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Fisher expected to get $35 million for five years, no extra title

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Jeff Fisher will officially be introduced as Rams coach Tuesday after finalizing the terms of a five-year contract.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports its “believed” Fisher will earn roughly $7 million-per-year to coach the Rams. So if he’s taking less money than he would have in Miami, it’s not much less.

Fisher is not expected to have any additional titles like “executive vice president.” He may wind up with final say on personnel matters, but Thomas says it won’t be a “my way or else” proposition.

Thomas writes that Fisher will at least be on equal footing with any personnel chief, but it’s safe to say the coach will have more power. He’ll likely have final say on the roster and be involved with the general manager search.

While Hue Jackson is talking with Fisher about the offensive coordinator gig, Thomas believes that former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottheimer remains the favorite for that job. Dave McGinnis, Chuck Cecil, Tim Hauck, and Fisher’s son Brandon are mentioned as other staff possibilities.

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41 Responses to “Fisher expected to get $35 million for five years, no extra title”
  1. mikeeg says: Jan 17, 2012 9:36 AM

    I really wish i could be average at my gig and get that kind of jack

  2. oldbyrd says: Jan 17, 2012 9:42 AM

    Fisher will the Rams in the playoffs before Andy reid”s Eagles. When will Laurie admit, Reid can’t take us to the Super Bowl…..THE LINEBACKERS STINK. THE SAFTIES STINK

  3. irishgary says: Jan 17, 2012 9:47 AM

    Way over paid for a guy with a record of 20 wins above 500, feel sorry for Rams fans

  4. dchuwo says: Jan 17, 2012 9:47 AM

    $7 million a year and owners chasing a coach with 11 losing seasons in 17 seasons? Call me crazy, but I don’t see it.

  5. austrianpanther says: Jan 17, 2012 9:49 AM

    OK- The Rams are now officially a bunch of jerks!

  6. lolb23 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:49 AM

    Rams will be looking for a new HC all over again in 4 years.

  7. grogansheroes says: Jan 17, 2012 9:52 AM

    Supremely, exponentially, OVERPAID! Ya gotta love professional sports where mediocrity is tremendously rewarded!

  8. williebeaman says: Jan 17, 2012 9:56 AM

    @mikeeg and @oldbyrd. Think what you want. In the time from 99 – 08 (after the crazy move from Houston to Nashville and playing in 4 different stadiums settled down) he was 5th in winning percentage with 10 or more wins in 6 of those seasons. His owner forced him to draft a QB that he didn’t want. His 8-8 teams really should have been 5-11 or 6-10.

    @dchuwo: 11 losing seasons? More like 5 in 16 seasons. 8-8 isn’t a losing season.

    So, now he has an owner that has lots of $$$, won’t get in his way and he can do his thing.

    Future is bright for the STL Rams.

  9. jimbroney says: Jan 17, 2012 9:56 AM

    Yea, but let’s see you rock a stache like that!

  10. burnsy says: Jan 17, 2012 9:58 AM

    “Fisher expected to get $35 million for five years, no extra title”

    That should read “no title at all”.

  11. chacochicken says: Jan 17, 2012 10:01 AM

    They should have went after Derek Fisher instead of Jeff.

  12. stl45fan says: Jan 17, 2012 10:01 AM

    All Fans know that sports money is Monopoly Money! This is Walmart Money! It really doesn’t matter to us.

  13. jdbaker01 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:01 AM

    If Hue Jackson isn’t going to be involved in the Rams GM search then he might as well not be there.

  14. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jan 17, 2012 10:02 AM

    When you get paid like, that you had better perform.

  15. fcoprado says: Jan 17, 2012 10:06 AM

    Last season the Rams probably had the worst coaching staff in the NFL.A year later,they’re going to have one of the best.Fisher is worth the money paid and he will turn around the Rams.

  16. rascalmanny says: Jan 17, 2012 10:07 AM

    Hopefully Fisher won’t get stuck with another VY and won’t have an owner that doesn’t have his back.

    The VY debacle brought his whole record down and Fisher will have to fight to overcome those lost years.

    NFL owners know Fisher can win. They haven’t forgotten his pre-VY period.

  17. skito13 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:07 AM

    We will see who the jerks are. Coaching staffs need chemistry just like teams, Coach Fisher is picking who he wants.not fumbling around trying to find a could be coach in the haystack. Mr.Kronke aka Stan The Man has his pick.

  18. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 17, 2012 10:08 AM

    142 – 120 gets you $35 million? At least with all that money he can buy himself a nice ring because he’ll never win one.

  19. adantsa says: Jan 17, 2012 10:12 AM

    Who cares what you have to pay, it doesn’t count against the cap. You got the coach you wanted, he’s bringing in a great D coordinator in Gregg Williams and either Shotty or Jackson will be an upgrade over McDaniels. Fisher knows how to win in this league, and the Rams have been nowhere near mediocrity, he is the right guy to turn the ship around. All you non Rams fans need to quit piping in, he was the longest tenured coach for a very long time, and there has to be a reason for that. There is very little downside to this move.

  20. geo1113 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:17 AM

    dchuwo says:
    Jan 17, 2012 9:47 AM
    $7 million a year and owners chasing a coach with 11 losing seasons in 17 seasons? Call me crazy, but I don’t see it.

    ———————

    Out of his 16 full seasons, he had 5 losing seasons (and let’s face it 1-5 after Pardee was fired really doesn’t belong to him). But 8-8 is not a losing season. You want to say he is mediocre for only having 6 winning seasons out of his 16 full seasons, have at it. But don’t make up losing seasons when it is not true.

