Jeff Fisher picks the Rams

AP

Jeff Fisher finally has chosen a team.

And, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Fisher has picked the Rams.  (Peter King of SI.com has confirmed the news.)

Presumably, based on Schefter’s report from Thursday, it means that Fisher will now work out a contract with the Rams, and that no financial offers had been made prior to Fisher picking the Rams.  (What’s the emoticon for rolling one’s eyes?)

No matter what anyone says, the deal wouldn’t have reported unless it was done.  And there’s no way Fisher picked the Rams and then negotiated his contract, with zero leverage.  Surely, Fisher had a complete offer in hand from each team, and he sat down and chose the franchise that barely beat his Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.

127 responses to “Jeff Fisher picks the Rams

  1. Good the Rams can have him .I want the Dolphins to hire Philbin as head coach and bring Nolan Carroll back as defensive coordinator.

  2. Congrats Rams fans! You have 17 years to look forward to with 1 Superbowl appearance and a .542 win percentage!

  3. How sad that a team allows itself to be played by a career mediocre coach.

    Congrats Rams for being blessed by the great Jeff Fisher. You are so lucky that he chose you to be the beneficiary of his greatness.

  4. Jeff Fisher is as good as his talent level. He is consistently overrated. Fisher has never won a superbowl. Right now, the Rams’ talent level is very low. They need to add a couple of receivers, and (I realize they had a lot of injuries) the defensive backfield must get better. Ultimately, it will all come down to the development of Sam Bradford, going through his 3rd defensive coordinator in 3 years. Hope everything works out for the Rams. Being a Raider fan, I know what it feels like to lose, so best wishes.

  5. I think he’s going to end up looking like a genius. The Rams actually have a lot of solid pieces in place. Another good draft or two and they could likely be contending.

  6. So much hoopla for a coach who hasn’t won a playoff game since 2003. Say hello to mediocrity, Rams.

  7. The division has been weak, they are the only teams that have a QB that could be there for the next 5 years, I don’t see that in any other NFC West team.

    No QB in Mia. The ownership down there has just been silly the last handful of seasons. So I really can’t blame Fisher at all. Good luck getting things turned around.

  8. As expected…

    Fisher has a Quarterback in Sam Bradford to basically build the Rams around, along with a massive cap space to essentially make the team his.

  9. All I can say is the Dolphins got lucky not getting Fisher…I thought for sure they would throw crazy money at him only to get an average at best coach. The only reason he is getting so much hype it that there are not any other “real” names out there to be had. Be patient and rebuild the Dolphins the right way…

  10. I still have no clue what makes this guy anything more than an average coach who made it to one Super Bowl with a QB who played at an MVP level for a few years, a Hall of Fame RB and a solid defense. I mean what did his teams every accomplish that lead to 2 teams bidding for him and this so-called leverage that Profootballtalk.com decided to work into 35 different headlines?

  11. WOW…one of the most irrelevant divisions now has major cred if only based on the names of the coaches, all with significant playoff pedigree.

    The “offer” thing is most likely semantics. There was probably verbal agreements or major points still being negotiated before finally selecting one team over the other.

    But as you clearly pointed out, call it what you will, but Fisher was wisely using leverage to get the best opportunity and deal possible.

  12. Please Jeff, would you kindly trade Steven Jackson to a contender so he isn’t stuck in mediocrity for the remainder of his career?

  13. Maybe no offer was made but Fisher made it clear to both teams from the start what contract numbers were required. I am sure at some point in their meetings or potentially in a meeting with his agent, what kind of pay he was expecting was at least mentioned.

  14. Rams were the obvious choice. I never bought into the supposed difficulty of coaching a team that may move. What’s so hard? You still have to coach the team no matter what. I can see it being hard on the owner, head of PR & maybe the GM, but not the coach (unless he really doesn’t want to move to the team’s future destination.

  15. I say this as a life long Dolphins Fan…..We got played! Now we have to resume our search and by the time we hire a head coach all of the top tier assistant coaches will have signed elsewhere.

    Dont mess around this time Miami…..Hire one of the cordinators that you have already interviewed and keep your current cordinators. Mike Nolan and Brian Daboll did a good job last year.

  16. I guess he got over that whole “1-yard short” thing. It’s been 12 years, and I’m still not over it . . .

  17. To those of you saying Fisher is an average coach: it’s amazing that he won as many games as he did with nutjobs like Albert Haynesworth, Pac-Man Jones, and Vince Young on his teams.

