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Add Jeff Fisher to the Rams list


Reports differ on who might replace him, but evidence is mounting that Steve Spagnuolo’s third year in St. Louis will be his last.

Jason La Canfora of reports that Spagnuolo is “bracing” to be let go once the season comes to an end and he expects the team to make a serious run at hiring former Titans coach Jeff Fisher. This report comes on the heels of one that puts Jon Gruden in the mix for the Rams job. Any potential coaching hire will hinge on what decision owner Stan Kroenke makes at general manager. If he fires Billy Devaney, then the next G.M. would probably have a hand in deciding the next coach of the team.

If the Rams do fire Spagnuolo and land a big-name head coach to replace him, it won’t come as much of a surprise. With Sam Bradford, a high pick in 2012 and lots of cap room in coming years, there’s a lot to work with in St. Louis despite the backslide they experienced after nearly winning the NFC West in 2010.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting offseason in St. Louis.

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29 Responses to “Add Jeff Fisher to the Rams list”
  1. Stiller43 says: Dec 27, 2011 5:38 PM

    6 winning seasons out of 15 as a head coach. Why does anyone want this guy?

  2. DubZ480 says: Dec 27, 2011 5:40 PM

    Look for Gruden, Fisher and Cowher to be “linked” to every vacancy… Does that make me an NFL “Insider”??

  3. fissels says: Dec 27, 2011 5:40 PM

    Spags is a great coach, I thought he’d do better in St. Louis.

  4. shian11 says: Dec 27, 2011 5:46 PM

    Bucs have Josh Freeman, a top 5 pick and lots of cap room it gunna have to spend ( regardless of what people say about glazers). Wouldn’t one think that job would be just as appealing?

  5. earthtopft says: Dec 27, 2011 5:53 PM

    The league needs a token fat, middle aged, biker wanna be. I mean, it’s football, goddammit!

  6. test2402 says: Dec 27, 2011 5:54 PM

    Spags needs Tim Tebow.

  7. cowboychris5xchamps says: Dec 27, 2011 5:57 PM

    The Rams are the new Raiders no one wants the head coaching job! Why would Fisher comeback or Gruden leave that comfy MNF booth to coach such an awful team with such an overrated quarterback that’s made of glass! Bradford stayed hurt towards the end of his OU career now he’s falling apart in the NFL. Lost in the shuffle is Steven Jackson top 10 maybe even top 5 running back, that’s who I feel bad for, he should’ve requested a trade years ago!!! Too bad Jerry Jones didn’t draft him 😦

  8. nflinla says: Dec 27, 2011 6:01 PM

    The history of the the LA Rams is by far greater than the St. Louis Rams history. Bring the Rams back to LA.

  9. docboss says: Dec 27, 2011 6:04 PM

    Before eveyone puts a “fork” in Spags, the Rams should watch what they wish for.. That is, remember when Martz was run out of town? Rams fans could not wait until they got… Linehan. Yikes. Spags is a good assistant coach, great guy, players love him, but as a head coach…we will have to wait until he gets a real NFL team, an injury free (relatively) year, and a manageable schedule. I would be inclined to give him another year and another draft, but Billy D. gives me no confidence. Even if the Rams get the first pick and send it to Cleveland for their entire draft, I don’t think Billy D. could improve the Rams enough.
    Spags, enjoy your time back in NY and the head coaching job in 2013. Billy D., please turn out the lights on your way out of STL.
    Chucky is the guy.

  10. thegonz13 says: Dec 27, 2011 6:09 PM

    Not really Spags’ fault if his boss gave him crappy players…

  11. vols84 says: Dec 27, 2011 6:17 PM

    LA Rams certainly won more super bowls than the St Louis Rams….wait a minute, no they didn’t.

  12. jredshoes says: Dec 27, 2011 6:31 PM

    Spags is a great defensive coach that got his butt kicked by injuries to key players. Add that to the Josh McDaniels poisonous hire and you get what happened in StL. He will end up being a hot commodity as a DC if he’s fired. Also every opening will be linked to Fisher, Gruden, and Cowher. The last two aren’t leaving their current media jobs at least this yeardue to lifestyle and money. Whoever hires Fisher will get mediocrity for their efforts

  13. commandercornpone says: Dec 27, 2011 6:36 PM

    correct, the rams only won an SB in st. loo.

    rams had a lot of injuries, bucs just quit. bucs ownership is cheap.

    rams need an OL. i would get new turf too. with that many injuries, the turf cant be helping.

    the way i see it, there are openings in miami, jacksonville, and probly kc. not nec a good idea to let the players pick crennel.

    expecting changes in tb, st. loo, indy and san dee.

    always possible also in dallas, nyg, chicago, minnehaha, buffalo and oakland.

    if cowher, fisher and gruden want jobs, they should be able to get jobs.

