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Jeff Fisher calls the Rams “the best fit for me”

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After a week of weighing his options (and leveraging his offers against each other), Jeff Fisher says he chose St. Louis over Miami simply because he believes the Rams are a better fit for him than the Dolphins.

I’m really excited that the Rams are the best fit for me,” Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I hope I’m the best fit for the Rams, and am looking forward to finalizing the [contract] details and coming to work.”

So even though Fisher has already accepted the Rams and rejected the Dolphins, his contract still hasn’t been finalized with St. Louis. But Fisher said the financial issues haven’t been the primary holdup.

“The process has been lengthy, but for good reasons,” Fisher said. “I took a lot of time looking at and exploring in detail the non-economic issues of both clubs.”

What did make the Rams the best fit for Fisher was apparently a desire to shape the roster in his own image, which he wouldn’t have been able to do with G.M. Jeff Ireland in place in Miami.

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  1. waxedagain says: Jan 14, 2012 8:26 AM

    Ireland is intent on shaping losers in Miami.

  2. grumblenflgrumble says: Jan 14, 2012 8:31 AM

    Or you know. Maybe even the ability to start who he wants at QB this time around. That would be a step up from his last location.

  3. conseannery says: Jan 14, 2012 8:33 AM

    He’s got the unmistakable beginnings of a power mullet in that photo.

  4. dhmcconniel says: Jan 14, 2012 8:34 AM

    How does Fisher rate having GM powers? The guy loses more than he wins when he’s been given good players?
    The Rams will doom their 1st pick Quarterback to the usual Hiesman curse.
    Here’s a clue, Rams. Make sure a guy can win football games before you give him your soul.

  5. IMG says: Jan 14, 2012 8:42 AM

    The NFC West is the new black and blue division with four hard nosed defenses.
    Watch out rest of the NFL, its going to be a brawl when you face the west.

  6. billsfan1 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:42 AM

    i wanted the Bills to sign him a few years ago because he is a big name. Not to say that he wouldnt do better than Chan Gailley but its really not a big loss..
    As a Dolphins hater back in the days of Buffalo being relevant, i prayed that they get Fisher. I would have been ok with them making the playoffs 6 or 7 seasons out of the next 16 (or whatever his track record was in Tennessee)..
    I will say this to Dolphins fans, dont fret because there are much better candidates… i personally thought he was a bit over rated…..
    as for the Rams being the best fit? how about they paid the most money

  7. skito13 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:43 AM

    Fish is in the boat, next up a great draft and we have plenty of $$$$ for free agency. Rock on Rams!

  8. canetic says: Jan 14, 2012 8:44 AM

    He also said “cha-ching!”

  9. anewbeginning31 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:46 AM

    Hate the decisions my dolphins have made over the last 5-10 yrs. Starting with Parcells. I feel there’s a conspiracy to keep the dolphins below mediocore until the end of time. Because of league wide hate for the Fins. Jeff Ireland is just another pond in this conspiracy.

  10. wawa33 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:47 AM

    Stephen Ross looks like Bud Selig with dumbo ears.

  11. tatum064 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:47 AM

    The first step was already made when McDaniels left for New England…that was addition by subtraction. They have a fairly good defense with Chris Long, James Laurenitis and Robert Quinn..they just need more receivers and a better o-line. Will be interesting to see who he goes with as the OC.

  12. basexc9 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:47 AM

    Sparano is intent in shaping losers in NY

  13. megaroad1 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:47 AM

    Why doesn’t Ross realize that Ireland is destroying Miami’s chances of attracting top talent? First Harbaugh and now Fisher. Who’s going to be the next coaching heavyweight who will spurn Miami?

  14. 8man says: Jan 14, 2012 8:48 AM

    Better QB and better draft picks.

  15. haywoodjablomee says: Jan 14, 2012 8:49 AM

    Good for you Jeff. Enjoy the move to L.A.

  16. jc1958cool says: Jan 14, 2012 8:50 AM

    maybe he means the best fit $$$ can by?

  17. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 14, 2012 8:54 AM

    I’m sorry, but quality of life has to mean something for your family and the parts of Miami that the Dolphins HC can live in beat the hell out of St. Louis on the best day in its best part.

  18. wray1313 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:55 AM

    after what ireland an ross did last year who wants to coach the dolphins

  19. win1soon says: Jan 14, 2012 8:56 AM

    So happy this drama is finally over; now maybe we could focus on teams in the playoffs!

    First Harbaugh, then Cower, Gruden and Fisher, apparently all the lure of S. Beach and all the winning Miami has done in the past 30 yrs wasn’t enough…oh wait they haven’t done anything since the 70′s

  20. packattack1967 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:57 AM

    Do they have barbers in St Louis? Not ones from the set of Miami Vice?