  21. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 17, 2012 10:21 AM

    This hiring is strictly the NAME…..Fisher has been average at best for YEARS…..wow….Fisher is really smart though and he DID have to deal with Vince Young and that mess….so we’ll see

  22. hatesycophants says: Jan 17, 2012 10:23 AM

    @willie,

    An elite coach doesn’t need the laundry list of excuses you provide for Fisher. Also, to any real football fan 8-8 has the same value as a losing season.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  23. realitypolice says: Jan 17, 2012 10:25 AM

    That comes out to 1 million dollars per year for every time he made the playoffs in 17 years plus an extra mill for having the best mustache of any head coach in the NFL.

    He will be contactually obligated to return that extra million if Dave Wanstadt ever gets another head coaching job.

  24. realitypolice says: Jan 17, 2012 10:32 AM

    rascalmanny says:
    Jan 17, 2012 10:07 AM
    Hopefully Fisher won’t get stuck with another VY and won’t have an owner that doesn’t have his back.

    The VY debacle brought his whole record down and Fisher will have to fight to overcome those lost years.

    NFL owners know Fisher can win. They haven’t forgotten his pre-VY period.
    ========================

    Fisher made the playoffs 4 times in 12 years before VY got there, and twice in 5 years after VY got there.

    In other words, before Young got there, Fisher made the playoffs 33% of the time.

    After Young got there, Fisher made the playoffs 40% of the time.

    Did you actually do any research at all before you made your completely wrong point?

  25. jdz3184 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:33 AM

    Wiz $6 mil per year
    Fisher $7 mil per year
    Carroll around $6.5 mil per year plus other control
    Harbaugh $5 mil per year

    Interesting, and not bad for what is/was considered the worst division in football.

  26. 69finfan says: Jan 17, 2012 10:44 AM

    God Bless JF. If he (and his agent) can milk $35,000,000 out of the Rams based on his past accomplishments and apparently his name then good for them. Also, as the infamous Ricky Bobby said “If you aint first, you’re last”.

  27. vegaskid21 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:44 AM

    Wish I was way overpaid.

  28. daknight93 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:19 AM

    wayy overpaid for a coach with no rings..barely a 500 or better coach…good luck rams

  29. masternathan85 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:21 AM

    He may wind up with final say on personnel matters, but Thomas says it won’t be a “my way or else” proposition.

    I don’t see a difference between the two?? Doesn’t final mean final?

  30. 700levelvet says: Jan 17, 2012 11:27 AM

    Fisher just hit the lottery…..120 losses as a head coach…..35 million…..

  31. jnbnet says: Jan 17, 2012 11:41 AM

    I wonder what Bill Belichick is worth?

  32. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Jan 17, 2012 11:53 AM

    I don’t think that Sam Walton would have wasted his money on the Fisher deal but son-in-law knows best?

  33. sguy2130 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:56 AM

    Wow, massively overpaid. The Rams were obviously desperate for a Head Coach w/ credibility. He may work out for them, but that contract is crazy.

  34. rascalmanny says: Jan 17, 2012 12:00 PM

    Titans went 13-3 in 2008 with a backup QB. Fisher hasn’t forgotten how to coach or win.

    His last year as a Titans coach and with this season the Titans had quitters and check collectors.

    Fisher can win when he has winners on the team. And much of that attitude starts with the QB.

    Those of you still wearing the VY glasses can choke on stats all you want. If VY had put a third of the work in that Tom Brady does the Titans might have had a SB win.

  35. nfloracle says: Jan 17, 2012 12:07 PM

    Rams 2012 Record: 6-10…

    … and falling as these potential coordinator hiring decisions look worse and worse.

  36. dvdman123 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:17 PM

    Wow that’s a lot of money for a guy who got fired from his last job and never won a Super Bowl.

  37. isujames says: Jan 17, 2012 12:27 PM

    i dont think he is worth $7 mill/year

  38. lottsmissingfinger says: Jan 17, 2012 12:40 PM

    jnbnet, Bill Belichick gets $7.5 MIL a year.

    Considering the salaries of the other NFC West coaches, somebody should call the police because the Niners are stealing.

  39. tbtrojan says: Jan 17, 2012 1:11 PM

    $7 million a year for a guy that average 1 winning season every 3 years, $21 million per winning season, BARGAIN!!!

    Lord only knows what a guy like Cowher can demand now, my guess is the owner will have to purchase one of the soon to be bankrupt European countries (something ike Greece) and give him that as a signing bonus along with $10 million a year.

  40. charlesdixon1 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:15 PM

    I have been a fan of Jeff Fisher since back when he was the head coach for the Houston Oilers but, That was then and this is now. He is a terrible clock manger, plays way too conservitive and afraid to think outside the box. In the last few seasons he has not been professional towards his own players and taking things personal. All and all he really is not 35 million dollars good. “Coaches Build Teams”

  41. realfootballfan says: Jan 17, 2012 1:31 PM

    Lesson one for prospective HCs, get a lot of media friends. They can dumb down the public to believing that you’re a good coach, when you’re in actuality mediocre at best, and are essentially living off of a questionable playoff run that some still aren’t sure should have ever gone past the first round.

    In contrast, the guy you “beat” that day (Wade Phillips) gets dumped on everywhere he goes, despite only having one losing season, but you’re praised for your 12 .500 or below seasons in 17 years with cries of you not having enough power (hogwash because he got it when Floyd Reece was pushed out and quickly saw the talent in TN dry up).

    Jeff Fisher, the definition of leaving someone in place long enough and they’ll get you some playoff appearances. Now, he’s parlayed that and his media friends championing him at every turn to $7 million a year. Well played, Statche, well played.

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