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Fisher to interview and Dolphins better land him

Jeff Fisher will interview for the Dolphins head coaching job this week, a source familiar with the process told The Miami Herald.

Good. Finally, the Dolphins doing what makes most sense.

Sometimes the NFL turns something that is as fundamental as running faster or being stronger into exotic, scientific sounding postulates and theorems on locomotion. Um, it's about getting from point A to point B and the faster, stronger guy usually does it better than the guy with no God-given ability.

Simple football can be.

And I recall that truth to relate it to the Dolphins current search for a head coach. The Dolphins really, truly need a simple search for a head coach. They need to hire the most accomplished, most respected, most experienced, hungriest, most formidable coach who can most quickly put together a staff of superstars that 10 years from now will look like a who's who in the NFL head coaching ranks.

The Dolphins need to hire Fisher.

The Dolphins need to deliver Fisher.

Simple.

Anything else is settling for the next-best option.

Fisher is the best available coach on the current market. And so it makes sense he is expected to be the first coach the Dolphins interview outside of Todd Bowles, who will fulfill the team's Rooney Rule requirement.

Fisher has taken a team to the Super Bowl. He was widely respected enough to be named co-chairman of the NFL's pretigious Competition Committee. He represents rock-solid ability in a market that offers little certainty.

And that's the reason his name is also atop the list of candidates in Tampa, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Indianapolis and possibly San Diego if that team changes coaches. The St. Louis Post Dispatch today reported Fisher will also interview with the Rams this week.

Fisher is the proverbial fish with gold coin in its mouth. He is the prized catch this offseason. He is it and everyone else is the afterthought. That's why the Dolphins have to land him.

So why are we talking about Chicago special teams coordinator Dave Toub, who is reportedly already been given permission to interview with the Dolphins? Or Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine or Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin? No disrespect to any of these men. They are all talented in their own ways. But they are all fallback positions and everyone knows it.

That's the truth.

So why is Fisher superior?

Which of the candidates has stood in front of a team at halftime at the Super Bowl and coaxed a comeback out of that team? Which one of these men has stood in front of a team and commanded respect based on his word and reputation? Which one of these men has called up a set of potential assistants and convinced them to come with him because they're pretty certain they're going to succeed?

Fisher has.

In future, any and all of the lesser lights of potential Miami coaches may grow to become stars. But Fisher is a star right now.

And, frankly, he is the surest thing the Dolphins can hope for.

I know, I know, you are looking at Fisher's record and see plenty of 8-8 seasons. Guess what? That's better than looking at a coach's resume and seeing no evidence he can even reach 8-8. Faith is great. I am a man of faith.

But when it comes to coaching, I prefer to live by sight rather than faith. Show me a guy who has succeeded and is still hungry and still relatively young and still wanting to win the big prize and I'll show you a better candidate than a guy who is coming up and promising big things with zero assurance of success.

The Dolphins have gone the latter route the past two coaches -- with Cam Cameron and Tony Sparano. Neither had any experience as an NFL coach. It didn't work out.

And now the Dolphins are thinking of returning to that very thing that failed?

Nope, sorry. That's not a plan for success. That's a plan for repeating the previous plan that failed. The Dolphins must land Fisher. The pressure is on.

Already, owner Stephen Ross went on a coaching search and didn't snatch Jim Harbaugh. The owner cannot afford to go on another search and fail at landing the biggest prize available.

It won't be easy. The Dolphins cannot offer a franchise quarterback on the roster. San Diego might. Indianapolis might. The Dolphins cannot offer the highest draft pick. Again, Indianapolis and St. Louis can do that.

But the Dolphins offer the keys to what they believe is an elite franchise. They offer tons of money. They offer a team that is a couple of players short of playoff-caliber.

That better be good enough. Because anything short of getting Jeff Fisher is picking the next best option for Miami.

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I just saw on TV that Fisher most likely ends up in St Louis. I can see this happening as I can't see Fisher wanting to work under Ireland. I think that we will get a young, inexperienced guy that Ireland can manipulate and push around, like a puppet, so to speak. Another thing to think about, is why would a big name coach want to come to Miami, with the turnover we have at the HC position, and the seemingly negligent attitude towards key positions on the team.