  21. flinch82 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:00 AM

    Of course the Rams are a better fit, How good of a chance would he really have winning in the next 5 + years. Jets, Pats, and Bills or Cardinals, Seahawks, and 49′ers?

  22. alonestartexan says: Jan 14, 2012 9:01 AM

    Before all the negative comments on Fisher are posted…

    Fisher didn’t just have 6 winning seasons in Tennessee, He only had 5 losing seasons.

    Outside of McNair, Matthews, George, Wycheck, and Mason, The Titans had NOTHING on Offense beyond 2005 as none of them were on the team anymore. After this point, the next best player was Chris Johnson. Honestly, Fisher won 13 games in 2008 with Lendale White as his feature back and Kerry Collins under center.

    Haynesworth was a contract player who had 2 good seasons, Both under the franchise tag. Outside of that, Again, the only good player on defense after Kearse and Rolle left was Bulluck, Fisher won 142 games with less than stellar talent. Look at the Oilers/Titans drafts from 1997-2008. Horrible picks by Floyd Reese.

    Fisher did the most with the little bit he had.

    And finally, for the record, Fisher quit. He wasn’t fired. Bud Adams wouldn’t allow him to hire his son, strike one. He made him fire his friend Chuck Cecil, strike two, He wouldn’t retain Jim Washburn, strike three.

  23. wuznotsobad says: Jan 14, 2012 9:05 AM

    Cue up the Rams new theme song, “Cheap Sunglasses.”

  24. tombrookshire says: Jan 14, 2012 9:06 AM

    Dark suit makes him look more like a Mafia don than a football coach. Didn’t anybody tell him that look went out with the 80s. He’s sporting a sort of semi-mullet.

  25. serr8d says: Jan 14, 2012 9:09 AM

    Fish chose the midwest over the decrepit coastal ‘burg(s).

    He’s a duck hunter, after all; a man of the heartlands. There’s nothing like living life in what’s still the best of America. One can’t beat Nashville, St. Louis, and some of the other places that, if you’ve lived here, you know are still worth living in.

  26. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 14, 2012 9:13 AM

    I have it on good authority that Fisher was offended by Ireland asking if his mother was a crack-addled prostitute.

  27. enviroman08 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:15 AM

    Actually it took some Balls by Ross to not allow Fisher that kind of control …. knowing what the public wanted!

  28. Tom G says: Jan 14, 2012 9:19 AM

    The soon to be Los Angeles Rams are on the right track…..to 8-8.

  29. ksfinfan says: Jan 14, 2012 9:19 AM

    Good move. Ireland has done fine. Fish man isn’t talented enough to have that power.

  30. MedCityBob says: Jan 14, 2012 9:26 AM

    Good for Him, and Good for the Rams ! !

    Good Luck !

  31. stillworker says: Jan 14, 2012 9:27 AM

    Let’s hope Kroenke put a haircut clause into Jeffy’s contract……….’NO MULLETS!!!’

  32. reelfinfan says: Jan 14, 2012 9:27 AM

    Anyone remember Pat White? Thanks Ireland. You did it again. Another blown pick just this time it was the best coach out there. Way to go…

  33. jambalayahimalaya says: Jan 14, 2012 9:29 AM

    Not too many elite QBs in the NFCW to pick a jersey from when you want to feel like a winner next time..

  34. drewbo22 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:35 AM

    Good luck with Fisher having total control, as he whined about having to draft Vince Young, but guess who this dweeb wanted to draft in his place (Matt Lienart). WOW, hasn’t he been special. Then he takes a rb in the 2007 draft that has never run for over 600 yards in his college career (Chris Henry-ari) in the second rd based on his 40 time at the combine (this guy never ran for over 600 yards for a reason…he couldn’t spot a open hole if you took him to it).

    And lets not talk about the development of WR’s. He and his staff were absolutely horrible at drafting or developing his wr’s.

    Another thing, he absolutely ruined Steve McNair, we are talking about one of the most prolific passers college fb has ever seen (albeit against 1aa talent) and he made the man into robot as a passer, with his conservative, three yards and a cloud of dust offensive mentality. In the proper hands (andy reid, holmgren, etc) McNair could have so much better as an NFL qb.

    All I can say, if you enjoy 7-9 , and 8-8 seasons, he is definitely your coach.

  35. rexismybff says: Jan 14, 2012 9:41 AM

    Translation:

    “I’m really excited that the Rams are the best fit for my bank account”.

