fisher interviewed with the Miami Dolphins earlier this week, and may already be in the midst of interviews with the St. Louis Rams on Thursday. Unsurprisingly, he has apparently whittled his coaching destination next season to one of those two teams, according to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.

In the Dolphins, Fisher would take over a team that went 6-3 over the last three games of the season after starting 0-7 on the year. He would have a trending young defense to work with, as well as decent skill players on offense. He wouldn't have a quarterback to build around, however, something the Rams can provide in Sam Bradford.

Whether that means any other suitor is out of the picture is unclear. A team like the Indianapolis Colts could be attractive if they let go of Jim Caldwell and take Andrew Luck with the first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. For now, though, Miami and St. Louis are apparently the top destinations.

For more on the coaching vacancies at St. Louis and Miami, head over to the SB Nation blogs Turf Show Times and The Phinsider. Also be sure to head over to our official hub for all 2012 Offseason NFL Moves.


Jeff Fisher's Next Interview Is With St. Louis Rams

The next stop for free agent coach Jeff Fisher?

The St. Louis Rams. Fisher is expected to interview with team owner Stan Kroenke on Thursday. Fisher has already interviewed with the Miami Dolphins and may interview with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He's at the top of the free agent coaching list this year with Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher staying in TV so he has a lot of interest.

The Rams may end up being the ones to snag Fisher. His agent, Marvin Demoff, is the father of the Rams COO. That connection could come in handy if the two sides want to work together.

More importantly, the Rams should have just about everything Fisher wants -- a good young quarterback in Sam Bradford, lots of cap space and the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft. Those are all valuable assets that Fisher should be interested in.

The interview is expected to go down on Thursday, but it's unclear when Fisher will make up his mind.

Check out SB Nation's Turf Show Times for more on Fisher and the Rams.


Jeff Fisher Being Pursued Hard By Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins coaching search has included a few names here and there but the one gaining the most traction is Jeff Fisher, the former Tennessee Titans coach. Fisher is essentially a free agent and he will be interviewing with multiple teams.

Following his interview in Miami earlier this week, the Miami Herald reported that the Dolphins will not be outbid by any other team for Fisher's services.

And the Dolphins are intent on not being outbid financially for Fisher. [Dolphins owner Steve] Ross has the deep pockets necessary to pay what he must to hire Fisher and he apparently does not want to be seen as incapable of landing the most prized coach on the market -- at least not as a result of being outbid.'s a two-way street. Fisher has plenty of options and he'll have to want the Dolphins as much as they want him. One of the things Fisher was looking for was the presence of a good young quarterback. A place like St. Louis has that, while Miami doesn't.

Either way, the Dolphins insistence that they won't be outbid sounds a little desperate to me. Like they're already trying to brace the fans for Fisher going elsewhere. Who knows...maybe they end up getting him but I think the Rams job might be more attractive to him.

We shall see where Fisher decides sometime soon. In the meantime, check out SB Nation's The Phinsider for more on the Dolphins.


Carl Peterson Involved In Jeff Fisher's Miami Dolphins Interview

The former brains behind the Kansas City Chiefs football operation, Carl Peterson, reportedly flew in to Davie, Fla., on a helicopter with his friend, and Miami Dolphins owner, Steve Ross, to assist the Dolphins during their interview of former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher on Tuesday, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Fisher was also on the helicopter. As to what that means for the Dolphins' franchise and decision-making, here's what the Sun-Sentinel's Dave Hyde had to say:

It's not known whether this means Peterson will have an active role in the franchise or if he's simply doing this as a favor for Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland. On Monday, Ireland announced he and Ross were formulating their plan to carry out the interviews.

Ross said a few weeks ago that he hadn't discussed a role with Peterson and that Ireland was his general manager.

The Dolphins fired Tony Sparano late in the 2011 season, after which the team, which started 0-7, went on a run to finish the season 6-10.

For updates and analysis on the Dolphins and their coaching search, head to Dolphins blog The Phinsider.


Jeff Fisher's Interview With Miami Dolphins Is Tuesday

Shortly after the 2011-12 NFL regular season ended reports surfaced that free agent coach Jeff Fisher was interviewing with two teams -- Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams. The Rams haven't confirmed the interview (and neither have the Dolphins for that matter) but his interview in Miami is taking place on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Miami Herald recently made the case that the Dolphins have to hire Fisher. With Jon Gruden staying at ESPN, he's the hottest coaching name on the market.

The Dolphins job may not be the best one available but it's still a good one. After starting 0-7, the dolphins finished the season winning six of their last nine games. Clearly, they have some talent. What they're missing, for the most part, is a quarterback.

Reports have said that Fisher prefers to find a job with an established quarterback, or with a team that has a top draft pick. The Dolphins have neither. The Rams, on the other hand, have a good, young quarterback in Sam Bradford and the No. 2 overall pick. In that sense, the Rams may make more sense.

Hop on over to SB Nation's The Phinsider where you have a lot of Dolphins fans hoping the team makes a move for Fisher.


St. Louis Rams COO Kevin Demoff Denies Peter King Report About Jeff Fisher

Kevin Demoff, the St. Louis Rams Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, discussed the team's decision to fire head coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney at a Monday afternoon press conference. Demoff spent most of his time answering questions and laying out the team's next steps for finding replacements. That included giving a response to a report earlier on Monday from Peter King involving Jeff Fisher, part of a string of rumors linking the Rams to Fisher.

Demoff denied King's report that the team has already spoken with Jeff Fisher and set up an interview with the former Titans head coach. He also laughed off the suggestion that Fisher was a match for the Rams because the former Titans coach is represented by Marvin Demoff, Kevin's father.

"Everybody assumes that because my father represents Jeff Fisher, there's a natural fit. His job is to represent Jeff Fisher; our job is to find the right head coach for the Rams," Demoff explained. "I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that because I know someone who happens to know Jeff well, that I know Jeff well, that Jeff's going to be our head coach."

"I know that makes for great conjecture, great internet fodder...but it's completely unfounded," Demoff said.

The Rams have not yet spoken with Fisher or any other candidates.

"Contrary to what's been written, there are no leading candidates, we have not spoken to any candidates," Demoff said. They did not want to make any moves in that direction until the team and owner Stan Kroenke had reached a final decision regarding Spagnuolo and Devaney, a decision that was reached on Sunday night.

There is no timetable for hiring someone, though the Rams COO made it clear that they plan to move forward quickly with the process. The Rams intend to start setting up interviews with candidates within the next 48 hours.

As they look for new leadership, the Rams will have some high profile assistance in the process. Demoff revealed that the team reached out to Dick Vermeil, the Rams Super Bowl winning coach from 1997 through 1999, as well as Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk. Those two, along with others, will be involved in the search process. Owner Stan Kroenke, whose silence throughout the Rams 2-14 season was a constant topic for local talk radio and message boards, will be "heavily involved" in hiring the team's next head coach and general manager.

Leadership and accountability will be a key part of the Rams next hires. Demoff described the need for an "adaptable and smart" football mind for the head coaching position. As far as what the Rams are seeking in a general manager, Demoff noted a preference for someone with a strong background in personnel and consensus building, someone to bring together the vision of the coaching staff and the assessments of the scouting department.

"We're serious about getting this right and we're serious about building winning tradition in St. Louis," concluded Demoff.


Jeff Fisher To Interview With Miami Dolphins, According To Report

Jeff Fisher now officially has two suitors. Earlier on Monday reports surfaced that Fisher is set to interview with the St. Louis Rams after Steve Spagnuolo was fired. Now the Miami Herald reports Fisher will interview with the Miami Dolphins at some point as well.

This shouldn't be a surprise. The Dolphins need to make a splash with their next hire to rejuvenate the franchise and with Jon Gruden reportedly staying at ESPN Fisher is clearly the most accomplished coach available.

Armando Salguero details the reasons the Dolphins needs to hire Fisher.

Fisher is the best available coach on the current market. And so it makes sense he is expected to be the first coach the Dolphins interview outside of Todd Bowles, who will fulfill the team's Rooney Rule requirement. Fisher has taken a team to the Super Bowl. He was widely respected enough to be named co-chairman of the NFL's pretigious Competition Committee. He represents rock-solid ability in a market that offers little certainty.

The Dolphins finished this season at 6-10 after starting 0-7. It's not like there's no talent on this team. They're a quarterback away from being a legitimate playoff contender.

Check out SB Nation's The Phinsider to see what Dolphins fans think of the possibility.


Jeff Fisher To Interview With St. Louis Rams For Head Coaching Job, According To Report

As the 2011 NFL season wound down, we heard Jeff Fisher's name connected with a number of jobs including the San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams. These were just rumors and nothing more.

But we now have actual news regarding Fisher -- he's going to interview with the Rams. Peter King of reports the interview could take place as soon as this week.

The Rams fired Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney on Black Monday. St. Louis is considered one of the better available jobs because of Sam Bradford, plenty of cap space and a high draft pick in 2012. Fisher reportedly wants to be someplace with an established quarterback.

Fisher is the hot name on the market right now with Jon Gruden reportedly staying at ESPN. Fisher coached with the Tennessee Titans for 17 years before parting ways last year.

Check out SB Nation's Turf Show Times where you'll see plenty of happy Rams fans.


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