Fisher confirms that Rams initiated talks in February, held news because of Kobe

AP

Rams Coach Jeff Fisher started the team’s press conference regarding its trade with the Titans for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by saying that Rams general manager Les Snead initiated conversations about trading for the No. 1 pick with Titans general manager Jon Robinson at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

Fisher also confirmed that the teams reached an agreement on the trade Wednesday but kept the news under wraps in deference to Kobe Bryant’s last game with the Los Angeles Lakers that was played Wednesday night.

More than six weeks of talks between the teams included the Rams holding private and secret workouts with both Carson Wentz and Jared Goff “in late February or early March,” Fisher said, as the Rams collected information on the draft’s top quarterbacks.

“We were the first ones in,” Fisher said.

As for which player the Rams will be picking, Fisher and Snead understandably offered no clues and said there are no plans to reveal their pick before the draft, which begins April 28, two weeks from tonight.

“There will be suspense leading all the way up,” Snead said. “It will be good for the networks.”

Snead said he felt the Titans were “willing” to trade for proper value in return and that he and Robinson had “snuck out of the suites” at the Scouting Combine to discuss possible parameters. Snead said that both teams decided last weekend that a potential deal needed to be done this week, and Fisher said a deal was finalized late Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier Thursday, Robinson said the Titans had a couple of other “solid offers” for the No. 1 pick.

After going from pick No. 15 to No. 1, Fisher was asked about making a splash as the team begins play in Los Angeles.

“This is the best thing for this football team now,” Fisher said. “But when you take into consideration what’s ahead for this team — the enthusiasm, the excitement — the timing couldn’t be better.”

35 responses to “Fisher confirms that Rams initiated talks in February, held news because of Kobe

  1. With the Rams probably drafting a QB and Foles being pretty clearly on the outside looking in, how long before Denver calls them so they can make a trade?

  2. I’m sure the current starting QB (Forgot his name) on the roster is going to ever trust what come’s out of his coach’s mouth again. I for one will enjoy the watching this dumpster fire from my comfortable playoff town in Washington DC. Could have avoided all this and just drafted RGIII in 2012 OR SIGN HIM WEEKS AGO. But no, you insist you are the smartest guy in the room with your huge mustache, Fischer.

  3. Jeff Fisher doesn’t want the NFL to add more games to the schedule, because that would break his 8-8 streak and require him to win one more game…which he is incapable of.

  4. LOL, Fisher is the worst….how does he still have a job ?? It will be fun watching LA stink I guess

  5. All good for the 9ers, this will knock the Rams back a couple of years, competitively, and they don’t have to worry about Squidward landing in LA and coming back to haunt them

  6. Hope this guy pans out otherwise….’thatsaaaa pretty big matzo ball hanging out there’

  7. Here is my Kobe rant. He spends 20 years with his hateful, don’t talk to me, I am better than you attitude and now, suddenly, he is all warm, smiles and just a swell guy????? Who cares about his last game?? It was a farce, worse than the NBA All Star game where nobody plays D. Adios Kobe, I really don’t care!

  8. They held it because the news wouldn’t have been news to their LA fan base who was wrapped up in Kobe’s last game. They don’t have a fan base in LA. Don’t try to act like you did it out of respect for Kobe when you obviously held the news for a time that would get more attention from the locals that you want to become your fans.

  9. “Fisher also confirmed that the teams reached an agreement on the trade Wednesday but kept the news under wraps in deference to Kobe Bryant’s last game with the Los Angeles Lakers that was played Wednesday night.”

    What that really means is they deferred to how much more they knew the market cared about Bryant’s last game than they do about the Rams. This trade was made for splash as much as for the player. How embarrassing would it have been had they announced it yesterday only to have no one in LA care.

  10. Why would the Broncos want foles? It makes me wonder if anyone on this website has ever seen him play. Or, in the case of last year, not seen him play, when he was benched for some bum named keenum

  11. I, for one, am grateful Fisher still has a coaching job. I have a feeling that if he wasn’t coaching, he’d be in the media and I’d have to listen to him more often. No thanks.

  12. LOL Jeff Fisher , new flash: Kobe is bigger and way more important to LA than a perpetual 7-9 team that’s been gone for the last 21 years.

  13. Jeff Fisher, forever the saint. He gives us new rules, he lectures his peers, he defers to Kobe. To bad he can’t coach his way out of a paper bag.

  14. Gotta say, I love this news as a Seahawks fan. The Rams have had the top pick in the draft more than anyone else over the last 10-20 years, and they ALWAYS find a way to blow it. So they just gave up all those picks for what? A chance to blow it again! Great!

    And yeah, Fisher is the worst coach in the NFL. Perpetually mediocre, which is worse than outright sucking because owners are afraid to fire him and they just continue the cycle…

  15. juliusanonymous says: Gotta say, I love this news as a Seahawks fan. …The Rams are Perpetually mediocre.

    It is fun to watch the Rams blow it. But, the Rams always played the Seahawks tough at St. Louis. It’ll be better for the NFC West if that trend continues in LA.

  16. juliusanonymous says:
    Apr 14, 2016 6:43 PM

    Gotta say, I love this news as a Seahawks fan. The Rams have had the top pick in the draft more than anyone else over the last 10-20 years, and they ALWAYS find a way to blow it. So they just gave up all those picks for what? A chance to blow it again! Great!

    And yeah, Fisher is the worst coach in the NFL. Perpetually mediocre, which is worse than outright sucking because owners are afraid to fire him and they just continue the cycle…
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    Meanwhile Fisher’s Rams swept your Seahawks last year.Food for thought.

  17. That was a good move to delay the announcement, finding the story on page 3 of the sports pages would have driven home right away how LA is not an football town. It is better to find out over time.

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