Fire Armando? I mean, that's like saying, Fire Ross!

ALOCO IS A (((CELLAR CERTIFIED))) POSTER.

I mean, these College Teams nowadays like LSU or Alabama could beat some of the lower echelon NFL Teams.

NCW,
I'm the only fan in here that Chad Henne has so I guess you're being sarcastic because I so often am.

32 GM's saw everything that Matt Moore did prior to this season and gave him a 2 year contract at $1mil per season.

32 GM's saw everything the Chad Henne has done in his career and since he is a free agent then we'll see how big a contract he gets I expect it will be bigger than Moore's $1mil and Kolb's $5mil.

Anyone can throw for 400+yards behind GB/NE/NO line because they have 5 seconds to throw.

In the history of college football 1 QB started 4 BCS bowls: Chad Henne. 1 QB had his team ranked in the top 25 for 45 out of 48 weeks: Henne. Mallet was his backup when Mallet was a freshman and Henne set the bar so high that Mallet left and went to Arkansas.

Henne will have a great carrer somewhere else and everyone will be happy, especially the fans in Miami who are so used to having a high quality winning product on the field year after year and decade after decade.

I agree that Fisher is the top candidate (assuming BC is not coming back this year). But I don't see him coming to the Finis.

All solid HC candidates will look at all teams and choose them based upon the most important factors:

1) Owner - is the owner a known / stable person who will show patience, professionalism, spend money on talent and stay out of the day-to-day? Ross is a major stike against the Fins. He is a new owner, he messed up the HC situation last year. He is not a proven stable owner.

2) Control - who has control? Is the GM running the show or will the team give the HC control? Does Fisher, Billick or any other realistic candidate want to play HC and GM? Maybe Fisher does because that was an issue for him in Tennesse. If he wants control Ross won't give it to him, anothr major srike against the Dolphins. If it's not Fisher I think all other candidates will be fine with Ireland in control.

3) QB - HC's will want to see a proven QB in place or the chance to land a stud QB in the draft. The Fins don't have a proven QB and have no real chance in the draft. Major strike against them.

4) Proven Nucleus of Veteran Players - The HC would love to have some proven veterans who he can rely upon. Leading the locker room and leading during tight games is what the HC will want from his veterans. The Fins have solid Vets; Long, Incognito, Carey, Marshall, Bess, Bush, Dansby, Burnett, Starks, Langford, Davis, and Bell. Its a good nucleus but how many of them are proven leaders? With JT gone someone has to rise to leadership role. That is an outstanding issue for this team. Not a huge strike against the Fins but its not a great situation for them either.

I see Fisher going elsewhere. I'd like to see him with the Fins but I just don't think it will work out. Billick is fine but I'd just assume go with an up and coming OC. Maybe from GB, Carolina or even Shotty from the Jets. I know there are many against Shotty but I think he will be a solid HC once given his shot.

Longtime lurker/admirer of the blog.

Fisher, have you lost your mind???

Coaxing a comeback that falls short.

Mismanaging the clock too often due to uncertainty in play calling.

No thank you!

Fisher will come in here and throw the football he is a good coach. And he friendly to the fans.

Were 3minutes into the game.... And Luck didn't throw a TD pass. C

Are you guys off the luck truck yet...

I cannot believe everyone is falling into this spell once again. We've had these big name coaches before J. Johnson, N. Sabin, Parcells and NONE of them worked out. I think we fall into this spell of wanting the biggest names with coaches as well as free agent players and it NEVER works. Just look at the Packers and the Steelers they never pick up these types of people they picked up no names coaches and have good DRAFTING to build their team they don't ever pick up big name free agents. They have a certain mold for the type of players they want they just don't pick up the supposed best coach/free agent that's out their.
On the same note we DO NOT need another free agent QB we NEED to draft a QB in the first round. It's amazing how short people's memories are. Don't u people know that picking up free agent QB's DON'T WORK! We've been down this road before and it seems a lot of people have forgot why this team has been BAD for more than a decade. We need to draft a QB in the first round no matter what the cost.
Bottom line it's all about how good u draft and mostly how good your QB is that will determine how far u go in the NFL it's that simple. All the best teams DRAFTED their QB's and the rest of their team they didn't take any shortcuts and pick the supposed best available coach/free agents. I think this team is cursed by its own success in that it is a desirable place to play and coach and usually leads to big name hires and free agent acquisitions whereas a place like Green Bay is maybe a less desirable location that is avoided by the big names and works to their favor.