  18. I never really liked Fisher. Think he treated VY like crap. Anway hope he treats Bradford better. Fisher doesn’t have a good track record with young QB’s.

    Anyway lol at Dolphins fans, 2nd year in a row they couldn’t get the top coach to come there way. I will say this, I wonder why Fisher chose the Rams, the Dolphins squad has more talent. Better Defense, better wide recievers(ex: Brandon Marshall), better running backs(example: Reggie Bush.) Plus if he didn’t want to keep Moore at starting QB, make him backup again and just draft one this year.

  19. I suddenly have a reason to root for the Rams. Fisher is a good coach who’s done well through some difficult circumstances.

    He’s at least gotten to the superbowl which is more than most people can say!

  20. I love those who “thumbs down” any comments on here pointing to the fact that Fisher is the king of mediocrity while using his record as evidence.

  21. On Twitter Peter King had it first.

    Just remember, he who laughs last laughs best.

    Any teams on the Rams schedule next year will know they were in a game afterward…

    Go Rams!!!

  22. I am truly happy that we won’t have a coach with a losers stache for once..at least we can get our “own” guy and not some sub .500 coach regardless of the excuses.would much rather have zimmer or philbin anyway.

  23. dolphins4 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 2:11 PM
    Good the Rams can have him .I want the Dolphins to hire Philbin as head coach and bring Nolan Carroll back as defensive coordinator.

    I like Philbin too, assuming he can bounce back from the horrible family situation he is currently going through.

    As for Nolan Carroll, he might be better staying in the secondary as a 3rd year player. I would, however, consider Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator again.

  24. Ok, so it wasn’t the Colts.

    But out of the two choices it’s not hard to see why he decided on the Rams. Along with the higher draft picks and no belichick/brady division, you only have to look at the way Kroenke has conducted he’s sports business over the years and the way Ross cluster fudged his way through his in the last few months. If i was an NFL coach i wouldn’t touch Miami with 50ft barge pole.

  25. Dolphins fans Rejoice!!!!!! YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Let ME add More to That!
    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So Glad he’s going to the RAMS, 17 years as a head coach and only 6 Playoff appearances, he’s Tony Sporano with a better Moustache. he only takes his teams to the playoffs only 35% of the time. Enjoy your win RAMS, losing out Never Felt So Good!!!!!

  26. Hey Mike, Did Schefter steal your lunch money or something? What’s with all the mentions/bagging on him? Schefter has now surpassed Tebow stories for the week.

  27. jrfrom508 says: Jan 13, 2012 2:12 PM

    I knew he didn’t want to compete with the new england patriots.

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    Why would Fisher be afraid of competing against a team that has not won a Superbowl in 6 years? He is joining a division (NFC West) that has had more Superbowl appearances (Seahawks 2006, Cardinals 2009) than the AFC East (Patriots, 2008) in those 6 years.

    P.S. In reality, there is more to fear in the AFC East. Just taking a potshot at your obvious homer comment.

  28. So Stephen Ross is 0-2 in getting the head coach he wanted. What a buffoon. Take the hint Stephen, no one wants to play for you unless they have to. In the few years of ownership, you have made the Fins a circus. I pray we can get Joe Philbin.

  29. As a Seahawk fan this is much better news for my team than watching Spags team blitz and get pressure from all sides. His team was decimated by injuries but when healthy he had that defense flying especially last year. Jeff Fisher is an average coach with an average resume.

  30. One thing I know for sho…if my hiney EVER made multi million dollars, I would be in South Beach in a heartbeat…not St Louis!!

  31. Even if he’s not a great coach, he gets to play against the rest of the NFC West. That alone is worth several wins, and some good resume padding if the Rams move and he doesn’t like the new destination.

  32. I’ve been a Tennessee fan since the Oilers played their first game in Memphis in ’97. That day, the Raiders were clearly out-coached and it’s a trend that stayed consistent for the better part of 11 years. While Joe Gibbs is my favorite coach of all time, when it comes to Fisher, I’ve never seen a coach repeatedly do so much with so little (talent). Overnight, this Rams team just became the toughest (not necessarily flashiest) St. Louis fans will have ever known. Congrats to you guys!

  33. He is a good coach and I’m glad he finally made a decision. Congrats to the Rams.

    Now, hopefully the dolphins can give Billick a call. They may end up going with Bowles but I’d like to think they would at least kick the tires on Billick.

    To those wanting Philbin…why? I am not saying he is not decent but I think that Toub (bears) would be a better hire since special teams coaches are used to dealing with young players on both sides of the ball. McCarthy calls the plays most of the time and the Flynn hype may just be hype. He has less game experience than Kolb.

