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The Jeff Fisher leverage game is working

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Earlier today, we pointed out that free-agent coach Jeff Fisher — the only “A”-list coach in the 2012 hiring cycle — has adroitly commenced the process of building leverage for a great job offer by making it known that he left Miami with a good impression of the Dolphins and owner Stephen Ross.

And so, like the only pair of Air Jordan XI Concords at the local Foot Locker, the kids will all be clamoring for their shot at Fisher, before it’s too late.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins plan to pay whatever it takes to get Fisher.  “The Dolphins are prepared to make Jeff Fisher the best financial offer of any team vying for the coach this winter,” Salguero writes, citing an NFL source and a source close to Ross.

It’s another example of the klutzy, clumsy manner in which Ross has been running the team.  Though Ross surely thinks that he’ll be able to scare away any other suitors simply by making it known that they shouldn’t bother to compete for Fisher’s services, Ross may be inviting one or more of his fellow billionaires to get into a bidding war — even if one or more of the others are hoping only to drive up the price that Ross eventually pays.

The biggest drawback to forcing Ross to overspend is that a curve-blowing deal for Fisher will raise the bar for all other coaches.  Still, when operating in a small fraternity of really rich guys who are accustomed to getting their way, it’s never wise for one of them to try to dictate to the rest that he intends to get his way.

Either way, Fisher will win — if his goal is to get paid a lot of money.

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  1. ampats says: Jan 4, 2012 4:38 PM

    Being a Pats fan it is great to see another team in the AFC East with a front office and owner consisting of Dumb & Dumber.

  2. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 4, 2012 4:39 PM

    All the money in the world won’t matter if his office is down wind from King Carl’s.

  3. bananagrabber12 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:39 PM

    From a Pats fan perspective, I’d be okay with Fisher going to the Dolphins. He had a lot of good years with the Titans, but a lot of bad years as well. Much better to deal with him than Cowher or Gruden, I think.

  4. orthodoxdj says: Jan 4, 2012 4:40 PM

    Fisher will end up coaching the Cowboys.

  5. jessieboom says: Jan 4, 2012 4:43 PM

    So Ross paying whatever it takes to get what he feels and is told is “klutzy, clumsy”?

  6. mackie66 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:43 PM

    Salguero has been wrong in the past. No dought Ross wants Fisher. Why, is the question asked by most of the Salgueros readers. Fisher has been average at best. Just look at his record, Fishers been to one SB and lost it.
    Ross’s only problem is he gets stary eyed. The Dolfans want a constent winner, we dont care who the coach is. Gruden/Cowher only want to coach a team thats “in place”. They dont want to work for it. Kinda lazy.

  7. theravens1 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:45 PM

    I doubt Jeff needs a good agent!

  8. thejotapee says: Jan 4, 2012 4:46 PM

    Doesn’t matter whose coaching the Fins. No QB, no championship.

  9. fumblenuts says: Jan 4, 2012 4:46 PM

    That picture looks like the nerd in 1970’s Cracker Jack commercials…..

  10. imag3d says: Jan 4, 2012 4:49 PM

    I am a life long Dolphin fan and it makes me sad to see the way the current team is being run. Ross has no clue on how to own and manage a NFL franchise and his “best” adviser is Carl Peterson. That’s the equivalent of hiring the former captain of the Titanic
    to help you navigate your ship through mine infested waters. Dolphin fans were sunk…

  11. nineroutsider says: Jan 4, 2012 4:51 PM

    This guy is going to get worked again, the way young Jedd York worked him last year for Harbaugh. Perhaps it had nothing to do with Jedd; Harbaugh’s read of Ross was that he’s a tool…

    It is fairly obvious…

  12. 8drinkminimum says: Jan 4, 2012 4:51 PM

    Welcome to the afternoon session of the “Bash Stephen Ross”two a days.

    Que up all of the haters in 3-2-1……

    In the meantime Ross could keep all of the bashers on here as pets and he wouldn’t notice the financial cost.

  13. stevincinci says: Jan 4, 2012 4:52 PM

    overrated coach. go ahead and pay him too much, Miami. Just like the money you wasted on Bill Parcels. How did that work out for you.