Pricemaster,

My bad. I thought your post suggested Moore was every bit as good as Flynn. I am not used to seeing anyone supporting Henne so it was a natural assumption.

So lets do this: I believe Henne is far better than Moore and think he will start somewhere else and enjoy great success and the Dolphins will realize they screwed up again. In three years, this blog will be filled with posts from people screaming we should trade for Henne.

In no way do I believe that Moore is a starter in this league and there is no way Moore could have thrown for 350 yards if he played for Green Bay. Moore is a solid backup player.

Me personally, I wouldn't even worry about a QB in the draft unless I can easily and cheaply get RG3. I would resign Henne to a decent contract and would make a bid on Flynn - maybe a very good bid if I got Philbin as HC. I would draft a prospect QB in the 3rd or 4th. I would let Flynn and Henne battle it out for starter. I actually think Henne has the stronger arm but Flynn is superior mentally. Philbin might alter that for Henne.
The rookie QB and Moore would battle it out to see who made the roster with Moore likely being traded.

Interview goes like this. Ireland: Well Jeff how do you feel about drafting an O lineman with our first pick. Fischer: I'm outta here Ireland: Next

Let's see Brandon Weeden now.

I could not disagree more with you. Your logic is too universal, the fact that Camoron and Sparano failed means the FO did a poor job scouting for an assistant with the traits to become a true HC.

You can not say the same about Jimmy Johnson when Jerry Jones rolled the dice, he made it, in fact his success was unreal. That is the kind of guy we need to look for. I have my fears that Fisher will clash with players like Marshall and since getting our QB of the future is by far the most important thing we have to find a coach according to those plans, so with that in mind:

1. If we are planning to go all in to get RG3, hire someone like Rob Chudzinski, very successful OC at Carolina, exp with the Chargers and Browns, and Canes former TEs coach and alumni. Coached Cam Newton and could bring Mike Shula (his current QBs coach) as his OC. As perfect fit as we can hope for, love his TE background to combat Belichick's TEs schemes.

2. If we go all in to get Matt Flynn, the obvious choice is Joe Philbin from Green Bay.

Both these guys are younger than Fisher and will also be hungrier and grow together with these core of young players. If we overpay to land RG3 it will not be the end of the world, we can compensate by signing the best and youngest FAs available like DeSean Jackson at WR (25), Michael Griffin at FS (28) and Greg Olsen at TE (28).


Wilson QB from Wisconsin is 9th ranked and listed at 5'11".
Agree with New Coach Wanted on fin QB situation.
Like Chudzinski with his ties to Miami and what he has done with Newton but would be OK with Philibin if it helped get Flynn for less.

TigerSam, I am with you.

I believe that Ross is running the show when it comes to hiring the head coach. If Ross has conviction about his hire (which you hope he does), he'll defer to the new coach when it comes to the working relationship with Ireland. I don't see this being an issue with hiring Fisher or any other coach.

A likely scenario is the new coach having veto power over personnel. Ireland will continue to do what he loves, which is acorn hunting. The new coach will tell Jeff either yes or no and when Jeff doesn't get his way, he shuffle back to his office.

If Ross is not completely sold on the hire, then Jeff will continue to run the show. FYI, This is what Jeff wants. A Mangini hire (or another two time loser) would fall into this category.

I like the fact Fisher lost a Super Bowl. Back in 1970 another coach took over this team who had just lost a Super Bowl

That being said, I support Fisher or Billick. I want to see someone coaching this team that will stand up and lead.