    My top three for the dolphins would be Billick (experience/take charge personality), Bowles (stability/player familiarity) or Toub (quality coach that could help in all three phases) All three of these guys are deserving and have something to prove. Hopefully they keep Nolan as DC.

  34. electricvibe says: Jan 13, 2012 2:29 PM

    I never really liked Fisher. Think he treated VY like crap.

    Attention PFT commenters: Vince Young is now posting as “electricvibe” on this site.

  35. Well most of these comments about Fisher seem to indicate the Rams are headed for mediocrity…..isn’t that a step up for the Rams…..maybe even a few steps up.

  36. To Dolphins4: Nolan Carroll is the player that the NEW YORK JETS strength coach tripped. He is still an active player, therefore I don’t think he is ready to be your defensive coordinator. (But if you have some say in the matter and can somehow convince him and your orginization to make him the defensive coordinator that would be fine by me as I am unfortunetly a long suffering NEW YORK JETS fan). I am sure “MIKE NOLAN” could be lured to your fish for the right amount of cabbage. (or minnows).

  37. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jan 13, 2012 2:11 PM

    Congrats Rams fans! You have 17 years to look forward to with 1 Superbowl appearance and a .542 win percentage!

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    Even that would be progress for the Rams.

  38. This Rams fan is happy, even though general concensus here is that Fisher is overrated. After dealing with Linehan and Spags, I’m tired of looking for the “next great coordinator-turned-head coach”. It hasn’t worked.

    Easy to throw names out there who MAY turn into a good HC when they’re not going to YOUR team. We’ll let you guys experiment, we’ve had enough of that.

  39. Ha, what happened to yesterday’s report saying no team had made an offer to Fisher? Now, suddenly, you act as if the probability of an unofficial offer had existed all along?

    What a joke this reporting is. You guys are too opinionated / try to drive your concocted story lines too hard. It is obvious and off-putting.

  40. RAMS fan here. I’m with you, kicksave1980! Enough with the “next big thing” when it comes to coordinators. Been there, done that. How that work out?

    And for those of you who say we’re gonna be mediocre: That would be a upgrade compared to these last few years! 8-8 works…for now….

  41. Fins are foolish if they don’t look at Billick. Say what you will, but he has led a team to the SB and won.

    That experience is priceless…

  42. Attention PFT commenters: Vince Young is now posting as “electricvibe” on this site.
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    Hilarious. You don’t think he treated him like crap. He spread a rumor that VY was going to commit suicide just because he couldn’t find him. He didn’t even want to draft him and he never hid that fact. VY throw 3 td passes to 1 interception and according to him VY had a horrible game. The Titans are down 1 td in the 3rd Quarter, and Fisher pulls VY even though VY is known for his 4th quarter comebacks.

    That is treating someone like crap to me. I’m not VY, not a Titans fan, but I never like this mediocre coach. If you want to go deep not only did he treat VY bad, he treated Steve McNair bad also.

  43. I would say i hope the rams enjoy fishers lofty 6 winning seasons out of 15, but they’d probably take that based on whats been happening.

  44. @ JesseJames13 2-12 ?…didnt know they only played 14 games..Uhhhhh..GeturFactsStr8 !!and to all..I would rather give fisher a try then another Rook OC/DC…already read that book !!

  45. As a Rams fan, im glad to see Stan open the checkbook for a coach with some credibility.

    Myself and most are tired of overmatched coordinators getting the job (Linehan, Spagnuolo). We’ll be very happy with 8-8 with Fisher. (and that’s enough to put rear ends in the seats and keep the team in town)

  46. What? Do we have BO? I guess that Mr. Ross scared him off with all of that talk about Super Bowl and beating New England. Maybe it was the helicopter ride? I wonder if Jeff Ireland asked Coach Fisher if his mother was ever a prostitute? Maybe it was the Erie Carl Peterson thing? You know Mr. Ross’s mouth would move but Carl Peterson’s voice would come out! Maybe everyone referring to Mr. Ross as “Master” was over the top?

    Well, whatever it was, I hope that Lucifer’s team ( the Rams) is successful and moves to Los Angeles ahead of schedule! I hope ghat the coach spends his winter days deicing his front windshield! St. Louis is a town out of work with nothing to look forward to except baseball season. They ran the Cardinals out of town too!

    Oh Coach Fisher- go bobb for do-do in your toilet and then croak like limp who-ha that you are!