  14. bobhk says: Jan 4, 2012 4:54 PM

    “Though Ross surely thinks that he’ll be able to scare away any other suitors simply by making it known that they shouldn’t bother to compete for Fisher’s services”

    One of the owners in the market for a head coach is Kroenke (owner of Rams). Why would be scared of Ross. He’s worth more. Plus he’s from the Walmart fame. He can outbid Ross if he wants to.

    I personally think Fisher is not worth whatever it takes.

  15. cactitle says: Jan 4, 2012 4:55 PM

    Tiki is Flabbergasted!

  16. hatesycophants says: Jan 4, 2012 4:55 PM

    Did you really make a classless allusion to kids getting shot over shoes? You’ll sink to any depths, huh?

  17. baldingerspinky says: Jan 4, 2012 4:56 PM

    I hope fisher coaches the cowboys. Love to check off 2 wins a season for the duration of his tenure

  18. 8drinkminimum says: Jan 4, 2012 4:56 PM

    @nineroutsider

    Funny that Harbaugh said his family wanted to stay in California when he took the niner job.

    So which is it? Is your coach a lier or did he personnally tell you that Ross is a tool? You were in the room right?

  19. kingjoe1 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:58 PM

    Hilarious.
    First none of the billionaire owners are dumb. Secondly it amazes me that people are critical of an owner who wants to spend money to get better. People just are never happy.
    Fisher will brign stability to an organization. He might even bring a superbowl; got a better option?

  20. jmagnet28 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:02 PM

    Am I missing something? Jeff Fisher only had 6 out of 16 winning seasons in Tennessee. 6 out of 16!!!! Is that not complete mediocrity?

    Whay is he being treated like the Phil Jackson of the NFL? Miami just doesn’t get it. Name recognition just isnt the way to go anymore. Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh, Mike Smith, Jim Schwartz. None of these guys were household names and all have been incredibly successful.

  21. FinFan68 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:04 PM

    I don’t think it works quite that way, Mike. As you stated, forcing Ross to overpay does nothing but hurt future teams (one of which could be the other bidder) when they go out to get a new “proven” coach that got fired (or resigned) before. I don’t think that an owner will pay a coach more than they think they should so the “bidding war” will only go as far as those involved are willing to spend. To think that Kroenke would bid $8M/year just to force Ross to pay $9M is absurd considering Ross has the option to not outbid.

    I agree that Ross has been clumsy (almost shady) when it comes to some of this stuff but he is at least willing to spend the money to make the team better. I may disagree with his choices but I do not question his motives except that I hope the choices are football decisions vs. sales decisions in his mind. I don’t care if he spends $20M to get the coach he believes will help the team win again. It’s not like he can get it back from the fans by raising ticket prices (looked around at a Dolphins home game lately, they want a winner or they won’t come even if he lowers prices)

  22. emoney12 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:04 PM

    Fisher had 6 winning seasons out of 17 in Tennessee. What am I missing here?

  23. candyman4881 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:08 PM

    Fisher’s Agent’s son is the COO of the Rams – Cant wait to see Fisher as a Ram!

  24. candyman4881 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:09 PM

    emoney12 says:Jan 4, 2012 5:04 PM

    Fisher had 6 winning seasons out of 17 in Tennessee. What am I missing here?
    ———————
    Fisher had 5 losing seasons too in 17 years

  25. tunescribe says: Jan 4, 2012 5:10 PM

    Overrated, overrated, overrated. And he condones dirty play as well. Doesn’t matter where he goes, the results will be mediocre.

  26. jcusa514 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:11 PM

    people knock parcells for leaving, but i mean, look at who he brought in from 2008-2010

    proven players:
    long, marshall, vontae davis, sean smith, randy starks, pennington, cameron wake, dan carpenter (yes, i went there with a kicker), karlos dansby

    average, not great:
    jared odrick, koa misi ,brian hartline,davone bess, philip merling, kendall langford, fasano

    the players are all there, this team is one QB away from the playoffs.

