The Jeff Fisher Leverage Game takes a bizarre turn

AP

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.

93 responses to “The Jeff Fisher Leverage Game takes a bizarre turn

  1. 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?

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

  3. (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.)
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    It should be. When will the media realize that this kind of stuff is why very few of you have any credibility whatsoever?

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. “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.

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

  9. 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.
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    I resemble that remark.

  10. 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?

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. @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!!!!!

  14. “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…….

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. “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…

  19. 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).

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. “…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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. football-watching world watches and waits

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

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

  29. 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!

  30. 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…

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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?

  34. “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…

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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’.

  39. 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.

  40. 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!!

  41. 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.

  42. 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

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

  44. 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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.

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

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

  48. 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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