I don't want a figurehead (Sparano) or a not ready for prime time coordinator (Camoron).

Get better players and the coach will look great. You cannot win a Superbowl with the roster they have!

No offense Armando, but this is a RIDICULOUS article. While Fisher may be the most recognizable name of the group, he will not necessarily end up being the best.

The Dolphins need to find another Sean Payton. If New Orleans only considered going for the biggest name and ignored Sean Payton, they would have missed out on one of the best coaches in the NFL today.

I think the Dolphins need to interview everyone. Just because Sparano was a mistake doesn't mean finding the hot Offensive or Defensive Coordinator would be a mistake.

Why would Fisher choose Miami over Indy, San Diego, or Tampa? Why would Fisher let an owner who has little experience and no success tell him who his GM must be? This is why there is no realistic reason to believe Miami will get Fisher. Sorry

Comparing Fisher and Shula is not logical.

Shula was a highly successful coach who was signed to the Dolphins after 7 seasons with the Colts (where he had a 76% winning record) and went on to have continued success with the Dolphins (albeit at 66%). Shula adapted to his personnel.

Fisher was a coach for 16 seasons with the same team and compiled a record slightly better than 54%. That will drop with the Dolphins as well. Fisher is set in his ways and will try to force the personnel to adapt to him.

hire fisher get flynn from gb draft richardson from alabama and were set next 7 years or more!

Bill Polian just got fired from the Colts front office. That would be a real STEAL if the Dolphins could land someone with his pedigree to replace Ireland. Polian is the one who picked Peyton Manning in the draft several years ago.

Mr. Ross....what has Ireland proved in his tenure ? Or are you married to him because of bring Reggie Bush here ? Are you spot-on SURE that Ireland can build a winner ? Now the talk this year is that the Dolphins need a Franchise QB. Wasn't there a future franchise QB in the last draft (Mallett) that Ireland passed on ? What a wasted opportunity !

Mr. Ross.....Are you SURE you don't want to upgrade the front office ???? It's time for a change....and it is NOT just about a new QB, new Head Coach. It's about talent evaluation, having proven you can put the right pieces together and creating a winning chemistry ! Mr. Ireland has not proved that to ANYONE

I said it before and I'll say it again Mando, the prospect of Jeff Fischer is like going after Kyle Orten. Both have been around a while and neither have shown anything special.

But media will be media and you guys have to push mediocre up our hind quarters...

So tell me....when Pittsburgh hired their current coach, was he a hot commodity? As well known as a Fischer or Cowher or Jimmy Johnson...

And what of players like Bess, Welker and even Marino? Were they so highly desired before they were acquired...or traded to the Patriots?

You are assuming the "young Shula" doesn't exist. You are the one suggesting the Dolphins "settle".

I doubt you will read this; your writing is prolific. But I for one am pleased we had Matt Moore and not Kyle Orten.

Man, the more I watch the highlights of that GB-Det game the more it worries me about Flynn's arm strength. The dude got bailed out by downright awful secondary play, I mean just atrocious, I think the stats are very deceiving, we can all say the same thing about Henne's first game in 2011 against the Pats and we know how it turned out at the end. Stafford looked so much better as a QB however; I do like the way the dude -Flynn- handles himself in and outside the field and does not sound like a robot like Henne. I just can not convince myself Flynn is a major upgrade over Moore.

Meanwhile I see RG3 and see the sky is the limit with the guy, over 70% completion rate, RUFKme? Esp long throws, and he is improving, still developing, his legs add another dimension as well and I think he will be the perfect fit to play with players like Bush an Marshall and if we can add DeSean Jackson and Greg Olsen look out.

I think is time for you Mr. Ireland and you MR. ROSS to show us the fans and the world who is boss and grow some balls. Trade up for RG3, trade him to the Rams for our 1st pick in 2012, 2013, a conditional 2014, a 2013 3rd and Hartline. To compensate sign DeSean Jackson (25 years old), Michael Griffin (FS, great hitter, 28) and Greg Olsen (28, TE, Cane, fast for a TE will run up the seam and complement Fasano). We will have a healthy Long, Pouncey, Jerry, resign Solai, and pick OLinemen in the deepest draft for the position in years (get Mike Adams from OSU or G Kelechi Osemele, beast from Iowa State), look for an OLB and add depth to the secondary esp at CB.

