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The Jeff Fisher leverage game begins

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When it comes to the NFL coaching carousel, timing is everything.  This year, with Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden once again sitting out the spin cycle, Jeff Fisher has become the belle of the ball.

And he’s apparently going to milk it for everything it’s worth.

Fisher has interviewed with the Dolphins, and Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports writes that, according to a source familiar with Fisher’s thinking, he “left South Florida on Tuesday with stone crabs in his stomach and a very positive impression of [owner Stephen] Ross and the Dolphins’ organization.”

The headline trumpets that the Dolphins have the “upper hand in Fisher sweepstakes,” which necessarily places more pressure on the other teams that may be interested.

Peter King of SI.com and Football Night In America has suggested that Fisher wants to go to a team with a proven quarterback, making the Rams with Sam Bradford the most attractive destination — especially since the Rams also have the second overall pick in the 2012 draft and the highest projected cap room in 2013.  Albert Breer of NFL.com thinks that Fisher could be eyeballing the Bears’ job, if the Bears decide that it doesn’t make sense to tie a new G.M.’s hands with a holdover coach.  (And it doesn’t.)  Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star said on Tuesday’s PFT Live that he believes the Colts may have already reached out to Fisher.

And so, in order to maximize his leverage, Fisher needs his other potential destinations to believe that they’re losing to Miami.  If that causes the Rams or the Colts or anyone else to increase the pursuit of Fisher, that could cause Ross to step up the courtship even more.

At the end of the day, Ross may indeed emerge with Fisher as the team’s new coach.  But the stamp of legitimacy that will come from successfully wooing the biggest name on the current coaching market won’t come cheaply.  To help Ross clear out the stink of dysfunction in Dolphinland — and/or to properly compensate Fisher for the hazards of landing in the middle of a potentially toxic stew of personalities and agendas — Ross may have to fork over a record offer to get this specific fish into the boat.

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69 Responses to “The Jeff Fisher leverage game begins”
  1. FinFan68 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:36 PM

    Ross should interview Billick tomorrow and line up an interview with Chudzinski and another prospect like jay Gruden or Grimm.

  2. jbaxt says: Jan 4, 2012 2:36 PM

    Why doesn’t he just sign with KC and bring Manning over from Indy?

  3. flmike says: Jan 4, 2012 2:38 PM

    it’s going to take $8 mil a year to get anyone with any NFL HC exp to work in the cesspool called the Dolphins, especially if they keep Ireland and bring in Peterson as VP.

  4. tfaulk says: Jan 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    “To help Ross clear out the stink of dysfunction in Dolphinland — and/or to properly compensate Fisher for the hazards of landing in the middle of a potentially toxic stew of personalities and agenda — Ross may have to fork over a record offer to get this specific fish into the boat.”

    Citation please. Yes, Ross is a newbies owner, but he’s also shown every sign that he’ll do what it takes to get what he wants. Yes, some people think Ireland is an ass for asking recruits if their moms are hoes, but every player of value on the Fins is under contract or a restricted free agent. It appears that a new triumvirate is in place and working happily — Ross, Peterson, Ireland.

    If Fisher is currently happy, what is this “potentially toxic stew of personalities and agenda” you speak of?

  5. owen16 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    After this season, how can anyone say Bradford has better upside that Matt Moore?

  6. i3addog says: Jan 4, 2012 2:41 PM

    I don’t it. Why are so many Teams enamored with these old coaches who haven’t won squat ? How many Super Bowls has he won ? When is the last time one of these retreads moved to another city and won a title ?

  7. randomguy9999 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:41 PM

    Fisher will be in Miami…. Ross will pay him AND let him run it unmolested… and that’s pretty rare in the NFL…..

  8. ravenspit says: Jan 4, 2012 2:43 PM

    Fisher is not going to Miami, its a joke of a sports town. Pretty solid sports team-crappy fan support.

  9. iminra6 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:44 PM

    very interesting, will see where this takes him. any word on whether or not he’s interviewed for the Kansas City Chiefs yet?

  10. austrianpanther says: Jan 4, 2012 2:44 PM

    Dear Mr. Ross,

    Please do not hasty decisions and give me the opportunity for an interview.

    Thank-you,

    Brian Schottenheimer

  11. pocketsstraight says: Jan 4, 2012 2:46 PM

    Fisher wants to set market value (which will be $8M) and Fisher wants to name his GM.