  27. jcusa514 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:13 PM

    almost forgot my two cents for a head coach…todd bowles. he’s already there

  28. david7590 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:20 PM

    candyman4881 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 5:09 PM
    emoney12 says:Jan 4, 2012 5:04 PM

    Fisher had 6 winning seasons out of 17 in Tennessee. What am I missing here?
    ———————
    Fisher had 5 losing seasons too in 17 years

    —————-
    So Fisher had 11 seasons of .500 or worse in 17 years. No one fears Jeff Fisher.

  29. souldogdave says: Jan 4, 2012 5:20 PM

    So, 6 years of 8-8? 5 losing seasons, 6 winning seasons but no ring in 17 years? No Thanks.

  30. borisbulldog says: Jan 4, 2012 5:22 PM

    If it weren’t for Steve McNair, we wouldn’t be having this all out fellatation for Jeff Fisher!

  31. cantonbound13 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:24 PM

    When you have a poor front office run by Ireland & Peterson as well as no franchise qb, you better get ready to overpay.
    As a long time Dolphin fan it looks like Fisher is just driving up the price tag & will go to St. Louis. Ross is constantly getting played, time to get out of the football business Mr. Peanut, I mean Ross.

  32. nineroutsider says: Jan 4, 2012 5:26 PM

    8drinkminimum says: Jan 4, 2012 4:51 PM

    Welcome to the afternoon session of the “Bash Stephen Ross”two a days.

    Que up all of the haters in 3-2-1……

    In the meantime Ross could keep all of the bashers on here as pets and he wouldn’t notice the financial cost.
    ———————————————————–
    Sorry I don’t dole out instant respect to billionaires just because they are billionaires.

    I just don’t like his style, it’s just a personal preference. Sorry to disrespect your hero. You will be doing it in another few years, I just beat you to the punch.

  33. slickmarine says: Jan 4, 2012 5:27 PM

    Right… and he won 142 games/lost 120 over all those years. Something like a .540 average? Several .500 seasons skew the numbers, but to think that Fisher is below average — some sort of a ‘dawg’ of a coach — isn’t representing the facts. He has played the game, is respected by his peers, and (for the most part) a player’s coach.

    He’s the best good coach on the market right now. That’s the bottom line.

  34. bobhk says: Jan 4, 2012 5:27 PM

    8drinkminimum says:
    Jan 4, 2012 4:56 PM
    @nineroutsider

    Funny that Harbaugh said his family wanted to stay in California when he took the niner job.

    So which is it? Is your coach a lier or did he personnally tell you that Ross is a tool? You were in the room right?
    ————–
    No one on this board was in that room (unless I am very much mistaken).

    Harbaugh is probably not a liar but he may have told a white lie to let Ross save his face.
    After all, if you remember Ross made a last minute trip to west coast to supposedly (according to the reports) convince Harbaugh to Miami.
    The way Ross treated Sparano (by courting Harbaugh while still employing Sparano) will tell anyone he’s a tool (perhaps bigger than even Jerry Jones).

  35. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 4, 2012 5:31 PM

    Why the demand for these washed up coaches?? When the 49ers needed one I don’t think they even considered any of them (gruden,cowher,fisher,fox) they went out and got a brand new one and he’s doing better then most of the rest of the NFL. I just don’t see why the demand is so high for people who didn’t achieve much and are far from proven.

  36. nineroutsider says: Jan 4, 2012 5:33 PM

    8drinkminimum says: Jan 4, 2012 4:56 PM

    @nineroutsider

    Funny that Harbaugh said his family wanted to stay in California when he took the niner job.

    So which is it? Is your coach a lier or did he personnally tell you that Ross is a tool? You were in the room right?
    ————————————————————–
    Right bro, a site dedicated to rumors requires all who comment to be in the room, good point. You aren’t up to 8 yet bro!

  37. gotitan says: Jan 4, 2012 5:33 PM

    @ jmagnet28 says:

    Not that I disagree with your comments, but where did Schwartze cut his teeth?

    If I recall it was under Fish in Titan Town. We’re glad to have Muncheck over the previous reign.

    Good luck to the Fish. Team or coach!

