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Why the Rams are favorites to get Fisher

At no time have I told you on this blog what I think is going to happen with the Jeff Fisher search. I've told you what, in fact, is happening in the news. I've told you what is supposed to happen next, based on facts.

Now let's go a step further. Let me report to you that of the five sources I've spoke to on the topic the past three days, four told me they expect Fisher to go to St. Louis. So there's that.

As for my opinion? Allow me to give you that now based on what I know:

I spoke to a very highly placed Dolphins source late Thursday and was told the Dolphins are optimistic they will get Fisher. But they don't know. Not really. Not at all.

So the Dolphins don't really know if they're getting Fisher or not. They hope they are. They simply don't know and the Internet report saying they think they're getting Fisher is probably overstating the issue.

Me?

I don't think the Dolphins are getting Jeff Fisher. I think he'll end up in St. Louis. Furthermore, the only way I believe Fisher comes to Miami is if the Rams somehow blow the process of hiring him. If the Rams play this smart rather than play it like they've performed on the field the past decade, they simply have the better opportunity for Fisher.

In St. Louis, Fisher has the ability to mold the franchise's structure. He would have say over the hiring of a general manager. He doesn't have that in Miami. In St. Louis he will have a quarterback in Sam Bradford that is younger and has more long-range potential than Miami's Matt Moore. If Fisher is not sold on either quarterback -- a possibility -- he'd have a better opportunity to find a pedigreed replacement in St. Louis because the Rams have the No. 2 overall pick. The Dolphins, who own the eighth or ninth pick depending on a coin toss, likely will not have a chance to pick either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.

In St. Louis, the No. 2 overall selection can be used as trade bait and it would bring multiple first-round picks in return -- perhaps from Cleveland, which has two first-round picks this year and wants a quarterback (RG3). The Dolphins can trade down from their spot but it will not bring an extra first-round pick this year.

The Rams have more salary cap space than the Dolphins.

The Rams play in division that does not include Bill Belchick.

The quarterbacks the Rams have to beat to win the division are Tarvaris Jackson, Kevin Kolb or John Skelton, and Alex Smith. The quarterback the Dolphins have to beat to win the division is Tom Brady.

St. Louis owner Stan Kroenke is a known quantity. He owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche as well as the Arsenal football club of the Premier League. He does not interfere with his coaches. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is a less known quantity. He doesn't currently own other sports franchises and it cannot be said he is like Jerry Jones But Ross did at various points involve himself in the team's quarterback search last season.

Miami's advantages over St. Louis?

It's simply nicer here. This is a bigger market. The overall Miami roster is deeper than the one in St. Louis, although the Rams defense is already built with 4-3 personnel while Miami's defense has been built since 2005 with 3-4 personnel.

Fisher runs the 4-3 defense.

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As has been repeated often, promoting from within does not carry a high probability of success in terms of winning a title. (FACT) Making Nolan head coach does provide stability and continuity - we will continue to be a mediocre team. (OPINION)

Just something that the flat-earthers can't understand.

SO ;;;

O'BRIAN TO PENN ST
JOSH .M TO PATS

FISHER TO RAMS
CRENNEL TAKES THE HC JOB IN KC ;;;;

ALoco said:

JOSH MACDANIELS THE EX DENVER HC AND CURRENT RAMS OC WILL JOIN THE PATS AGAIN AS OFFENSIVE ASSISTANT NEXT WEEK.....
NOW 2+2=4
HE'S OUT
FISHER IS IN AS ST RAMES HC ...............

Pure genius this guy; like this is new news.

AND SPARANO COULD RETURN AS OC FOR THE JETS OR THE COWBOYS .....

Steve McNair tosses a 1 yards pass from the 4 yard line, the receiver(kevin dyson, I believe) stopped short.

Posted by: IMAWriter wants a Harbaugh as HC | January 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM


I won't argue with you on your Fisher comments.

However, that one play, that single play really shouldn't be laid on Fisher as any sort of fault.

1. They had the right defensive call on. It was executed real well. All in all, a GREAT defensive play(gotta give credit where credit is due).

2. I put a lot of blame on McNair's decision in that situation.

3. I would also lay a little blame on Dyson too. Not much for sure, but a little.

PS: It's been awhile, I hope you and your family had a Great Holiday!

Posted by: odinseye | January 07, 2012 at 05:03 PM
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Yes, you are right concerning Dyson, just didn't seem to have the will, or the strength.
I do believe they 9the Rams) had the right call due to the fact that Fisher and Heimerdinger his OC were so predictable.
Interestingly, when coaching with Denver, Heimerdinger (God rest his soul) was allowed to open up the offensive for McDaniels, and also with the Jets.
As you know, heimerdinger later returned to the Titans. The rest is sad history. He coached here up t5o the very minute his body said NO MORE.
Sorry for the OT, but Mike Heimerdinger was one brave SOB.

