Rams interview Jeff Fisher

Reuters

As Jeff Fisher continues in his efforts to return to an NFL sideline, his next interview is set.

Fisher is meeting with the St. Louis Rams today, as reported by both ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Yahoo’s Michael Silver.

The Rams will be Fisher’s second interview of the week, following up on his earlier interview with the Dolphins. Other reports have suggested that Fisher would be interested in coaching the Buccaneers and the Colts (if Jim Caldwell gets fired), but the Rams and the Dolphins are reportedly his only interviews so far.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is making it known that he’s willing to spend whatever it takes to get Fisher, but that doesn’t necessarily make the Dolphins the favorites. Fisher may have more control over the front office in St. Louis than he would have in Miami, and he may like the quarterback situation better in St. Louis as well.

But the biggest question is what Fisher’s views are on the quarterback situation in St. Louis. Silver reported that Fisher doesn’t necessarily need to have a stud quarterback in place where ever he goes, and that Fisher doesn’t love Bradford anyway.

The question then could become whether Fisher falls in love with Baylor’s Robert Griffen III during draft evaluations. If he does, that could create a difficult situation in St. Louis: The Rams have a lot of money tied up in Bradford, but after he followed his promising rookie season with a disappointing 2011, the new coach will at least consider the possibility that Bradford is the wrong fit for the franchise.

But it sounds like the owners in both St. Louis and Miami believe Fisher is the right fit for them. At the moment, he looks like the favorite choice for both teams.

37 responses to “Rams interview Jeff Fisher

  1. Really? Another recycled coach? With a career winning percentage of .542? Give someone else a chance. This guy is not that good. Career 5 – 6 record in the post season too!

  2. “The question then could become whether Fisher falls in love with Baylor’s Robert Griffen III”

    – REALLY…. two words Vince Young.

    If Fisher could not work with Young what makes anyone think he would work with RGIII?

  3. I know some of the statements in your articles are designed to spark debate, but saying RG3 has a chance of becoming the Rams qb is just stupid! There’s too much money tied up in Bradford and he hasn’t even played 3 years yet! If Fisher takes the job they’ll either trade down or draft Justin Blackmon.

  4. ” but after he followed his promising rookie season with a disappointing 2011, the new coach will at least consider the possibility that Bradford is the wrong fit for the franchise.”

    Of course. You can judge a player’s fit with a team over the course of two seasons. Assuming you ignore the change in scheme in a shortened off season and injuries to the QB.

    So yeah. Go ahead and roll the dice on another QB because if RG3 isn’t a fit either you can just dial 1-800-GET-AQBB and find another franchise player.

  5. I don’t see how you can give up on Bradford that quickly. Surely you have to take into consideration the lack of wide receiving threat (until Llyod arrived), Jackson was banged up all year and the O line play wasn’t great.

    But i’d be very interested to see what Fisher does with that defence, they have some nice pieces in place.

  6. .542 regular season record in 17 years. 5-6 playoff record in 17 years. Once again, why is he a hot commodity?

  7. Spends millions and millions on Bradford and then spend millions and millions on Fisher, who dumps Bradford and then spend millions and millions to draft a rookie quarterback and then loss millions and millions while rebuilding and training new QB.

    That’s a sound business plan, St. Louis!

  8. I look foward to the pft take on newton’s sophmore year should he take a step back in his development due to injury or the fact he plays for a lousy team. after all the praise you heaped on him surly you will have no qualms about giving him the same treatment you are giving bradforfd right?

  9. St Louis has a better QB then Miami? Humm.
    End of season stats:
    11 Philip Rivers, QB SD 582 366 62.9 4,624 7.95 58 27 20 30 88.7 289

    12 Matt Moore, QB MIA 347 210 60.5 2,497 7.20 65 16 9 36 87.1 192

    30 Sam Bradford, QB STL 357 191 53.5 2,164 6.06 68 6 6 36 70.5 216

    And let’s remember Matt Moore had no offseason with first team and came in at game 7 I believe.

  10. If Fisher is offered the Rams job with the pre-text that the Rams are moving back to L.A., he’d be an idiot not to take the job. He’d get to coach in his hometown plus the immediate attractiveness that L.A. brings towards new free agents would make the Rams a magnet for top-flight players. LA RAM4EVER!!!