  38. promickey says: Jan 4, 2012 5:41 PM

    Wow, I misjudged Stephen Ross. It’s really hard to call a lawyer who has a billionaire fortune in real estate dumb but this is dumb. Fisher has 142 wins and 120 loses in 16 NFL seasons. Only 6 of those season were with a winning record. He is a marginal coach at best and so it goes in Miami.

  39. huejackson says: Jan 4, 2012 5:42 PM

    Well I have 2 thoughts, 1 is Fisher really that good of a coach? He took the Titans to the superbowl but he was also there for 17 years..
    Also if he is that good why wouldn’t the Chargers fore Norv and go get him! It would be a perfect Situation there, He has a good QB there and it’s San Diego!
    There is no pressure tow in there, they don;’t really have a loyal fan base. Great weather, Hot Chicks.
    But Miami has some hot broads too and great weather, but no qb and not to mention you have to deal with celebs owning the team..
    Can you imaging having to answer to J LO about football

  40. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 4, 2012 5:44 PM

    Finfan hit the nail on the head. No owner is going to get into a bidding war with another owner unless he actually wants the coach. To think they are going to bid up the price just so their fellow billionaire spends a few million more is absurd.

    I have no problem with what Ross is doing. If Fisher is the top dog out there, he should spend whatever he needs to get him on his team. I’m sure Dolphin fans don’t care what he spends as long as he lands him.

  41. docboss says: Jan 4, 2012 5:46 PM

    I formerly thought that it was not all about the money, but STL has heard that before (see King Albert Pujols). But, if Fisher wants the “best job”, he should look for the combination (in no particular order): money, control, stability, “win-ability”, and a quarterback. STL has the money, will give him control to pick the GM, a hands-off owner, the NFC West and Bradford. Miami has money, Carl Peterson and Jeff Ireland, a knuckhead owner who can’t keep his mouth shut and changes his mind daily, two games with Bill B. every year (losses both) and Matt Moore.
    Regarding his record…if there were no Peyton Manning it would have looked a lot better (5-13)

  42. lawboy2000 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:48 PM

    Isn’t Ross creating a Rooney Rule issue for himself and scaring away any minority coaching candidate with a head on his shoulders?

  43. chatham10 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:50 PM

    I still do not understand the hype for Fisher, but the fact remains, if you do not have the players you will not win no matter what. The great Lombardi lost in Washington when he did not have the players the Packers had when he won those titles.

  44. basexc9 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:04 PM

    At the end of the day, it’s his money to spend. The Fins could pay Fisher $50 million a year and I wouldn’t care. Is it hurting our chances to be a better team next year? No, it’s helping. It’s not like Fisher’s salary eats into the salary cap/minimum next year.

  45. thewizardofbs says: Jan 4, 2012 6:06 PM

    Talking about records and how tricky they can be, let’s look at a few.

    Fisher’s record is 142-120, that’s 8.8 wins/season in a 16 game season.

    The combination of Shula/Marino had 9.4 wins /season (corrected for a 16 game season)

    The combination of Wanstat/Fiedler and other QBs had 9 wins/season

    So is Fisher only .6 games/season less talented than the Shula/Marino combination?

    Is Wanstat only .4 games/season less talented than Shula/Marino?

    Don’t be tricked by numbers, look a little deeper at the man, he stayed 16 years with one team. That must be worth something.

  46. spfripp says: Jan 4, 2012 6:08 PM

    I don’t really care for trendy coaches. Take a look at the last few SB winners, Pats, Steelers, Giants, Saints and Packers. None of those teams had an “A list” coach when there was a coaching change on those teams. Last team to win a SB with an “A list” coach was the Colts.

  47. skolvikesskol says: Jan 4, 2012 6:11 PM

    Sometimes a second run is good. Gruden dungy cowher belichek… They learn feom their mistakes, have a bigger network of coaches players an recruiting. Know what not to do. Dont repeat mistakes. Basically hit the ground running…

  48. candyman4881 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:11 PM

    candyman4881 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 5:09 PM
    emoney12 says:Jan 4, 2012 5:04 PM

    Fisher had 6 winning seasons out of 17 in Tennessee. What am I missing here?
    ———————
    Fisher had 5 losing seasons too in 17 years

    —————-
    So Fisher had 11 seasons of .500 or worse in 17 years. No one fears Jeff Fisher.

