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The Jeff Fisher Leverage Game takes a bizarre turn

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As the football-watching world watches and waits for free-agent coach Jeff Fisher to pick between the Rams and the Dolphins, there’s a new development.

And it’s a strange one.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, citing a source close to Fisher (i.e., Fisher), that Fisher isn’t playing the Dolphins against the Rams, and vice-versa, in order to get the best possible deal.  Taking it a step farther, Schefter reports that neither team has even made an offer to Fisher.

So Fisher is going to choose between the Rams and the Dolphins, tell one of them “thanks” and “no thanks” in rapid succession, and then ask the winner to make an offer?  If that’s the strategy, Fisher is either lying, or he’s no longer competent to handle his business affairs.

And I’m not sure which one is worse.

Obviously, it’s not true.  If Fisher is choosing between the Rams and the Dolphins and neither the Rams nor the Dolphins have made him a job offer, then what is Fisher choosing?  Bed sheets?

There’s nothing wrong with exerting leverage, especially when dealing with a billion-dollar organization that is trying to hire someone with highly specialized skills to work long, stressful hours for most if not all of the year.  Rarely if ever does one man hold so much power over members of the one percent’s one percent.

So why would Fisher deny it?  It appears to be a simple (and misguided) P.R. ploy, aimed at the least-common-denominator fans who’ll digest without scrutiny a flimsy, illogical report that Schefter happily passed along, also without scrutiny.  (That’s not a knock on Schefter.  Plenty of reporters routinely do the same thing in the name of getting a scoop and/or keeping a source happy.)

Our job is to call it like we see it.  And we see — more accurately, smell — something that goes by a variety of names, and that often is found lurking in the grass on a farm.

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93 Responses to “The Jeff Fisher Leverage Game takes a bizarre turn”
  1. philo13181 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:44 PM

    Maybe they realized that he’s a mediocre coach AT BEST

  2. ammarradhi says: Jan 12, 2012 4:47 PM

    All this drama over a mediocre coach, wow! A lot of other coaches would have been fired only making the playoffs 6 times in that many years, and he has no Superbowl victories, just make your choice and move on, why would 2 franchises put up will all this?

  3. fittytuckin says: Jan 12, 2012 4:47 PM

    “Taking it a step farther, Schefter reports that neither team has even made an offer to Fisher”

    Somebody is smoking hippie lettuce.

  4. lolb23 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:47 PM

    Reminds me of Milton in Office Space. Give the Rams back their stapler and get out Fisher.

  5. billsfan27 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:49 PM

    Your’re using more imagery than usual today, Mike. Must be the weather.

  6. stl45fan says: Jan 12, 2012 4:49 PM

    He’s waiting on the COLTS !!!

  7. austrianpanther says: Jan 12, 2012 4:51 PM

    Now that’s funny….No one wants Fisher EXCEPT Fisher!!!

  8. waka1waka says: Jan 12, 2012 4:51 PM

    such an ESPN jock sniffing drama queen….3,2,1…now im done

  9. knowerofallthings says: Jan 12, 2012 4:51 PM

    Why would anyone want him as their coach, to waste 3 years? Go hire a young hungry coordinator and get busy.

  10. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 12, 2012 4:52 PM

    142 – 120. Thats his win loss record. Do teams realize this?

  11. blogatron2000 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:54 PM

    (That’s not a knock on Schefter. Plenty of reporters routinely do the same thing in the name of getting a scoop and/or keeping a source happy.)
    ___________________________________

    It should be. When will the media realize that this kind of stuff is why very few of you have any credibility whatsoever?

  12. cardiovascularendurance says: Jan 12, 2012 4:54 PM

    Who cares? None of this is newsworthy until he actually signs a contract/ agrees to terms.

  13. chatham10 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:56 PM

    I agree with another poster, I think he is waiting for the Colts.

  14. jaggedmark says: Jan 12, 2012 4:57 PM

    I believe the Dolphins have offered Fisher, but the Rams have yet to offer Fisher. And if Fisher is more intrigued with the Rams opening, that might explain what’s going on here.