  11. Says 12strikes: “The question then could become whether Fisher falls in love with Baylor’s Robert Griffen III

    – REALLY…. two words Vince Young.

    If Fisher could not work with Young what makes anyone think he would work with RGIII?”

    Um, two words, 12strikes:

    STEVE McNAIR.

    Get a clue. VY and RGIII are night and day. For starters the Baylor kid may have the highest IQ in this year’s draft class.

  12. I love how many people think Fisher is a washed up, terrible coach.

    Yes, let’s discount him routinely having winning seasons with mediocre rosters and working around a meddling owner.

    Fisher is a good coach. It’s not like good candidates grow on trees.

  13. dolphinsrule65 says:Jan 5, 2012 10:12 AM

    St Louis has a better QB then Miami? Humm.
    End of season stats:
    11 Philip Rivers, QB SD 582 366 62.9 4,624 7.95 58 27 20 30 88.7 289

    12 Matt Moore, QB MIA 347 210 60.5 2,497 7.20 65 16 9 36 87.1 192

    30 Sam Bradford, QB STL 357 191 53.5 2,164 6.06 68 6 6 36 70.5 216

    And let’s remember Matt Moore had no offseason with first team and came in at game 7 I believe.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Are you really saying that the Chargers or Rams offered to trade their QBs in a straight swap you wouldn’t be interested? I’d love to have Rivers in Miami and Bradford still has potential. I love what Moore has done this year but I think he’s peaked- he’s a great competitor but I don’t think he’s taking the Dolphins to a SB.

  14. Oh, and I don’t want Fisher either, although I still think that great coaches often become so when they luck out (no pun intended) with a franchise QB. Give Fisher Tom Brady and I think he’s look like a frickin’ genius!!!

  15. Defensive-oriented retreads have a longer shelf-life than their offensive-oriented counterparts. Fisher isn’t the guy to get them back to the Super Bowl, but he’s good enough to turn the franchise around.

    By the way, a 5-6 playoff record isn’t that bad. See, the way the playoffs work is, when you lose, you don’t get to play any more games. And everybody loses except one team. 5-6 gives him a better percentage than, for example, Don Coryell and Marty Schottenheimer, and the same as Bud Grant.

    The Rams could do a lot worse.

  16. Jimmy Johnson was just a big loser only with one win in his first year at Dallas, however when you look at the next couple of years its a new game, you got to look at all of the issues with a team before judging a QB or head coach, you need to have a say in buying the food if you are cooking the meal. Bill

  17. I still don’t get why it’s so hard to understand why a team who just went the “hire the hot coordinator” route and ended up with a 10-38 record to show for it, would now opt for the recycled head coach approach instead.

    If you want some proven experience this time around, you really aren’t going to find a better candidate than Fisher given Cowher doesn’t seem interested.

    I’d take Fisher over Gruden and Billick, personally, because I think Fisher did a better job building playoff teams from the bottom up (twice, really), where they inherited much better situations to start with on their way to their rings. And I think Fisher’s got a better reputation for being a guy people like to work with.

  18. How can anyone compare RGIII to Vince Young. Just listen to both speak and it is very apparent that Young is still immature and RGIII is extremely bright and well spoken, and rather humble. All the things that Young is not. And, where Young thinks run first, with Griffin, it is make a play with you arm, then run if you have to. As far as Fisher, I would venture to say that there are only a handful of teams that would not take 5&6 in the playoffs. Look for him to come in and coach, and coach well.

  19. who is this jeff fisher jmoke anyways? what has he won? what is his record? does he have any championships under his belt? At least gruden and cower and even billick (fraud) have super bowl rings? what does fisher have? stu gach nothing nada 0 goose egg – gimme me a friggin break with jeff fisher already!!

  20. apopnj says:
    Jan 5, 2012 12:39 PM
    who is this jeff fisher jmoke anyways? what has he won? what is his record? does he have any championships under his belt? At least gruden and cower and even billick (fraud) have super bowl rings? what does fisher have? stu gach nothing nada 0 goose egg – gimme me a friggin break with jeff fisher already!!

    Excuse me there Genius-Fisher won 5 playoff games and was ONE yard away from winning a Superbowl against the Rams but I’m sure you were still in diapers then and can’t remember

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