    That’s the leverage he’s looking for.

    Only question, Who does Fisher want as a GM?

  12. jrspike says: Jan 4, 2012 2:46 PM

    Jeff, will pick the one he wants. He will gets contract worth 5 mil a year and 5 year
    I

  13. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 4, 2012 2:47 PM

    “Peter King of SI.com and Football Night In America has suggested that Fisher wants to go to a team with a proven quarterback, making the Rams with Sam Bradford the most attractive destination”

    *************************************

    Sam Bradford has hardly proved himself as an NFL QB.

    Anyway, Fisher really isn’t that special of a coach. Pretty mediocre record. The best job available is in KC but Pioli doesnt want anybody that might be strong enough to challenge/threaten his authority and job.

  14. displacedbucsfan says: Jan 4, 2012 2:48 PM

    I keep hearing this “Sam Bradford: proven quarterback” talk as if Sam Bradford is somehow more “proven” than Josh Freeman. At least the Bucs have SOME talent at receiver. If I were a coach, the only reason I’d pick the Rams over the Bucs is because they are in a much weaker division.

  15. #nastyswaggedout says: Jan 4, 2012 2:50 PM

    Peter King of SI.com and Football Night In America has suggested that Fisher wants to go to a team with a proven quarterback, making the Rams with Sam Bradford the most attractive destination.

    I’m confused. What exactly has Sam Bradford proven?

  16. thestandardjd says: Jan 4, 2012 2:51 PM

    Jeff Fisher has a win/loss record of barely over .500. Please tell me why he has any leverage at all?

  17. steelbreeze676 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:51 PM

    I say give him 10 million dollars a year for every Super Bowl he’s won.

    Oh wait.

  18. shuzaam says: Jan 4, 2012 2:51 PM

    I’ll take Matt Moore over Sam Bradford.

  19. contract says: Jan 4, 2012 2:52 PM

    Fisher is a good coach, but hardly worthy of a bidding war.

  20. hardpeaches says: Jan 4, 2012 2:53 PM

    I’ll keep saying it until I’m teal in the face:

    Stephen Ross has consistently proven that he is in over his head and has the morals of a South American dictator. Money talks but your actions speak volumes.

    I think Fisher is a decent choice for HC but I also believe that any decent to good choice of HC will be driven away by a bungling owner and a sleaze ball GM.

    Very nervous for my Dolphins…

  21. wegonnadoitbaby says: Jan 4, 2012 2:53 PM

    He can’t play the game without the media participating.

  22. sjsuraider says: Jan 4, 2012 2:54 PM

    I honestly don’t understand what all the fuss is about Jeff Fisher he seems like a mediocre coach to me

  23. sj39 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:55 PM

    owen16 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    After this season, how can anyone say Bradford has better upside that Matt Moore?

    If you think Bradford is the problem you don’t know much about football or at least don’t pay much attention outside of your team.

  24. scubasteve4930 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:56 PM

    Bradford is a ‘proven’ QB?

  25. promickey says: Jan 4, 2012 2:57 PM

    The Dolphins are certainly dysfunctional but to suggest that Sam Bradford is a more proven quarterback than Matt Moore of the Dolphins is not accurate. Bradford is rated #30 for NFL rated quarterbacks and Moore is number 12. Moore played without a very good offensive line or speed receivers. He also did not work as the number 1 QB in training camp. Everything that Peter King says is not gospel if you will.

    Mike when do we start commenting about a quarterback’s performance on the NFL playing field and not what was done back in his college days. View the body of work on film and Moore is the more proven QB. Example: Moore’s performance against the NY Jets to keep them out of the playoffs this past Sunday. View the number of passes the Dolphin receivers dropped. It is one thing to be a highly rated QB out of college but another to perform in the NFL.

  26. Stiller43 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:57 PM

    6 winning seasons out of 15.

    Nuf said.

  27. bleedgreen says: Jan 4, 2012 2:59 PM

    People keep asking about Fisher and his record, but I think most people in the industry know he was saddled with Vince Young and a interfering, bird flipping owner for the past how many years?

  28. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 4, 2012 3:01 PM

    tfaulk says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    “To help Ross clear out the stink of dysfunction in Dolphinland — and/or to properly compensate Fisher for the hazards of landing in the middle of a potentially toxic stew of personalities and agenda — Ross may have to fork over a record offer to get this specific fish into the boat.”