  15. mrbigass says: Jan 12, 2012 4:58 PM

    Grasshoppers?

  16. eths53 says: Jan 12, 2012 4:58 PM

    If it contiues just a bit longer, Jeff Fisher is going to say “I’m not going to be the Dolphins coach” or “I’m not going to be the Rams coach”… As for the Dolphins, they’re going to come full circle in that event…

  17. tbtrojan says: Jan 12, 2012 4:58 PM

    I’ll laugh so hard if no team hires the guy after all the hype he’s had for doing what was frankly an average at best job in Tennessee.

  18. weepingjebus says: Jan 12, 2012 4:59 PM

    “As the football-watching world watches and waits for free-agent coach Jeff Fisher to pick between the Rams and the Dolphins”

    It’s hard to believe we’ve all come to this.

  19. brenenostler says: Jan 12, 2012 4:59 PM

    God I hope he coaches the Colts

  20. skoobyfl says: Jan 12, 2012 5:00 PM

    I the most wanted guy that hasn’t been offered anything, sounds like most of middle-class america in a nutshell.

  21. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 12, 2012 5:02 PM

    It appears to be a simple (and misguided) P.R. ploy, aimed at the least-common-denominator fans who’ll digest without scrutiny a flimsy, illogical report that Schefter happily passed along, also without scrutiny.
    ____________

    I resemble that remark.

  22. jcd213 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:06 PM

    sounds like a scumbag with a subpar record as it is.

  23. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 12, 2012 5:07 PM

    They are so excited to get Jeff Fisher and all the rings that he has won…. oh wait….

    The real winner will be the team he decides not go to with. Isn’t there a Harbaugh sister they could hire?

  24. shrimpking55 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:07 PM

    Maybe Fisher has realized both franchises are dysfunctional…….Rams and Fins are thinking can you pick on of us already
    Fisher: “Can you make me an offer?” duh

  25. FinFan68 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:08 PM

    It is possible that the minor details of an official offer have not been hammered out but I don’t think any believes that neither team discussed a ball park salary figure with a majority of responsibilities and authority spelled out.

    I like fisher but this daily turmoil crap has to stop. If another offer has not come from the rams or dolphins by now, he knows what their bottom line basically is. Any further fence riding diminishes his value and will cause his first season to be harder than necessary if he goes to either of those teams. Both fan bases are starting to question his decision making and coaching commitment and the players are bound to have differing opinions. It is looking more and more like he is waiting for another opening to materialize.

  26. rajbais says: Jan 12, 2012 5:08 PM

    @philo13181 agreed!!!

    Hue Jackson is WAY more hireable than the man who got breaks fron the media because it felt he had problem children like Vince Young and Pac-Man Jones!!!!!

  27. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 12, 2012 5:08 PM

    “As the football-watching world watches and waits for free-agent coach Jeff Fisher to pick between the Rams and the Dolphins”

    Least factual statement ever…….

  28. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 12, 2012 5:09 PM

    Why do the Dolphins always have to be involved in nonsense like this? What did we do to deserve this?

  29. dirtyharry44 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:09 PM

    Fisher is carrying a horse shoe for luck.

  30. shrimpking55 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:10 PM

    oh btw,

    my sources tell me that Jeff Fisher will be the next HC of the Miami Dolphins……..

  31. northshorejag says: Jan 12, 2012 5:10 PM

    So where are all the stories I’ve been reading about Fisher and these teams been coming from?

  32. realitypolice says: Jan 12, 2012 5:15 PM

    I heard today that Fisher is looking for 7 million plus per year.

    That is insane. He simply does not have the record to command anything near that much money.

    If I were an owner and I could have a top coordinator for less than half of that, I jump at it.

    Even spending 3-5 million per year on someone like Brian Billick, who has at least won one Super Bowl would be a better decision to me than dumping all of that cash on Mr. Mediocre.

  33. xliontamer says: Jan 12, 2012 5:16 PM

    The Jeff Fisher Boring Non-Story Game takes a bizarre turn…or not.