  14. commandercornpone says: Dec 27, 2011 6:38 PM

    also, by the time the rams are good again, jackson will be long gone.

  15. brutus9448 says: Dec 27, 2011 6:58 PM

    I think fisher or possibly gruden would want to take their talents to south beach.

  16. titanprime says: Dec 27, 2011 7:23 PM

    You make it sound like winning in the NFL is easy. Allow me to educate you.

    It isn’t.

    A couple of those seasons the Oilers/Titans were 8-8, so that 6/15 is pretty misleading considering the team was going through a very chaotic move to Nashville (There was also an offseason where Tennessee was a whopping $50 million over the cap and had to cut bait on just about anyone of value, but I digress). Is Jeff Fisher the best coach on the market? I’d honestly say no. Is he one of the better candidates out there? I’d have to say yes, especially for a team with a stud running back.

  17. playmaker21 says: Dec 27, 2011 7:31 PM

    Retreads. Fisher doesn’t do anything for me. As another member said, 6 winning seasons in 15 years doesn’t excite me. And Gruden was something like 25-34 after he won the Super Bowl in his first season with Tampa Bay.

    What I really don’t like about Gruden is he never really drafted and developed players very well. He relied way too much on veteran players. And when he was gone from Oakland and Tampa Bay, he left those franchises in shambles.

    As for Cowher, I see him going somewhere that already has a 3-4 defense in place. Somewhere like Miami or San Diego. Keep an eye on Kansas City as well.

  18. nflinla says: Dec 27, 2011 9:12 PM

    LA Rams: 347-229-18 • .495 Winning Percentage

    St. Louis Rams: 115-157 • .422 Winning Percentage

  19. johnshawisgay says: Dec 27, 2011 9:16 PM

    With Bud Adams as the owner it’s amazing that Fisher ever got the Oilcans to the playoffs. And he darn near won a SB. I think McNair was the closest thing he ever had to a real QB…

    Rams, hire Fisher and come back to LA, where you belong!!!

  20. rockbottom37 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:27 PM

    Stiller43 says:Dec 27, 2011 5:38 PM

    6 winning seasons out of 15 as a head coach. Why does anyone want this guy?

    Jim Schwartz….turned argueably the worst franchise in football into a playoff team not just this year but Lions are built to be good for at least five years…..and u dont think One of his mentors the other (Belichick )…should get another shot! Jeff fisher is still one of best coaches out there! Stillar is a moron

  21. waxthat says: Dec 27, 2011 10:02 PM

    The Houston Oilers wouldn’t even hire this dude back!

    In also seriousness, Niners fan here, rams should take a hard look at Jim Leavitt. I think he’d be a good NFL head coach.

  22. riverhorsey says: Dec 28, 2011 12:28 AM

    If St. Louis signs him or Gruden then Pioli of KC will be the laughing stock of the league.

  23. tedmurph says: Dec 28, 2011 12:53 AM

    Fisher, pr!ck that he is, is by far the best coach out there IMO(Gruden, Cowher, Billick, Mariucci, etc). Tenn just didn’t want to pay their players. Always had tough teams that played hard.

  24. TheMansiere says: Dec 28, 2011 1:14 AM

    Maybe Spags can be drawn to the lovely area of Western New York and come coach that sorry 11 man squad that takes the field when Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t busy slinging passes to opposing teams.
    But who am I kidding to think a defense would be enough to fix the Bills.

  25. cgsuddeath says: Dec 28, 2011 2:54 AM

    I don’t know anyone would want Gruden.He can’t develop a quarterback.

  26. jrspike says: Dec 28, 2011 4:34 AM

    I always thought that Jeff would end up in Philly but Andy turning around the Eagles, he sure would look good
    In St. Louis. The Rams will need a big name coach to keep the fans buying the KOOL Aid.

  27. louiegrandie says: Dec 28, 2011 7:31 AM

    Fisher is way over rated. Don’t give him total control because he is bad at player personnel moves.

  28. khuxford says: Dec 28, 2011 9:09 AM

    Fisher is bad with personnel moves? Since when did he have final say on personnel? Never did. He got saddled with VY, who, despite his talent, had personal problems.

  29. bmh78190 says: Dec 29, 2011 3:54 AM

    The Rams need to either keep Spags or look for a coach out of college. Just like players, coaches have a prime and Gruden and Fisher have past that stage. Hard to win when the players do not execute

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