Bring Chudzinski as HC and Shula as the OC, retain Nolan, add the players mentioned above and this team will have some major swagger 80s Canes style just like the Heat, and I know Mr. Ross you do not want to play second fiddle to an NBA team in a football town!

In the history of college football 1 QB started 4 BCS bowls: Chad Henne. 1 QB had his team ranked in the top 25 for 45 out of 48 weeks: Henne. Mallet was his backup when Mallet was a freshman and Henne set the bar so high that Mallet left and went to Arkansas.
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Mallet left Michigan because of incoming head coach Rich Rodriguez and his spread option offense. It had nothing to do with Chad Henne....

Jeff Fisher?! Go Armando! Let's get a coach with six winning seasons in sixteen years. Let him stand up in front of his team at the end of season one and explain why he only won six games. One more thing: 6 winning seasons in 16 years!

Fisher may interview but I guarantee he ain't gonna be coaching us in 2012...sorry to burst your bubble.

If I hear one more Miami fan talk about RG3 and how he's the best thing since sliced bread and how he's the answer for this franchise, I think I'm going to drive my head through a wall. RG3 is NOT NFL READY. His play style is ideal for college but not the pros. And before you ignoramuses start with the "oh but look what Chud has done with Cam Newton" bullcrap, just remember: scrambling, run-first QB's don't win Super Bowls. End of story. Vick is fun to watch. Tebow is a great under dog story. But I'd rather Tebow marry my sister, not lead my football team as the starting QB. In this day and age, scramblers are novelties and fun to watch for a few games, but in this league, intelligent pocket passers win championships.

P.S.
The Tebow reference was to counter any feeble attempts by John to play the race card. The end.

boooooooo the guy was with Tenn 17 years and had 4 winning season!!! 4! 4 winning season!! Just 4 the other 13 seasons he was 8-8 or worse!! How is this guy a winner?

Don't want fisher He is that ground and pound type coach that we had for so long. Give me another assistant. Fisher has lead men but he has also failed. Give me a OC (Carolina, Green bay, even Andy Reid if released) that is hot that can make an offense score and know how an offense should look and let Nolan stay he has done well with a defense that is not really top 10 talent but we still finished top ten.

I know defense and running the ball win championships but can he get a offense that can get us to the playoff first, that starts with a coach that will get it going in the right direction.

in the words of AL Davis "Just Win Baby!"

Dude Billick is a way better coach with a better record. like that guy posted 4 winners in what 17 seasons that blows!! Winestash 2.0 coming soon to a renamed stadium near you!

I could not disagree more with you. Your logic is too universal, the fact that Camoron and Sparano failed means the FO did a poor job scouting for an assistant with the traits to become a true HC. You can not say the same about Jimmy Johnson when Jerry Jones rolled the dice, he made it, in fact his success was unreal. That is the kind of guy we need to look for. I have my fears that Fisher will clash with players like Marshall and since getting our QB of the future is by far the most important thing we have to find a coach according to those plans, so with that in mind: 1. If we are planning to go all in to get RG3, hire someone like Rob Chudzinski, very successful OC at Carolina, exp with the Chargers and Browns, and Canes former TEs coach and alumni. Coached Cam Newton and could bring Mike Shula (his current QBs coach) as his OC. As perfect fit as we can hope for, love his TE background to combat Belichick's TEs schemes. 2. If we go all in to get Matt Flynn, the obvious choice is Joe Philbin from Green Bay. Both these guys are younger than Fisher and will also be hungrier and grow together with these core of young players. If we overpay to land RG3 it will not be the end of the world, we can compensate by signing the best and youngest FAs available like DeSean Jackson at WR (25), Michael Griffin at FS (28) and Greg Olsen at TE (28).

Posted by: TigerSam

Could not have agreed more. Hire this man as GM

As suited as Fisher may be suited for the job. I would much rather see him as a GM with somebody like Jay Gruden as the HC.