  34. roamingabriel says: Jan 12, 2012 5:17 PM

    “It appears to be a simple (and misguided) P.R. ploy, aimed at the least-common-denominator fans who’ll digest without scrutiny a flimsy, illogical report that Schefter happily passed along, also without scrutiny.”

    Well they certainly got the lowest-common-denominator writer to write about it…

  35. jcd213 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:17 PM

    Also sounds like Schefter is helping him with leverage.

  36. jr4real says: Jan 12, 2012 5:18 PM

    Could get ugly between MF and Schefter.

    As much as I can’t stand Schefter , he was right on a few things that no one believed were true (hiring of Raheem Morris for example).

  37. jcd213 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:21 PM

    Fisher and his agent are not good at what they do.

  38. infectorman says: Jan 12, 2012 5:21 PM

    Is this Jeff Fisher were talking about? The JEFF FISHER!?!?!?!

  39. jordan1177 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:24 PM

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…this is why I get most of my NFL news from PFT…they tell it like it is, even though sometimes the inferences and conjecture can be a bit much.

    Either way, great article!

  40. andyreidisfat says: Jan 12, 2012 5:24 PM

    Ahhahaahhahhaha are you really commenting on someone else’s reporting ?

    You call like you see um? You mean like the last post about Palmer where you just made stuff up to be doing it ? What a joke …… I can’t believe Comcast lends it’s name to this crap

  41. JG says: Jan 12, 2012 5:26 PM

    “…aimed at the least-common-denominator fans who’ll digest without scrutiny a flimsy, illogical report that Schefter happily passed along, also without scrutiny. (That’s not a knock on Schefter. Plenty of reporters routinely do the same thing in the name of getting a scoop and/or keeping a source happy.)”

    That’s not a knock on Schefter, its just a knock on Schefter….am I understanding that correctly? Or, what you are saying is that you all peddle false information in order to keep a source happy? Ethics, who needs ‘em.

  42. hmpennypacker says: Jan 12, 2012 5:26 PM

    Seems Bob Kravitz might have been right. If either team interested him he would have decided by now. My guess is Caldwell gets fired tomorrow/saturday morning and Fisher is hired by Indy Monday. The only thing about Indy is, if they keep Manning there’s nothing to build with. If Manning goes/retires it frees up more money to resign guys and compete for FA’s.

  43. bigfranky75 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:29 PM

    I believe it…. first of all, the guy isn’t worth an offer.. the guy stinks.

    Secondly, if either club made him an offer, wh ywoudl he leak that neither did? Like they wouldn’t come out and say…. “Um… yes we did!”

    Him leaking to the media that the clubs didn’t make him an offer if they did doesn’t help his cause with either of these two teams or any future team….

    He wasn’t made any offers… he would’ve chosen by now. The truth is… neither club wants him… and for good reason!

  44. scamnewton says: Jan 12, 2012 5:30 PM

    Yeah because Shefter has sooooo much credibility left, right?

  45. guppies66 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:31 PM

    Schefter never actually says much. His interviews are always full of repetition and wasted statements. How can any reasonably intelligent person pass along such clear propaganda without questioning it? Ridiculous.

  46. cantonbound13 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:34 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dolphins forgot to give an offer.

  47. mactank1 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:37 PM

    I think both the Phins and Rams should continue to interview, and hire their coach right under Fishers nose. He has proved nothing in 17 years, and he’s playing games like he’s a rock star coach. If he’s playing games now, what kind of games will he play with his players and GM? Could be another Vince Young debacle coming maybe? Both teams should be done with him and move on.

  48. TheWizard says: Jan 12, 2012 5:38 PM

    football-watching world watches and waits

    If by “watches and waits” they mean “be annoyed by”, then yes, correct.

  49. warvette says: Jan 12, 2012 5:39 PM

    when there’s a story to be written about, or not…..

  50. warvette says: Jan 12, 2012 5:39 PM

    may as well just gossip, eh?