Thanks for the holiday wishes. Santa was kind.
Not a bad game on now, i'd love to see the bengals win this. I love dalton and believe kelley Moore is also the real deal. No shorter than Drew Brees, whom I saw against the Titans 3 weeks ago. Titans should have won. 9not a titans fan, free ticket)
As was said above, Keenum is intriguing, but played pretty much nobody for 2 years. PSU was not ready for a bowl game though, ya think?

Sorry, meant Kellen...beer typos.

http://www.jimrome.com/junglehighlights?uri=channels/465575/1576604

Guy's listen to this. Think about it. Get Gundy as HC, move up to draft Blackmon and then move up to second to get Weeden. Instant continuity and system.

Gundy has that fire and attitude we need.

Armando your correct on this one. Let's move on; the next article from you Armondo should be who do the Dolphins turn to; please do not say Philbin, McCarthy is the creator and play caller of that offense. Philbin sounds like a guy who is administratively assisting the head coach. In my opinion to avoid change and keep the OC and DC Todd Bowles should be named HC.

The deal breaker will most likely be Ross not totally committing to a clean slate approach by keeping Ireland. It proved that while Ross claims to want to learn how to be a desirable owner, his desire to control to one degree or another is still prevalent. He should have realized that any high profile coach worth their salt would want say in a GM selection as well as other operational and coaching personnel. Again, this will come back to bith the Fins. Obviously, same thing happened with Harbaugh last year. Ross held back just enough to blow that deal too.

Hire Joe Philbin, ask him to bring Tom Clement as OC! Sign Flynn in free agency to compete with Matt Moore, and keep Nolan as DC. Go after J. Blackmon in the draft or trade down and pick up some O-line help and add a pick. Grab a TE early 2nd round, and then another QB in 3rd or 4th round to develop. We can add solid pieces in FA, and MIAMI will be in business in 2012!

Philbin! Sign Flynn. QB set that knows system.
Keep Nolan or fire? Can't say Nolan really had these guys ready to go this year starting 0-7
Daboll thanks but see ya.

Draft SS,RT,WR,TE, G, OLB.
solidify O Line not play musical chairs for 4 weeks

I'm glad Fisher may go to St. Louis. I have NEVER been impressed with his Oilers/Titans teams. NEVER.

JJ,

Read your 2:25 PM comment. You do know that Mularkey was our OC for 1 year under Satan and TE coach under Camoron?

I hated Mularkey's offense, Especially red-zone, under Satan. He has done well in Atlanta and he doesn't get too gimmicky and cute in the red-zone like he did with the Satan.

Aloco said:

"AND SPARANO COULD RETURN AS OC FOR THE JETS OR THE COWBOYS ....."

No way. Maybe O-Line position coach with the Cowboys (again!), but not HC. If he gets another HC opportunity, I see it with a small, northeastern college.

Aloco,
I meant Sparano wouldn't get an OC opportunity with Dallas. Maybe he gets a HC chance at a small college, but I do not see any NFL team giving him a coordinator job, only a position coaching opportunity.

mike d,
So you want to blow up the only promising part of our team: QB and offensive production? Packers are west coast, so that means pretty much blow-up the offense and start from scratch.

If I'm Ross I say it's your job if you want here's the $ ! Answer now if you want he gig! If not.... F. Off!

Uh, what offense do we have? Averaging a TD a game is not an offense, it is offensive. West Coast? As many bombs as Green Bay throws, and as many points as they score per game, yes, bring that offense.

Everybody who says no to Philbin, once he is hired, should have to come on the blog, apologize every post for not having a clue, and be required to buy everyone who has suggested Philbin a drink at happy hour daily.

Dalton finally looks like a rookie.
Houston D comes up big.
They would have a chance against the Pats, but will have to go to Pittsburgh, assuming the Steelers beat Denver.

Sure would be nice for the Fins to be playing in January. (Sigh)

I hope you clowns are happy. Thanks to us winning a bunch of stupid meaningless games, we will now not get a good coach or QB. We're gonna suck again next year. Guaranteed that Indy will finish with a better record than us.

Mularkey??? Really? This shows me that we are desparate. Does anyone know why Brian Billick is not getting an interview????? I actually prefer Billick over Fisher as I think we need an offensive minded coach. Please bring in Billick. He wants to be here, has a super bowl ring and built an excellent coaching staff when he the coaching the Ravens. He would be 100 times better than Mularkey and would bring credibility to the team with regards to free agents. C'mon Ross...for once make the right decision and hire Billick and stay out of his way (well I guess he needs to interview him first). Mularkey - are you kidding me?!?!

See my post below. We have no hope.

Should have lost enough games to ensure either Luck or RG3 and then fisher or another good coach would be a lock. We will be, at best, 5-11 next year. And prolly still have Moore at QB.

Brian Billick. Although I like the Blackmon/Weeden comment above.

The idea that Ross doesn't know tentatively keeping his GM, might be a negative for potential HC's is absurd. Of course he knows. He isn't stupid. Peterson, whether you like him or not, isn't stupid either, and has certainly advised Ross of this.

i guess once again it points to Ireland, only way he goes if Fisher gets it...if a coordinator gets it he stays...we doomed if Ireland does the draft!

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