INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 02: (FILE PHOTO) Jeff Fisher the head coach of the Tennessee Titans watches play during NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 2 2011 in Indianapolis Indiana. It was reported on January 27 2011 that Jeff Fisher the longest tenured coach in the league is to step down as coach of the Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rams Coaching Search Settles On Jeff Fisher

The Rams got the big fish and hired Jeff Fisher as their head coach.

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Ray Horton Will Interview For St. Louis Rams Head Coaching Job

The St. Louis Rams coaching search has been highlighted by Jeff Fisher but there are other candidates in the mix for the job. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Rams have requested and received permission to speak with Ray Horton, the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator.

The Rams job is viewed as an attractive one because St. Louis has plenty of cap space, a future franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford and the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Offensively, Josh McDaniels is still on the Rams staff so he could potentially stay depending on who comes in.

Horton is the Cardinals defensive coordinator, his first year in that role. He was named to the defensive coordinator post in February and the Cards had an improving season. They were ranked 30th in scoring last year and 17th this year.

Check out SB Nation's Turf Show Times for more on the Rams coaching. Also visit Revenge of the Birds to see how Cards fans are reacting to the move.


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.


Todd Bowles Could Get An Interview With St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams are interested in interviewing Miami Dolphins interim head coach Todd Bowles as part of their search for a long-term replacement for fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

An assistant head coach/secondary coach with the Dolphins, the 48-year-old Bowles became the interim head coach last month after the firing of Tony Sparano. The Dolphins were 2-1 under Bowles, including a 19-17 win in Week 17 that eliminated their AFC East rival New York Jets from playoff contention.

Bowles was formally interviewed for the Dolphins' head coaching position earlier this week.

A former NFL safety with Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers, Bowles spent two years in the Green Bay Packers' personnel department before beginning his NFL coaching career in 2000 as the defensive backs coach with the New York Jets. Bowles has also worked as the defensive backs coach with the Cleveland Browns (2001-04), and was the secondary coach on Bill Parcells' staff with the Dallas Cowboys before following Parcells and Sparano to the Dolphins in 2008.

Former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher is believed to be the favorite to the land the Rams' coaching job. Interviewing Bowles, who is African-American, would bring the Rams into compliance with the Rooney Rule, which requires them to interview a minority candidate for a head coaching vacancy.

For more on the Rams coaching search, check out SB Nation's Turf Show Times.


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 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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