  51. 1captain1 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:42 PM

    Colts… he did wear a Manning jersey

  52. sportsbastard says: Jan 12, 2012 5:42 PM

    As a Rams fan, I could care less if they hire Fisher or not. Seems like they could go hire Jack Del Rio quite a bit easier if .500 is the goal.

  53. lastl00 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:44 PM

    I think the Rams will move on very soon. Stan Kroenke is not someone to yank around.

  54. oldbrowndawg says: Jan 12, 2012 5:44 PM

    Why do you guys in the media insist on turning EVERYTHING into a soap opera? Get’s tiring after awhile.

  55. mortimeryoung says: Jan 12, 2012 5:49 PM

    This article is the leader in the clubhouse for most hilarious pot/kettle situation of 2012. I can’t believe this site actually wrote “It appears to be a simple (and misguided) P.R. ploy, aimed at the least-common-denominator fans who’ll digest without scrutiny a flimsy, illogical report . . .” Physician, heal thyself!

  56. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jan 12, 2012 5:50 PM

    this is becoming a disturbing trend…

  57. skinsrock says: Jan 12, 2012 5:53 PM

    What would you do? It’s a close call… Brady isn’t going to be there forever… I would go Miami… NFC seems tougher now.

  58. andyo102 says: Jan 12, 2012 5:54 PM

    I really hope the Fins can move on from this guy and give Mike Zimmer a chance. Or atleast keep Bowles as the guy. Last time we got a big name to run the organization, well we all know what happened…

  59. nflhof says: Jan 12, 2012 5:55 PM

    Meet Jeff Fisher the Norv Turner everyone seems to like. Why? I have no idea. Other than he is an……I trying to be nice here.

  60. Deb says: Jan 12, 2012 6:00 PM

    Um … huh?

    Have you confirmed that neither team has made an offer? Has Fisher said he can’t make up his mind between them? It would be a little odd for a guy to publicly say he can’t make up his mind between two nonexistent offers. Have these teams met the Rooney Rule requirement or do they still have further interviews to conduct? Is Fisher the one saying he can’t make up his mind … or are reporters putting those words in his mouth? None of this makes much sense.

  61. souldogdave says: Jan 12, 2012 6:08 PM

    If there aren’t any offers, who is spouting this nonsense? Kinda like the Jets bull about littleShot. Misdirection from lying posers.

  62. drewbo22 says: Jan 12, 2012 6:16 PM

    Fisher has been reading his past news paper clippings from when he was with the Titans that stated “If the Titans ever got rid of Jeff Fisher, he would be snapped up before the ink dried on his separation notice”.

    This dweeb actually believes he is one hell of a football coach as all the national media and talking heads from espn have dubbed him to be.

  63. Tom G says: Jan 12, 2012 6:19 PM

    A good coach?yes.a great coach?no way.

  64. war27 says: Jan 12, 2012 6:28 PM

    He’s backing away from both because he’s waiting on a call from Oakland.

    Who would want to go to the Rams and Miami when they can get a high powered passing game, a top 5 RB and just needs some tweaks to be a playoff team in his first year in oakland and look like a hero?

  65. roamingabriel says: Jan 12, 2012 6:32 PM

    Adam> Mike

  66. Phintastic says: Jan 12, 2012 6:45 PM

    “Rarely if ever does one man hold so much power over members of the one percent’s one percent.”

    I must admit that is a valid point. The more I think about it though, I’d like him to choose the Rams. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Fins take the road less traveled (for once), and not necessarily the “safe” pick…

  67. lee7786 says: Jan 12, 2012 6:52 PM

    Lying, Fisher will not hesitate to take part in it. And now the entire country is starting to figure out what Titans fans have known for the last 16 years. To those fans that desperately want him to coach their team; be careful what you wish for.

  68. wherezwaldo says: Jan 12, 2012 6:56 PM

    Remember this guy wants to be a winner… he’s going to the Colts.