    —————————-
    Fisher had 12 seasons of .500 or better in the same division as the Steelers and Ravens until 2002 and the Colts since 2002

    .500 record against the Steelers and Ravens at that time as well

    Many teams would kill to be that good during that time

  49. drewbo22 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:23 PM

    Fisher gets most of his respect from being on the competition committee during some of his tenure with TN. That afforded him the opportunity to meet and know most of the owners and top executives on a personal level.

    Now , as a Nashville, Tn native…he is just an average coach, who would have been fired earlier during his tenure had he been in a larger mkt.

  50. dctitanfan says: Jan 4, 2012 6:24 PM

    I’m not a huge Fisher fan, but you do have to look behind the numbers.

    In his first season, he inherited a joke of a team mid-season.

    In his second season, the team was respectable.

    And in 3 seasons thereafter – transitioning from HOU to TEN – his 8-8 records were miracles, considering his teams practiced at sub-par facilities (waiting for Nashville) and played with absolutely no fan support (in lame ducks Houston and Memphis).

    After many successful years thereafter, including the SB, he suffered a dip because of salary cap releases/issues, but then picked it up again for several years before VY happened. (I can’t defend his handling of VY – he should have done better there, no matter what you think of VY.)

    Perspective, people.

  51. lockoftheweak says: Jan 4, 2012 6:32 PM

    Polian, Peyton and Fisher will all end up together somewhere

  52. skleech22 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:54 PM

    ampats says:
    Jan 4, 2012 4:38 PM
    Being a Pats fan it is great to see another team in the AFC East with a front office and owner consisting of Dumb & Dumber.

    I know how you feel….I remember the 70’s,80’s and 90’s when the Pats were annual doormats in the AFC East every year so get off your high horse there Victor Kiam!!! The Patriots haven’t done didley since the cameras were put away!!!!!!

  53. hmpennypacker says: Jan 4, 2012 6:56 PM

    I agree with docboss & dctitanfan.

    Fisher spent all those 17 years going up against two of the toughest teams in the NFL and a team who had/has a cyborg at quarterback. And the titans were still pretty competitive as I remember.

    Having played Peyton twice a year for the last near decade I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t want to face Brady twice a year now!

    The Rams do make the most sense for the reasons previously stated. I know Bradford didn’t have a great year this year but the guy had no one to throw to! Give him a break!

  54. nhphinphan says: Jan 4, 2012 7:25 PM

    First off Ross isn’t an idiot. He does need to learn to be a little quieter as an owner when it comes to money. But on the same token this guy is willing to do whatever it takes to bring the pride back to the phins so as a fan of them I can appreciate that.

    Fisher is a good coach, if he is a great one that remains to be seen but I would be comfortable with him on this team, I don’t he will (St.Louis) but we will see.

    Also this team is above and beyond what St. Louis is. Really Sam Bradford is your “franchise” quarterback? Matt Moore (who is still young) was in the top 10 over the last 8 games of the season. And this whole get rid of Jeff Ireland thing needs to stop. This guy crushed the draft this year (Pouncey going to the probowl, Danial Thomas as a complement to Bush, Clay, Wilson, Gates all played significant time and roles this year). Brought in Reggie and Keith Burnett and got rid of Crowder. Those are some ballsy but great roster moves. Oh yeah did I mention Matt Moore? He brought him in too.

    This team is close, real close.

  55. NFLJunkie says: Jan 4, 2012 7:33 PM

    The teams reported to have the most interest in Fisher have just come off unsuccessful stints with first-time head coaches, so they most likely WANT a “re-tread” with some kind of track record as HC. Like the Broncos hiring John Fox last year this time after the McDaniels debacle.