    Citation please. Yes, Ross is a newbies owner, but he’s also shown every sign that he’ll do what it takes to get what he wants.

    How about interviewing a candidate for a job that isn’t even open. And then having to stupidly back track when he couldn’t get what he wanted. Ross is as in over his head as the current Bucs GM and former Bucs head coach. And he stupidly proves it in the media time and again, just like the former Bucs head coach.

  29. hmpennypacker says: Jan 4, 2012 3:02 PM

    I think Miami is a sound option. Matt Moore’s not bad when he’s the relief. His last outing as a anointed starter didn’t turn out so well. There is always the possibility that the trade up for a qb like RG3 or Landry Jones. Of course he’d be butting heads with Belichick and Ryan twice a season so that may be enough to make him think twice. Personally I think the NFC West seems the most attractive option. The Rams are in good shape at qb and have high draft picks and lots of cap room, and the divisions going to be pretty competitive next year.

  30. xpensivewinos says: Jan 4, 2012 3:03 PM

    Ireland has swung and missed on way more free agents, bad contracts and draft choices than he’s hit on. And by the way, Dallas didn’t win sh** while he was there or since.

    The fact that he’s been in charge for any period of time and not helped to rectify the QB situation is ridiculous. They signed Moore as the big training camp competition for that dead-alive Henne and then never let him truly compete. Moore’s minimal success this season was a total accident, because Jethro got hurt.

    He also stepped in it with Reggie Bush. The acquisition itself was fine (still would rather have had Sproles and not have to trade away a pick, but I digress), but if he truly thought Bush was an every down back when he got him, he would not have traded up to get Daniel Thomas. Bush became an every down back by default because Thomas was always hurt………and he sucks.

    I could do this all day.

    There are intangibles involved with the persona of a team and Ireland continues the Parcell’s era/error which was a catastrophic failure and he’s too much of a link to an extremely negative element. He’s also proven to be extremely unlikeable and quite a douche bag in his own right.

    Wanna talk Marc Columbo now……

  31. rexismybff says: Jan 4, 2012 3:06 PM

    I’m in the wrong profession.

    I need to call myself an NFL head coach, lose disastrously for years, blame my quarterback, get fired, and then hold up several teams for tens of millions of dollars to be their “savior”.

    Nice gig if you can get it. And, with the ‘stache, he can always star in a few porns if he doesn’t like the the coaching money.

  32. realitypolice says: Jan 4, 2012 3:07 PM

    Well, whoever wins the “Jeff Fisher Sweepstakes” can look forward to playoff appearances approximately 30% of the seasons he is there, a winning percentage hovering around .500 and zero championships.

    Good luck, everybody!

  33. 6ball says: Jan 4, 2012 3:08 PM

    .

    Who’s won more Super Bowls, Rex Ryan or Jeff Fisher?

    Marketing 101 : create demand ….even where none exists.

    During Fisher’s ten years as Titan’s coach, Belichick won three titles. Mike Tomlin two ……..just sayin’

    .

  34. malignantsociety says: Jan 4, 2012 3:10 PM

    i3addog When is the last time one of these retreads moved to another city and won a title ?

    Coughlin in 2008
    Belichick in 2002, 2004, and 2005
    Vermeil in 2000

    (I didn’t count Gruden in 2003, since they traded for him)

  35. brutus9448 says: Jan 4, 2012 3:13 PM

    who died and made sam bradford a proven QB? What has he exactly proven?
    2-14 record or the 6 td – 6 ints he had this year?

  36. promickey says: Jan 4, 2012 3:14 PM

    Stiller43 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:57 PM
    6 winning seasons out of 15.

    Nuf
    —————————————————————-
    AGREED;

    The Dolphins need to stop the dysfunctional behavior. Johnson, Saban and then their replacements only add to the dysfunction. Big name coaches want to change everything to suit themselves. When they leave what happens…….more dysfunction as with Jimmy and Nick. Matt Moore may not be a so called franchise QB but he is performing without a great OL and WR group at a franchise QB level. So just leave everything alone and do not change a winning game. Add some more skill players, shut up and win: WITH TODD BOWLES

  37. rmc1995 says: Jan 4, 2012 3:16 PM

    Fisher’s only been out of the game for one season but works with the NFL rules and has remained in contact with active coaches. He could easily put together a relevant staff. Chicago is interesting because he would be coaching Cutler. Cutler was rated better than VY in the same draft and Fisher thought they could trade down and still get Cutler. But Bud Adams loved VY and forced him on Fisher.