  69. jrc007 says: Jan 12, 2012 7:02 PM

    The leverage game hasn’t taken a bizarre turn; in fact there is no leverage game. You’re the only idiot claiming there is a leverage game despite all evidence to the contrary. A leverage game suggests he’s going to sell himself to the highest bidder and is pitting the teams against each other. The only thing being reported is that that isn’t happening. In fact, the only thing being reported is he isn’t negotiating with either team. Furthermore, Schefter did not say there wasn’t an offer–he said that Fisher wasn’t negotiating with either team. Big difference. Maybe listen to the report next time.

    Moreover, even if there isn’t a firm offer on the table, that doesn’t mean they haven’t offered him the job. It seems pretty clear that both teams have offered him the job, regardless of whether they offered him a specific sum of money. Offering a job with financial details to be worked out later is not that unusual.

    So there has been no bizarre turn and Schefter did not run with a “flimsy, illogical report.” Instead, some jackass with a blog misunderstood what was being reported, imagined the details, and ran with a post that is more flimsy and illogical than anything Schefter ever reported.

  70. prmpft says: Jan 12, 2012 7:09 PM

    would that be a rat – or a snake? doesn’t matter – i’m just askin’.

  71. sasquash20 says: Jan 12, 2012 7:11 PM

    He is a good coach. Maybe not great but he is better then mediocre no doubt.

    When did the Titians ever go out and get a FA stud? That is right they never signed any studs. How many studs did they let go because they wouldn’t pay them? D.Mason, J.Kearse, J.Runyan, A.Hainsworth, S.McNair(so they could use a QB Fisher was against drafting). This guy had A WINNING RECORD DESPITE THE FACT THAT HIS OWNERSHIP SUCKED. Please stop with the overrated and mediocre remarks you only make yourselves out to be mediocre posters.

    Also when the Titians were getting good they had to compete against a very good Jags team. Years after that they had to deal with Manning and his Colts. Don’t forget the AFC was pretty strong as a whole during that time as well.

  72. phinfan says: Jan 12, 2012 7:29 PM

    I think its all a Lie, I think they haven’t made him the offer for a C/VP role? Only a ‘coach role’. However this is getting annoying I’d move on. 3 days ago it was ’24 hours’.

  73. phinfan says: Jan 12, 2012 7:32 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dolphins forgot to give an offer.

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    True ROFL, with those 3 stooges (Ross/Ireland/Peterson) maybe they’re busy fumbling over their own feet.

  74. finfan1985 says: Jan 12, 2012 7:33 PM

    As a Dolphin fan this is becoming rediculous!! I have nothing against the Rams at all so im feeling really bad for Ram fans just as bad as i feel for ours this guy is a joke he is playing both teams!!

  75. 69finfan says: Jan 12, 2012 7:42 PM

    This is getting better than the final episode of Dallas. I read on another blog that the anonymous source stated this was not about money, not about negotiating but was but was about winning. Great, now we’re getting somewhere. So I have a plan for either the Rams, Dolphins whoever. Since it is about winning and not about money lets pay him if he wins. There’s a novel idea. The breakdown is as follows;
    $250,000.00 signing bonus
    $10,000.00/mo salary
    $20,000 for every win
    $500,000 for 8 wins
    $500,000 making playoffs
    $500,000 playoff win
    $500,000 if SB attained
    $1,000,000 SB win
    If 8 wins are not attained see you later, NEXT.

  76. 8drinkminimum says: Jan 12, 2012 8:08 PM

    Miami please pick up the phone and call Chudzinski. I promise to renew my season tickets.

  77. 1finfan says: Jan 12, 2012 8:36 PM

    I hope he’s negotiating with the Phins to get rid of Jeff Ireland in exchange for him to become coach.

  78. souldogdave says: Jan 12, 2012 8:51 PM

    Fisher is not even a good coach. Was some where else FOREVER and never won. Keep him away from the Raiders!

  79. iambhooper says: Jan 12, 2012 9:07 PM

    Philbin and Flynn are the best answers to fix the phins!

  80. rollteal says: Jan 12, 2012 9:12 PM

    The eyes of Jeff Fisher are an empty and vacant place, Mr. Mediocre to the rescue for some desperate franchise.