  47. First, this means that the Indy job may not open until next year. Second, Chudzinski is NOT going to Miami. He’s likely to stay in Carolina another year or 2, I don’t get why people are dying to hire coordinators with 1 good year now.

  48. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says:
    Jan 13, 2012 2:33 PM
    I love those who “thumbs down” any comments on here pointing to the fact that Fisher is the king of mediocrity while using his record as evidence.

    They are giving a thumbs down to you repeating the same crap you said last week

  49. GMC173….FYI- The Rooney Rule is in effect, a minority has been interviewed. Fisher is a minority now, just like all whites!

  50. Ouch ross is now 0-2 on the “we will not be outbid” coaching search. Bet Fisher took less to go to the Rams just like Harbaugh with the 49ers

  51. As the news breaks and the reasons why Fisher picked the Rams are learned, once again we find that PFT is so far off base as to their reasons, they were not even in the same ballpark.

  52. Bad move for Mr. Fashion Fisher.

    His Maui Jim’s endoresement just got cancelled.

    Can’t wear shades in the home dome.

  53. This Rams team will have a fairly solid defense and not much else, IMO.

    It will finally put to rest all of the talk about what Fisher can actually do with some talent…or not.

  54. You really need to learn some new words. You’ve about worn out “leverage”, and I’m just speaking of your use of it today.

  55. Thank god the waffling twerp won’t be in Miami! I only wish Ross would have risen up on his own two feet somewhat like a man and told this moron to beat feet. At least now our Dolphins won’t smell Fishery. Now hire an old Al Golden.

  56. 808raiderinparadise says:
    Jan 13, 2012 2:20 PM
    and with the #1 pick in the 2013 draft the St. Louis Rams select …. Matt Barkley, USC.
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    If the kid sees that one coming, he may opt just to go for a doctorate rather than enter the draft…

  57. dolphins4 says: Jan 13, 2012 2:11 PM

    Good the Rams can have him .I want the Dolphins to hire Philbin as head coach and bring Nolan Carroll back as defensive coordinator.

    ———————————–

    Isn’t Nolan Carroll a cornerback? As in the guy who got tripped by Sal Alosi on the Jets?

  58. yelix says:
    Jan 13, 2012 2:27 PM
    To those of you saying Fisher is an average coach: it’s amazing that he won as many games as he did with nutjobs like Albert Haynesworth, Pac-Man Jones, and Vince Young on his teams.

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    It’s amazing he allowed these nut jobs on the team at all

  59. I guess Fisher hasn’t learned that Sam Bradford is a BUST!!! He can say he was injured all he wants but I watch the kid play QB and he stares at the #1 read too long, DB’s in the NFL are not as dumb as they look, they will pick you off when you do that.

  60. Congrats Rams fans! You have 17 years to look forward to with 1 Superbowl appearance and a .542 win percentage!

    =================================
    I think Rams fans would gladly take this.

  61. electricvibe says:
    Jan 13, 2012 3:17 PM
    Attention PFT commenters: Vince Young is now posting as “electricvibe” on this site.
    _____________________________________
    Hilarious. You don’t think he treated him like crap. He spread a rumor that VY was going to commit suicide just because he couldn’t find him. He didn’t even want to draft him and he never hid that fact. VY throw 3 td passes to 1 interception and according to him VY had a horrible game. The Titans are down 1 td in the 3rd Quarter, and Fisher pulls VY even though VY is known for his 4th quarter comebacks.

    That is treating someone like crap to me. I’m not VY, not a Titans fan, but I never like this mediocre coach. If you want to go deep not only did he treat VY bad, he treated Steve McNair bad also.

    =================================
    So you are not Vince Young, you are just Vince Young’s mommy.

    Vince Young’s mommy, what has your son done in the NFL since he’s left the Titans? Hate to say it, but Vince sucks.

    If you are not Vince Young’s mommy, then you are just a Vince Young fangirl.

  62. Gets to pad his resume against the nfc west? Funny because that coaching heiarchy goes a little something like Harbaugh>Whisenhut>Carroll> Fisher and those weak teams as everyone call them had quite a hand in punking some of the “elite” teams of this league.

  63. Everyone is bashing Fisher for taking a team that had an MVP quarterback, HOF(?) running back, and solid defense to the Super Bowl… why? Don’t most teams that make it to the Super Bowl have individuals playing at high levels as well as a good defense?

    Fisher was the mastermind that had those guys playing at a high level… it was HIS system and team. I understand he had good players on his team, but good players don’t just play well together… they need a good coach with an even better plan to achieve success.

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