  38. rosloe62 says: Jan 4, 2012 3:17 PM

    Bradford is only in his second year and has no one to throw to. If the Rams get Blackman and keep Lloyd, Bradford will definately move up the ranks. Any good coach would rather have Bradford over Moore!

  39. youngry says: Jan 4, 2012 3:18 PM

    Freeman > Bradford.

    At least Freeman has “proven” he can stay healthy.

    Freeman’s first year as a full-time starter was as good as any, this year he definitely took a big step back but anyone who thinks the Bucs’ faults this year lie at Freeman’s feet is only fooling themselves.

  40. alonestartexan says: Jan 4, 2012 3:19 PM

    Jeff Fisher is a great coach.

    Fisher won for years with subpar talent. Outside of Blaine Bishop, Jevon Kearse, and Keith Bulluck, the rest of the D was crap. Vanden Bosch was good in the system and Haynesworth was decent when it was payday.

    On Offense they had Matthews for a few years, McNair, George, and Wycheck and all 4 of those guys were gone by 2005.

    Fisher managed to win games while the franchise continued to bust on draft picks and Adams continued to let players walk and underpay others.

    Imagine what Fisher could do with a talented team !

    I could see Fisher getting together with Floyd Reese in Miami and making a winner.. Maybe they could deal their 1st rd. pick to Indy for Manning.

  41. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 4, 2012 3:19 PM

    displacedbucsfan says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:48 PM

    I keep hearing this “Sam Bradford: proven quarterback” talk as if Sam Bradford is somehow more “proven” than Josh Freeman.

    I fail to see how Bradford OR Freeman are proven QB’s. Freeman took a huge step back this year and was constantly seeing on the field and sidelines blaming his WR’s for his own mistakes late in the year.

  42. Nevis says: Jan 4, 2012 3:22 PM

    Hot air, Dolphins counting chickens before they hatch, again.

    Fisher won’t end up in Miami, book it.

  43. sundayisthebestday says: Jan 4, 2012 3:26 PM

    After the Harbaugh/Sparano bungle, Ross is going to have to pay a ton to get a decent coach. It doesn’t help to have this Peterson/Ireland sideshow going on at the moment, either.

    As for Bradford vs. Moore, Bradford played hurt while on the field this season, had zero help from his O-Line (much of which ended up on IR), had the worst receiving corps in the league, and had an OC that refused to really let loose the one offensive weapon the team has (Steven Jackson). Moore had some gutsy performances, but Bradford has a much higher ceiling.

  44. cjtogay says: Jan 4, 2012 3:26 PM

    Being from Tennessee and knowing someone that owns an outdoorsman hunting business that knows Fisher, and knowing how much he loves to hunt, and also knowing fisher owns a massive amount of hunting land in TN. It would be highly unlikely he would want to be surrounded by seagulls, sand, and palm trees, unless he gets real interested in sand crab hunting all the sudden instead of dear, and wild turkey!

  45. willisaldon9952 says: Jan 4, 2012 3:27 PM

    Yea right…………and the rumor was Jim Harbaugh was going to join the Dolphins this year as well lol

  46. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 4, 2012 3:38 PM

    cjtogay says:
    Jan 4, 2012 3:26 PM

    Being from Tennessee and knowing someone that owns an outdoorsman hunting business that knows Fisher, and knowing how much he loves to hunt, and also knowing fisher owns a massive amount of hunting land in TN. It would be highly unlikely he would want to be surrounded by seagulls, sand, and palm trees, unless he gets real interested in sand crab hunting all the sudden instead of dear, and wild turkey!

    While your initial statement might be true, I fail to see how millions of dollars might not overcome his love of hunting his own Thankgiving dinner.

  47. Phintastic says: Jan 4, 2012 3:38 PM

    cjtogay says:Jan 4, 2012 3:26 PM

    Being from Tennessee and knowing someone that owns an outdoorsman hunting business that knows Fisher, and knowing how much he loves to hunt, and also knowing fisher owns a massive amount of hunting land in TN. It would be highly unlikely he would want to be surrounded by seagulls, sand, and palm trees, unless he gets real interested in sand crab hunting all the sudden instead of dear, and wild turkey!