  36. brenenostler says: Jan 14, 2012 9:42 AM

    LOL Jeff Ireland

  37. drumzan says: Jan 14, 2012 9:43 AM

    Good riddance. You weren’t my top choice for the Phins anyway. I’m confident Ireland and Ross will find a youngry coach.

  38. ampats says: Jan 14, 2012 9:44 AM

    It says alot about the current ownership/structure of the team that they cannot attract any quality coaching candidates for the circus called the Miami Dolphins!

    Could Steven Ross be the worst owner in the NFL?

  39. apopnj says: Jan 14, 2012 9:50 AM

    is that a mullet he is sporting?

  40. drew44 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:50 AM

    Nobody outside ESPN really cares. Stop the eastcoast bias. You are reporting about a team that sucks. When the 49ers were crap, nobody was writing Alex Smith articles. Spare us. Let us know when the Jest win anything.

  41. demoderbyme says: Jan 14, 2012 9:50 AM

    I think miami is the winner here. Jeff fisher is horrible and if the nfl has any sense they will not let him back on the competition committee.

  42. headonaswivel says: Jan 14, 2012 10:02 AM

    Best thing to ever happen for:

    Josh Brown.

    Steven Jackson.

    Brandon Fisher.

  43. lolb23 says: Jan 14, 2012 10:22 AM

    Bradford looks like a bust. I give him 2 years with Fisher and the Rams are looking for a new QB.

  44. tashkalucy says: Jan 14, 2012 10:32 AM

    So……

    Are the Rams going to hire a GM?

  45. dolphincritic says: Jan 14, 2012 10:35 AM

    Yesterday, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek entry and no one liked it – sorry! It was my way of getting over a bad situation. The Dolphins have been unsuccessful in their quest for a new coach the last two years. Now, I am not saying that Jeff Fisher is the best coach that every coached in the NFL. He was the best available proven head coach, at this time.

    If you check back over my entries, you will see that I predicted this. Mr. Ross is the problem. Our owner must abandon his loyalty to his “friends” and do what all CEO’s do. Find fresh talent with new ideas and empower them to create a winning organization. The proven coach well is dry – now move on. The Guru well is dry too; again move on.

    On Joe Rose’s morning program, Friday 1/13/2011, Charley Casserly (retired Washington Redskins GM) said that he might hire the Packers Coach, Philbin, and also hire their free agent QB Flynn. Casserly explained that the coach knew the QB well enough to build the offense around the new QB. That makes sense to me.

    We already have a defense that just needs a couple of Corner Backs to be really good. With the Jets melting down and an easy schedule, we can easily go 10-6 next year, with the right coach/QB combination. The problem is that the current GM and Guru “Friend” get in the way of rebuilding. MR. Ross! Pull the pin on these guys and lets get back on track.

  46. tashkalucy says: Jan 14, 2012 10:36 AM

    The possible GM question is important.

    Fisher worked well with McNair – a running QB – in Tennessee.

    Is it possible that he would want to work with RGIII rather than Sam Bradford?

    Bradford signed a monstrous contract under the old CBA. RGIII could wind up as 30-40% savings in a salary cap league.

    Stay tuned……

  47. vikingdoode says: Jan 14, 2012 10:43 AM

    To mullet or not to mullet that is the question

  48. drewbo22 says: Jan 14, 2012 10:51 AM

    You are right headon…from a fantasy football perspective…you definitely want the Rams Kicker…….because that his Fishers MO…play it close to the vest and try to win with fg’s at the end.

    And then he runs the hell out of the rb. 2012 will be the last we see of Steven Jackson after a 400 plus carry season.

    For a guy who was on the competition committee, and who knew 1st hand the league was moving towards passing and scoring, his teams always did the opposite.

  49. jbcommonsense says: Jan 14, 2012 10:51 AM

    It’s a very simple formula:
    More money + personnel control = ”Best fit”

  50. pastabelly says: Jan 14, 2012 10:55 AM

    I think it came down to:

    Quarterback
    High draft pick
    Salary cap room
    NFC West
    Money

    Miami probably couldn’t compete with any of that. Maybe being in the NFC West isn’t as bad as it has been recently.

  51. fcoprado says: Jan 14, 2012 11:31 AM

    Great hire,Fisher brings credibility,something a first time coach wouldn’t.

  52. jonirocit says: Jan 14, 2012 11:36 AM

    Look let’s be honest here it was about control and the division . Big name coaches are going to go places where they can make sure they look good and the thought of having to beat the pats and jets made it a no brainer. Even though Ross is an idiot and needs to can Ireland he was right in saying he want the next Shula however you have to hire someone who is young and hungry and stick with them .

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