  81. tbih says: Jan 12, 2012 9:23 PM

    Here come the Colts. Book it, Jeff Fisher will be the next HC of the Colts.

  82. 1ncrev says: Jan 12, 2012 9:30 PM

    Waiting for Indy and a little “Luck!”

  83. beej6 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:14 PM

    Or maybe Fisher is waiting for his dream job, the Bears, to open up?

  84. bracegolfman says: Jan 12, 2012 10:19 PM

    Can you imagine $500000 for 8 wins. Won’t even make the playoffs with a 500 record and to think an extra $500k would be ok for substandard work. Wow

  85. Herb says: Jan 12, 2012 10:38 PM

    SIX playoff appearances in SIXTEEN seasons! WHY are teams backing up the Brinks truck for this AVERAGE-MEDIOCRE-RUN OF THE MILL coach???????

  86. 69finfan says: Jan 12, 2012 11:25 PM

    In case you’re not aware of the $$$ being thrown his way he’s going to get paid guaranteed money of at least 5 to 7 million dollars wherever he ends up, no matter what he does. The average NFL HC salary is around 3.5 million, Highest is 8 million (team won 7 games and didn’t make playoffs and lowest is 1.3 million (team didn’t make playoffs). In case you didn’t do the math with my plan a Super Bowl win nets around $4,000,000, still a lot of money but is based on performance. As stated he is going to make more than that no matter what he does, where he does it. Hopefully it won’t be in Miami.

  87. ebeg420 says: Jan 13, 2012 12:06 AM

    Jeff Fisher > Jim Caldwell

  88. coachfisher says: Jan 13, 2012 12:13 AM

    thanks to all of you for your support and understanding. this will all be over soon. and I will be where I belong, and I can feel like a winner

  89. scorch22 says: Jan 13, 2012 1:21 AM

    The guys story makes no sense? Meh, maybe maybe not. Why does he have to be leveraging the two teams? Seems likely he wants to land in a spot to win, if its about money he could become a color commentator like all the other old coaches and players do.

  90. thetooloftools says: Jan 13, 2012 2:16 AM

    Could I even dream the Raiders would come in and snatch him up. That would be awesome.
    COMMENCE WITH THE BEATINGS would be our battle cry.

  91. bigfranky75 says: Jan 13, 2012 4:20 AM

    football-watching world watches and waits

    If by “watches and waits” you mean “could totally care less”, then yes, you are correct.

  92. geogibso says: Jan 13, 2012 6:02 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dolphins forgot to give an offer.

    —————————————————-

    They’re still trying to figure out the latest name on the stadium.

  93. dolfan72 says: Jan 13, 2012 7:41 AM

    The irony here is the Rams and Dolphins play each other next season in what could be “THE FISH BOWL!”

    I was one of the many who pushed for Shula to be replaced with Jimmy “THE SNAKE OIL SALES MAN” Johnson! I apologize for that now, and I don’t want to be wrong twice! Somebody needs to tell this guy to “FISH(ER) OR CUT BAIT!”

    As for coaches who have Super Bowl wins with other teams, nine of them went on to coach other teams, two went to a Super Bowl with another team, and NEITHER WON! This is why I wouldn’t pursue a Billick, Gruden, or Cowher.

    The nine coaches in question were Johnson, Vermeil, Seifert, Flores, Ditka, Holmgren, Parcells, Shanahan, and Lombardi. Lombardi gets a pass for dying, and nobody short of Jesus Christ can win under Daniel Snyder, so Shanahan gets a pass.

    Johnson was a bust because he didn’t have the Minnesota PIGEONS to give him 8 picks for a washed-up Herschel Walker. Seifert was a bust in Carolina. Flores tanked in Seattle. Ditka bombed. Vermeil was getting a paycheck in KC.

    Parcells got there with New Englan but wanted to leave. He didn’t stay long enough ANYWHERE ELSE, and Holmgren lost with Seattle in the Super Bowl he took them to. Ironically the Super Bowl Holmgren won was with GB against Tuna when Tuna was with the Pats.

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