    This has to be one of the worst posts I have seen on this site….. Though it should be nominated for the “Deliverance” post of the year

  48. wikidpissah says: Jan 4, 2012 3:41 PM

    Fisher is VERY over rated. He’ll get a huge, long term contract that whoever signs him will regret for a long time.

  49. coderacer says: Jan 4, 2012 3:42 PM

    I find it funny how all these retread coaches, usually fired from their old jobs because of stale methods and lagging success, appear to suddenly be coaching geniuses who must be hired at all costs once new teams come calling after a couple months/years.

    See: Mike Shanahan. That hasn’t worked too well now has it? There’s a reason these guys were fired.

  50. youngry says: Jan 4, 2012 3:47 PM

    myopinionisrighterthanyours says:
    Jan 4, 2012 3:19 PM

    I fail to see how Bradford OR Freeman are proven QB’s. Freeman took a huge step back this year and was constantly seeing on the field and sidelines blaming his WR’s for his own mistakes late in the year.
    _____________________________

    I watched every single minute of every Bucs game and I can say that is completely untrue. Freeman owned up for all his mistakes and never “blamed” his WRs.

    Some of his interceptions were because two guys were running the same route (the last game 2 guys even knocked each other over,) or because WRs gave up on the play, or a number of other things that aren’t supposed to happen. The offense also became predictable. Double cover Williams, take away slants from Winslow and guard the deep ball against Benn and our passing game was shut down.

    Don’t get me wrong, Freeman threw plenty of bad balls too but any football fan who thinks every interception is the QBs fault simply doesn’t get it.

  51. ericbruning says: Jan 4, 2012 3:50 PM

    I dont get it, what’s so good about a coach who is only one first down better than .500 for his career…. what did he do? He was barely good enough to not get fired for a very long time. No thank you, dont even bother coming to Tampa…

  52. wannstache says: Jan 4, 2012 3:53 PM

    Great article. If Fisher was really that impressed, he wouldn’t have left without a signing a deal. He’s not going to coach our Dolphins; he’s just being a smart businessman and starting a bidding war.

  53. candyman4881 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:01 PM

    Bradford – 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year
    Moore – 2012 Backup QB

  54. pwoeckener says: Jan 4, 2012 4:10 PM

    I’m in the camp with the commenter that brought up Brian Billick’s name. Billick did a great job in Baltimore, during his tenure, and actually won a Super Bowl.

    As others have stated, Fisher is barely a +.500 coach, and had only one Super Bowl appearance. Fisher doesn’t really impress me as the kind of coach that can take over a locker room and will his team to a win. I just don’t see a whole lot of fire in the belly there.

    Not sure about Billick either, but this is why they do interviews.

    And if I am Ross I don’t see paying a coach $8 million if you aren’t going to draft a franchise quarterback. Do I think Matt Moore can get you to the playoffs? Yes. Will he get you to the Super Bowl. Doubtful.

    If Miami doesn’t get a franchise quarterback in the draft then you might as well keep Todd Bowles as your head coach, because there is nothing Jeff Fisher or Brian Billick will do for your team that will make them any better than what you currently have in house without the air apparent to Dan Marino guiding your team.

  55. pocketsstraight says: Jan 4, 2012 4:10 PM

    @coderacer — Shanahan was a retread in Denver and he only won 2 Superbowls. I totally agree with your point this never works

  56. motorcitym says: Jan 4, 2012 4:16 PM

    Les Miles will be named Miami’s new HC. Look what a proven MI guy did for SF

  57. wittersworld says: Jan 4, 2012 4:24 PM

    “When is the last time one of these retreads moved to another city and won a title ?”

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Tom Coughlin. Bill Belicheck.

    Also, no super bowl winning coach has ever gone to another team and won the super bowl there. Just saying…

  58. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 4, 2012 4:29 PM

    @youngry:

    While I didn’t watch nearly as much of the Bucs games as you, I can tell you you’re wrong. The past few games, after every pick, he’s been blaming his receivers even though HE is the one throwing it into double and sometimes triple coverage. Watch his hand gestures. They speak volumes. Amazed at the Freeman lovers out there. P.S., I do hope the kid turns it around, and I think a lot of it was frustration. But the kid showed an amazing lack of leadship and immaturity over the last 4-5 games. Straight up. Sorry.

