Fisher chooses Rams over Dolphins
Former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher has decided to coach the St. Louis Rams, according to various reports. Fisher had waited more than a week to make his final decision after interviewing with each team.
Fisher had been courted by both the Rams and the Miami Dolphins, but in the end apparently spurned more money from the Dolphins because of the situation with the Rams. A source indicated to NFP that the Dolphins would have been willing to give Fisher up to $8 million to be their coach.
Even though the Rams finished 2-14 this season, there are some aspects to their organizational structure that likely swayed Fisher in their direction. First, St. Louis has a potential franchise quarterback in place in Sam Bradford, the first overall pick in 2010.
Next, Fisher, who had a large say in personnel his final years in Tennessee, will have input into the way the Rams are run, including some influence in who the Rams hire as general manager. The Dolphins already have Jeff Ireland in place as GM. Fisher can also use some of that say in personnel on the second pick in the draft in April.
Also the Rams run a 4-3 system, which Fisher has run his entire career vs. the Dolphins, who have been running a 3-4 system that would require Fisher and whoever he hires as defensive coordinator to overhaul.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com