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    Fisher closes in on his choice

    By Jim Thomas

    Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looks like he's out the door. Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton spent his Friday with Stan Kroenke in the Mile High City. And Jeff Fisher says it's down to St. Louis and Miami — not necessarily in that order — for his next place of employment.
    Events Friday all seemed to indicate that a decision was near on the Rams' next head coach — with the signs pointing to Fisher and the Rams. How so?
    Giving New England permission to interview McDaniels for its vacant offensive coordinator position could be interpreted as a strong hint that Fisher is coming to St. Louis. The Rams granted permission to the Patriots late Friday afternoon. Kansas City hasn't requested to speak to McDaniels.
    NFL sources indicated to the Post-Dispatch early in the week that Fisher almost certainly wouldn't retain McDaniels because their offensive philosophies don't mesh. (Fisher likes a more conservative style with power running and play-action passing.)
    Meanwhile, the interview with Horton in Denver fulfills Rooney Rule requirements on minority candidates. The interview went well, and Horton was impressive, according to team sources. So, it may seem easy enough to connect the dots and start working on that Jeff Fisher nameplate for the head coach's office at Rams Park.
    • McDaniels gone. Check.
    • Rooney rule. Check.
    • Jeff Fisher. Write the check.
    Not so fast. League sources familiar with the coach search said the Rams don't know who's the frontrunner at this point — them or Miami. Fisher let it be known Friday that his decision was down to the Dolphins and Rams, and that he would make a choice by midweek. The decision might come before that, but contrary to some speculative reports, Fisher hasn't made up his mind. Nor have the Rams and Fisher begun anything resembling serious negotiations, though that might happen as soon as today.
    Wherever Fisher ends up, those close to Fisher say he plans to put together a "rock-star" coaching staff. One talking point of negotiations will be how much money he can spend on his staff, which was a point of contention at times during Fisher's 16 seasons with the Tennessee franchise.
    So, it could be Fisher or bust for the Rams. Horton and Fisher are the only known candidates to have interviewed with the Rams. However, dismissing Horton would be a disservice, particularly when you consider that Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh was far from the top choice with the Steelers in 2007 but is seeking his third Super Bowl appearance and second Super Bowl title in four seasons.
    Horton, 51, a native of Tacoma, Wash., had a 10-year career as a cornerback in the NFL with Cincinnati (1979-82) and Dallas ('89-92). His pro coaching career includes stints with Washington, Cincinnati, Detroit and Pittsburgh. Until this season, he had spent his entire NFL coaching career coaching defensive backs.
    In Arizona, the Cardinals' defense started slowly this season but showed marked improvement over the final 10 games, finishing tied for 18th in total defense. With his background in Pittsburgh, where he was an assistant from 2004-10, Horton installed the Steelers' defensive scheme, featuring a 3-4 front and pressure from anywhere. Horton has a straightforward, at times blunt approach — a style that worked well this season with the Cardinals.
    The Rams are probing other options as well. For example, the team contacted University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, but Sarkisian told them he wasn't interested.
    Even so, things always seem to find their way back to Fisher. Further feeding the Fisher frenzy is the fact that the Rams have received permission to interview two members of the Titans' front office about their vacant general manager's job: vice president of football operations Lake Dawson and vice president of player personnel Ruston Webster. All told, that makes eight identified general manager candidates for St. Louis. It would have been nine, but Baltimore director of player personnel Eric DeCosta announced he is staying with the Ravens.

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    The part I bolded is getting me even more excited about the prospects of hiring Jeff Fisher, than actually hiring Jeff Fisher. The HC is only half the battle, he needs quality assistants. I hope the rumors of him bringing his buddy Gregg Williams wherever he goes are true.

    Note: Gregg Williams contract is up with NO at the end of the year and he has denied extension talks til there season ends.


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    Re: Fisher closes in on his choice

    I like alot of what i read in that article esepcially the part about him putting together a good coaching staff because a HC is only as good a the assitants that work under him.

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    Re: Fisher closes in on his choice

    I wonder who Fisher has in mind for the OC position?

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    Re: Fisher closes in on his choice

    Quote Originally Posted by THOLTFAN81 View Post
    Further feeding the Fisher frenzy is the fact that the Rams have received permission to interview two members of the Titans' front office about their vacant general manager's job: vice president of football operations Lake Dawson and vice president of player personnel Ruston Webster.
    I view this as another sign that Fisher may be coming to the Rams. He may have requested this outright.
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    Re: Fisher closes in on his choice

    the reason I like Fisher for this job is going back to SB 34 when in the highlight video he pulled the team together and started shouting look at them over there they are already celebrating or something close to that and he said some more but right after that they came alive and made a great game of it and damn near tied it up,the Rams need that passion from a coach and they need that fire lite under them and I think he will bring that.
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