  59. realitypolice says: Jan 4, 2012 4:32 PM

    @6ball:

    Please tell all of us when Tomlin won his second championship.

  60. rosloe62 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:44 PM

    Moore may not even start next year. Ask around the league and there are plenty of teams who would love to have Bradford on them!

  61. tformation says: Jan 4, 2012 4:46 PM

    Hmm. As an old school Bear fan, I love the idea of an old Bears tight end coming back to Chicago to coach. Reminds me of somebody.

    Might cause a bit of a problem though… *cough-cough* Rooney Rule *cough*

    Is Tampa really in the running for Fisher? Freeman did pretty well last year with an easy schedule, but the cupboard looks pretty bare there… especially when you look at the fans abandoning the franchise en masse, the notoriously stingy owners, losing a “home game” each year to play in London, etc., etc. Not a winning argument to me… Tampa looks worse than even Jacksonville for a head coaching gig to me…

  62. rosloe62 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:54 PM

    I’m not giving Bradford a total pass, but how about a lock out season, a new OC, no WR’s that could spread the field, a horrible and an injured O line, and one of the toughest schedules in the NFL. I don’t think Brady or Brees would have had huge success.

    If this was only Spags first or second year, he’d still be here.

  63. rosloe62 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:57 PM

    Fisher to Chi…Lovie to Tampa!

  64. scyankee9999 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:00 PM

    I’m tired of hearing all this 6 winning seasons talk. BB had one winning season in his first 6 yrs till he found Tom Brady. See what a franchise QB can do? JF never had that QB and while he only had 6 winning seasons he only had 5 loosing seasons in 16 years. Most important move is to get that franchise QB.

  65. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Jan 4, 2012 5:10 PM

    Why is Bradford always mentioned as a proven commodity? He was overrated as a rookie and regressed when they were still in the playoff hunt. If you get outplayed by Charlie Whitehurst you’re not very good. I think the Rams already ruined Bradford and he’s on the David Carr path now

  66. scyankee9999 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:40 PM

    I’m not giving Bradford a total pass, but how about a lock out season, a new OC, no WR’s that could spread the field, a horrible and an injured O line, and one of the toughest schedules in the NFL. I don’t think Brady or Brees would have had huge success

    Sounds just like Miamis situation too. So why give Bradford a free pass and no credit to Moore who didnt even start the season taking first team reps and still finished winning 6 of the last nine games for the fins.

  67. beeronthefridge says: Jan 4, 2012 5:50 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ROFLMAO

    Still stung from the crushing defeat suffered in the “must win to get to the playoffs” last game of the season, the revanchist jet trolls led by their jet diego writer, continue their ridiculous smear campaign against the fins and their organization.

    it won’t matter. While the fins are on their way to new heights, the jets are not only going down, their coach has been exposed as a charlatan and their qb as a rock thrower.

  68. FinFan68 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:59 PM

    @pwoeckener:
    I agree with you and I think either Billick or Fisher will be fine. As for the franchise QB thing, there are other options. Fisher wants (or at least he wanted) some say in who his QB was/will be. Ross can simply tell Fisher that he will do everything possible to get Fisher’s choice at QB. If Fisher wants Luck (or Manning) Ross would be willing to drop a ton of cash/picks if necessary. What if Fisher wants Flynn? Easy enough. I personally wouldn’t mind keeping Moore and calling up Belichick to see what it would take to get Mallett. Swap 1st rounders + a player or 3rd rounder would be fine with me. Maybe Fisher likes the kid also (at least we know it won’t be VY :) ). Who knows what’s gonna happen. At least it will be an interesting off-season this year with no arguing over a lockout/walkout.

  69. tfaulk says: Jan 4, 2012 6:06 PM

    @myopinionisrighterthanyours

    I completely acknowledged that Ross made a couple of boneheaded mistakes based on knowing more about business than about football.

    However, I don’t see how that is a toxic cesspool of personalities.

    Even after being dicked around, Sparano continued to work like a professional and did a fantastic job. I don’t see personalities jockeying for control or attention, creating a bad environment. I see a new owner making a couple of goofy moves, but moving on, and building a very solid team (of players, coaching staff, and front office, even when they were underachieving or failing).

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