    When you bash Fisher’s “non-winning seasons” stat, remember that he took over an awful team in the middle of a nasty divorce with Houston, and had to keep the team together through some morale-shredding years early on in his HC career when they didn’t even have facilities fit for a good college team. So not all 8-8 or 7-9 seasons he delivered were an underachievement.

    He’s made the playoffs with three different starting QBs over the last 8 years, with all kinds of other roster turnover along the way. And one of the more “colorful” bosses/owners to deal with to boot.

    Plus, he’s good at engaging fans — lessons learned early in his career when he didn’t inherit built-in fan support.

    He’s seen it all, and despite his “good not great” resume, he’s exactly the kind of guy a team the Dolphins or Rams would want right now. It’s not a mystery what they see in him.

  56. dickroy says: Jan 4, 2012 7:48 PM

    Fisher is good, but definatley not the best coach out there.

  57. strahan92 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:54 PM

    The biggest robbery I’ve ever seen in sports is when Bill Belicheat’s friend Nick Saban “traded” him Wes Welker for a bag of balls and a couple of camcorders. Stay Classy!

  58. scyankee9999 says: Jan 4, 2012 8:00 PM

    Let’s remember Ross went to california the interview not flying the guy out to Miami. By all accounts it seems he wanted to stay in Cali and Ross had the balls to give it his beat effort. He failed but at least he was willing to try to change the mind of the HC he really wanted. I give him credit for going after the man he wanted knowing he was not willing to leave Cali.

  59. hmpennypacker says: Jan 4, 2012 8:01 PM

    I’m sorry but I really don’t understand the love for Matt Moore. This year in Miami was pretty much the same as a few years ago in Carolina. He came in for Delhomme and won some games, was given the starting job last season and tanked, Sounds more like the second coming of A.J. Feeley! Besides Have Dolphin fans given up on Henne already? Wasn’t he having a good year until he got injured?

  60. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 4, 2012 8:49 PM

    I think its more like the overrated game is working

  61. FinFan68 says: Jan 4, 2012 8:58 PM

    @hmpennypacker
    The jury is still out on Moore. He did look very good subbing for Delhomme a couple years ago and then looked like garbage along with Clausen last year. At a minimum he is a good back-up or maybe a competent starter. I don’t think he will be a Brady/Manning/Brees/Rodgers talent but he is good enough to win although not carry a poor team.

    As for Henne, it’s a shame. He was having a decent year. He looked more confident, threw for over 400 in the 1st game. (not saying much considering the stats put up this year). I think Henne could have blossomed into a very good QB. The problem is when it comes to QBs, some need time to sit and learn (like Rodgers did) and some are OK with getting thrown in the deep end of the pool at first. Henne is in the first category. He wasn’t ready but he did OK. When he regressed, he wasn’t able to handle the scrutiny and his confidence was further damaged by a coaching staff that routinely undermined his progress. (Constant talk of replacement, not allowing him to audible out of plays he knows are doomed when he got to the line, etc.) Many fans gave up on Henne and he is as good as gone. It’s a shame since he was showing signs of improvement and real leadership.

  62. bobhk says: Jan 4, 2012 8:58 PM

    Also this team is above and beyond what St. Louis is. Really Sam Bradford is your “franchise” quarterback? Matt Moore (who is still young) was in the top 10 over the last 8 games of the season.
    ————
    I’m sorry…wha??

    I’m not a Rams fan but are you really comparing Bradford to Moore? Bradford did have a regression year but not one talent evaluator in NFL would take Moore over Bradford.
    I don’t see any new coach/GM coming in that will get rid of Bradford. I can see the new Dolphins regime making Moore a backup.

    Rams also have the most cap room among all teams. They have a cornerstone on defense in Chris Long.

    This is not a slight of Moore or the Dolphins. Both were badly managed but the Rams job is more attractive as far as I can tell.

  63. darthhitman77 says: Jan 4, 2012 10:48 PM

    “Though Ross surely thinks that he’ll be able to scare away any other suitors simply by making it known that they shouldn’t bother to compete for Fisher’s services, Ross may be inviting one or more of his fellow billionaires to get into a bidding war — even if one or more of the others are hoping only to drive up the price that Ross eventually pays.”

