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    Rams COO Demoff Denies Jeff Fisher Report

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    Kevin Demoff, the St. Louis Rams Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, discussed the team's decision to fire head coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney at a Monday afternoon press conference. Demoff spent most of his time answering questions and laying out the team's next steps for finding replacements. That included giving a response to a report earlier on Monday from Peter King involving Jeff Fisher, part of a string of rumors linking the Rams to Fisher.

    Demoff denied King's report that the team has already spoken with Jeff Fisher and set up an interview with the former Titans head coach. He also laughed off the suggestion that Fisher was a match for the Rams because the former Titans coach is represented by Marvin Demoff, Kevin's father.

    "Everybody assumes that because my father represents Jeff Fisher, there's a natural fit. His job is to represent Jeff Fisher; our job is to find the right head coach for the Rams," Demoff explained. "I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that because I know someone who happens to know Jeff well, that I know Jeff well, that Jeff's going to be our head coach."
    "I know that makes for great conjecture, great internet fodder...but it's completely unfounded," Demoff said.
    The Rams have not yet spoken with Fisher or any other candidates.
    "Contrary to what's been written, there are no leading candidates, we have not spoken to any candidates," Demoff said. They did not want to make any moves in that direction until the team and owner Stan Kroenke had reached a final decision regarding Spagnuolo and Devaney, a decision that was reached on Sunday night.
    There is no timetable for hiring someone, though the Rams COO made it clear that they plan to move forward quickly with the process. The Rams intend to start setting up interviews with candidates within the next 48 hours.
    As they look for new leadership, the Rams will have some high profile assistance in the process. Demoff revealed that the team reached out to Dick Vermeil, the Rams Super Bowl winning coach from 1997 through 1999, as well as Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk. Those two, along with others, will be involved in the search process. Owner Stan Kroenke, whose silence throughout the Rams 2-14 season was a constant topic for local talk radio and message boards, will be "heavily involved" in hiring the team's next head coach and general manager.

    Leadership and accountability will be a key part of the Rams next hires. Demoff described the need for an "adaptable and smart" football mind for the head coaching position. As far as what the Rams are seeking in a general manager, Demoff noted a preference for someone with a strong background in personnel and consensus building, someone to bring together the vision of the coaching staff and the assessments of the scouting department.

    "We're serious about getting this right and we're serious about building winning tradition in St. Louis," concluded Demoff.
    A little disappointing, but let's be honest, where there's smoke there's fire. Let's see what develops. Also note who's involved with the process. Its going to be an interesting week.


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    Re: Rams COO Demoff Denies Jeff Fisher Report

    Really not surprised, everything is speculation until proven from an official word that states a confirmation.

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    Re: Rams COO Demoff Denies Jeff Fisher Report

    Yea but he also said in that press conference that he had talked to his dad today about Fisher's needs and the organizations needs.

    Unless Fisher just says no I got the feeling that he will be in for an interview by the end of the week.

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    Re: Rams COO Demoff Denies Jeff Fisher Report

    They're gonna talk to him, have no fear. They just haven't done it yet. I like that they're taking advice from good football people like Vermiel and Faulk.

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    Re: Rams COO Demoff Denies Jeff Fisher Report

    Fisher will be interviewed, and the rams probably contacted him indirectly.... Plus demoff cant come to a firing squad press conference and say oh yea we talked to fisher and a couple other guys. Lol. If that happened all hell wwould break loose. The media would eat him alive becuase that would be saying he contacted other coaches before despags and co were fired. Then the speculation of how many people have they contacted and how long has this been going on would begin. Besides all that Adam schefter just said on espn fisher will interview with rams and dolphins!

    In Shefter i trust

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    Re: Rams COO Demoff Denies Jeff Fisher Report

    True, Shefter's the man.

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    Re: Rams COO Demoff Denies Jeff Fisher Report

    Yeah, no surprise that a team official would deny rumors and speculation- even if there's truth to much of it. Demoff's comments do not disappoint me in the least; it's what I'd expect him to say. Fisher will interview and I dare say be offered the job. My only worry is that Miami gets in there ahead of us and plucks him. Then what?

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