Jeff Fisher has not done JACK!!!! in 20 years as a Head Coach what did he bring to the Titans?????? Might as well take a chance on someone else.... we go back to the same thing.... SO CALLED BIG NAMES THAT PRODUCE 0 RESULTS.... NO WONDER THIS FRANCHISE IS A JOKE!!!!!!

Joe Philbin sounds really good or perhaps that Patriots OC

My name is Jeff. I will be the head coach of this team for 2 million a season. I'll take this same team and win 9 games next year.

If I do not win 9 I will refund the 2 million to the team.

Please contact me to discuss.

Cowher over Fisher, Gruden & Billick. With Cowher out, Fisher is the next best option.

He's smarter than Ross however & will probably not want to work with Jeff Ireland.

We'll get stuck with B list / acorn type coach to coach Ireland's acorn roster. A perfect fit!

theres no prefert choice for miami out there . theres the only choices we have 1st FISHER,billick 2ND, 3rd and 4th GB,s and NEW ORLENS offense corr. thats the best and only choices we have

not another stache. no to fisher!!!!

You say the Dolphins MUST land Fisher. I disagree for the very reason you state we must....that not landing him will be deemed as failure. I see nothing in Fisher that says greatness. He is a good coach, nothing more. I would be glad that the Dolphins land him. But, to say the Dolphins MUST land him is simply ludicrous. What the Dolphins MUST do is find a franchise QB. If they did that two years ago the Dolphins would have been in the playoffs this year and Tony Sparano would still be coach and all Dolphin fans would be happy.

Armando what landing Fisher and trading our # 1 draft pick for Flynn to become a Dolphin, it rimes! Fisher is the better man I agree, but definatelly Flynn should be the # 1 option for the Dolphins, we will spend the #1 pick on a QB, why not him, hes been learning from Rodgers, the best QB out there.

The problem with Fisher is he hasnt won anything. The SB is the standard by which all others(coaches) are judged and Fisher lost the only SB he attended. So what makes him more hungry then say Todd Bowles, who the players know and respect. Bowles did a creadible job with the three games he had. And Bill Billick is available and is as accomplished as Fisher, at least Billick won the only SB he attended. Still dont understand the loggic behind firing Sparano with only three games left on the schedule. What did that acconplish, only to justify in the fans minds that Ross is still a "rookie". Why didnt Ross fire Sparano at 0-7? Or more simply fired Sparano last Jan 2011? This ship that Ross is captain of is floundering in deep water. Notice how many Dolfans did not attend the Jets game?

Would not Ireland have to go if Fisher were hired? I dont see Fisher and "sniper" Ireland getting along. Not after the Sparano debacle last Jan. Would you???

Fisher would be my choice, I, being a native Texan followed him from the Oiler days to Tennessee and found him to be very well respected, as well as an excellent coach. The players also like him and want to play well for him. The Dolphins need to mesh as a team and having a coach like Fisher knows how to bring teams together....Now,the only problem I see is whether Marshall can behave himself thru all of this????

Fisher would be a respectable choice, but so would several others. Assistant coaches are every bit as respected as most head coaches...maybe more so. Again, Fisher would be good, but he's not the only one that would be good.

Let's not be fools and listen and believe the garbage in this blog. Harbaugh in San Francisco had none of the qualities nor the experience that Fisher has....look what he did this year. Just find the right guy...Fisher is old news!

Maybe the Dolphins should try something new and hire Armando. He seems to have an opinion on everything. The Dolphins have tried a lot if options, heck, why not hire a blog writer?!??

Armando wrote:

So why is Fisher superior? Which of the candidates has stood in front of a team at halftime at the Super Bowl and coaxed a comeback out of that team?

Ummmm, if I'm not mistken, there was no comeback. They failed to make a comeback by a yard! Fisher is old news and while he may make the team somewhat respectable, he will not win it all for us!

Bring in Rob Chudzinski before someone else snaps him up! He's young, hungry a former Hurricane and well respected in the league.

Blue Moon of Kentucky is all I can say.

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