    “YEP”…

  64. wadecounty93 says: Jan 4, 2012 10:56 PM

    You all can have Jeff Fisher I dont want him in Miami I would rather have a young coordinator!

  65. snikerbotloot says: Jan 4, 2012 11:47 PM

    Jeff Fisher had 16 years with the Oilers/Titans and no Super Bowl. Chudzinski should at the top of the list of new hires

  66. Rockets GM says: Jan 5, 2012 7:38 AM

    If you don’t have a good Quarterback, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Lombardi/Landry/Shula/ Knoll/Walsh hybrid SUPER COACH, you simply won’t be winning regularily in the NFL…. Lombardi had Starr, Landry had Staubach, Knoll had Bradshaw and Walsh had Montana… and HECK, Shula had Unitas/Griese/Marino. See the pattern?

  67. shawn7331 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:17 AM

    Spend millions and for what? For a never has been coach who never will be? Ross and Irland are the two biggest jokes in the NFL. Miami stands to loose a lot more fans if they hire Fisher, (my self included)….just say’n

  68. dolphincritic says: Jan 5, 2012 8:55 AM

    The Dolphins are a team suffering from poor organization and a disorganized chain-of-command. When you look at the description of their organization on their web sight, you see that there are three separate leaders who can work without consulting with anyone other than Mr. Ross. Add Carl Peterson to this mix and you have the mess we are in.

    Jeff Fisher will eventually become aware of this circumstance because it will impact his potential for success. It means that Jeff Ireland and he will have a relationship where their differences are settled by an absentee owner. (Ross loves the bright lights) That is how Sporano got into trouble. The GM has to work with the head coach rather than work around him.

    Mr. Ross needs to impose on someone he trusts, like Mr. Peterson, to be “The Man” and run the team the way Joe Thomas did in the Dolphin glory days. Fisher will use the Dolphins deep pockets as leverage in St. Louis because he knows they are tight with a buck.

    My prediction is Marty Schottenheimer’s son does us a “Favor,” leaves the Jets and is the new head coach! Yes, Marty & Company worked 1o years for Carl Peterson.

    Prediction #2: Luck to Colts & P. Manning to the Redskins (if healthy) for 2 #1 picks. Snyder wants to win now & loves to overpay too!

    Prediction #3: We overpay Matt Flynn and then fail to acquire the players he needs to win here!

    Prediction #4: We trade down in the draft and end up with a Right Tackle in the first round.

    Just A thought!

  69. dolphincritic says: Jan 5, 2012 9:27 AM

    As I read everyone’s comments, I detect that we are getting sidetracked. Everyone thinks that there is a silver bullet that can make us a Super Bowl winner. Sorry! We have to beat New England just to win the conference! Ask yourself, “Right now, can we beat New England?” Okay, let’s get focused.

    A great coach, like Shula and his staff, could win with theirs and then take yours and beat theirs! Outside of New England and New Orleans – show me the next Don Shula! Remember, Shula was a successful head coach when the Dolphins acquired his services with a big salary and a piece of the team! Is Mr. Ross going to make that deal in 2012?

    Second, Matt Moore wasn’t the problem this year! In the games Moore played in, we lost because the defense couldn’t stop good teams from outscoring us! We need three CB! We need to shift Sean Smith to Safety! We either need to use the 4-3 more or get a left OLB.

    We need another good QB just for depth purposes, if nothing else. If we draft a rookie – he will have to develop and adapt to some degree! Even Dan Marino had a few games to watch and learn, plus he had Don Strock to help him slow the game down a little! We don’t have that depth!

    Look at Denver! They are using a QB, that really can’t pass very well but can run, to compliment a good running game and a good defense. They have a brilliant leader in the front office (Elway) and a very good coach who understands how to asses player’s strengths and build a team that enhances their strong suits. It is not rocket science and Coach Fox isn’t a Don Shula! Do you get my point?

    The trouble starts with Mr. Ross and then permeates down and out through the organization. When Mr. Ross gets his head on right and pays attention to his large investment, he will get things on track. It starts by finding someone that can run the business like John Elway – not a great coach like Don Shula.

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