Fisher chooses to coach Rams over Dolphins
Published: Jan. 13, 2012 at 02:11 p.m.
Updated: Jan. 13, 2012 at 02:41 p.m.
The St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with Jeff Fisher to be their next head coach, a league source told NFL Network's Michael Lombardi on Friday.
Fisher had been the most prominent candidate connected to any of the current head-coaching vacancies, interviewing with both the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins. Most recently, NFL Network had reported that Fisher was close to joining the Dolphins. Previously, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora had reported that St. Louis was likely to hire Fisher, but later reported that compensation had been an issue between Fisher and the Rams, with Fisher wanting about $7 million per season.
St. Louis coaches since Super Bowl XXXIV win Mike Martz 2000-05* 53-32 Joe Vitt 2005 4-7 Scott Linehan 2006-08* 11-25 Jim Haslett 2008 2-10 Steve Spagnuolo 2009-11 10-38 *Did not finish season with team.
A Dolphins source told NFL.com's Jeff Darlington following Fisher's decision to go to St. Louis that he never asked for complete control over the Dolphins. According to the source, Fisher expressed during the interview that he wanted a mutual decision-making process with general manager Jeff Ireland, which is what the Dolphins also planned to institute.
Fisher spent 17 years as the head coach of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, compiling a 142-120 record before leaving the team after the 2010 season. He has a 5-6 record in the postseason, taking the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999, which the team ultimately lost to the St. Louis Rams.
Fisher also spent a season with the Rams as defensive coordinator in 1991, when the franchise was based in Los Angeles.
The Rams fired coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney after the regular season ended. The Rams sputtered to a 2-14 finish in Spagnuolo's third season in charge. He left St. Louis with a 10-38 record.
The Dolphins will now likely turn to one of the other candidates mentioned in connection with their vacancy, including interim coach Todd Bowles, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub. Bowles has also been mentioned as a candidate for the Oakland Raiders' head-coaching job.
The Dolphins already have an interview lined up for Saturday, a team source told Darlington, but the source would not reveal the name of the candidate. It is not a "big name" in the category of guys like Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher.