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Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:35 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 3:44 pm
In every contest, even coach hirings, there are winners and losers. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

With the news that Jeff Fisher picked the Rams over the Dolphins now confirmed by's Mike Freeman, we figured we'd take a look at the saga from the knee-jerk perspective of picking winners and losers.

Trust us, someone always wins. And someone always loses. It's life. Leave yours in the comments.


Jeff Fisher: Stop us if we're being too obvious, but the dude straight cleaned up, you guys. We don't have contract details yet, but Mike Freeman's already reported that the Dolphins feel "used." If that's the case, Fisher's getting a pile of money from the Rams and the word on the street is he'll be picking his own general manager. He got everything he wanted and more when he became the top candidate in the coaching candidate class, even if he's not worth it.

Mike Zimmer: As Albert Breer of the NFL Network notes, Zimmer now moves to the front of the Dolphins coaching list. He's previously worked with 'Fins general manager Jeff Ireland in Dallas, and could be a good fit in Miami. He's also getting mentioned for the Buccaneers gig (and will interview with Tampa Bay), which means the Dolphins might feel a need to hurry things up on Zimmer and get something done, which could land him his first job as a head coach. At the very least, he has leverage now.

Carolina Panthers: When Jay Gruden pulled out of the running for the Rams gig, it looked like Fisher picking the Dolphins could really open up the door for St. Louis to hire Panthers offensive coordinator Rod Chudzinski. Instead, Chud's primary option is to bolt for the Bucs, which seems less likely.

Gregg Williams: Williams is doing just fine with the Saints now, but his contract's up and there's a decent chance he bolts to work with his old boss in Tennessee. It's not like he was going to get canned from New Orleans (we don't expect him to anyway), but now he has leverage with both the Saints and Rams and could potentially pick the job he wants. Or, if New Orleans wanted to move along after a bad defensive year, Williams wouldn't be burnt. Plus, if he can turn around the Rams defense, he'll likely parlay that into another head-coaching gig.

Lake Dawson: The current VP of Football Operations for the Titans has already interviewed with the Rams. He seems like a pretty solid bet to land the general manager position with St. Louis now.

Mustaches: Fisher's got one a stash that's strong enough to grow icicles, store lunch for later and generally support the weight of a pint of Guinness head. Him patrolling the sidelines for an NFL football team only enhances the manly allure of lip fur.


Stephen Ross: For the second year in a row, Ross' Dolphins have come in second place while chasing a big-name coaching candidate. Last year it was Jim Harbaugh (how's that working out for the 49ers?) and this year it was Fisher. At least this time Ross wasn't already employing a coach when he went chasing after a big name.

Stan Kroenke: If the reports that Fisher doesn't have a contract are true, um, WUT? Why would Kroenke let himself get in this situation? No general manager, a coach who "picked" him and no agreement with that coach in place other than "you get power"? Doesn't this mean Fisher kind of runs the negotiations on his contract and salary from here on out?

Jeff Ireland: Whether or not the rumors about Fisher demanding power are true is irrelevant, because they're out there, and that means it looks like, to many people, that the Dolphins front office is a bit of a mess. (The "Carl Peterson might be running his own coaching search" rumors don't help much either.)

St. Louis Rams: Oh yeah, we went there. Though it's entirely possible that Fisher will be a good hire and he'll lead the Rams back to respectability quickly, St. Louis is still going all in on Fisher at this point. What if they're wrong and just handed a pile of cash, the power to select a general manager and a long contract to a guy who only won 10-plus games six times in his 17-year career with the Titans? Oh, right. They did just do that.

Justin Blackmon: Given that the Titans only once used a first-round pick on a wide receiver (1998, Kevin Dyson), it would be somewhat surprising to see them pull the trigger on Blackmon at No. 2 overall. Obviously this can change depending on how he works out and what sort of trades emerge, but Fisher's spent a lot of picks on defense during his days in Tennessee.

LeBron James: Because one of Fisher's highly-publicized choices was the Miami area, everyone and his brother will now use the line "Take his talents to St. Louis." It won't ever die, LeBron.

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Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:22 am

Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

You are what you are - Fisher will not get the Rams to anywhere; his time has passed.

Jeff went to the Superbowl in 1999; not even in this century.

Has not had a wining season since 2008

Under 500 in Playoffs

In 2001 with 1–4 record. Following a home loss, owner Bud Adams made the comment to reporters that perhaps the Titans "were getting outcoached."

Good Luck Rams; the Dolphins are already lucky - we didn't get Fisher!!!!   



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:18 am

Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

I really wish someone would have proofread this. How many times does he call the Rams the Titans? 

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:01 am

Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

I know the idea is to stir debate ,but Fisher worked for Bud Adams ,not exactly jerry Jones or Daniel Snyder ,in otherwards he hald on to his pennies ,so to say he ONLY had 6 winning seasons in 17 is rather assinine.This man willed horrible teams to .500 records and good teams to division titles.He also went to a Superbowl without a FRANCHISE player on offense which is diffucult to do ,unless you are the Ravens or the Bucs of the early 2000's ,GREAT SIGNING by a team that has won 15 games in 5 seasons.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:36 pm

Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

I am happy for a few things the Dolphins didn't get Fisher. don't have cat scartch fever, and our new HC may well still be alive in the Playoffs......fingers & toes crossed!!

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:45 pm

Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

well then that would just be the cat's pajamas.

 the ex-girlfriend used to dress up the cats & I gotta say -

 nothing was uglier than the cat's pajamas - literally & figuratively !

Ted Nugent had nothing on me when it came to "cat scratch fever" -

It looked like a friggin war zone - cats just don't like footies !

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:13 pm

Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

The Rams?

Hmmm...have you seen how terrible this franchise has been the last 8+ years? I am sure we overpaid and gave him too much power and blah blah blah...but good Lord and Tim Tebow, something had to be done to steer this trainwreck of an organization back on track.

I am not a huge Fisher fan, but I put more faith in him right now then another flavor of the week coordinator who is supposed to be the next best head coach. We have been there, done that and crashed and burned.

No matter what, we need to strongly upgrade the talent in the Lou or Nelly will cry...

If he can bring in Gregg Williams for DC, well then that would just be the cat's pajamas.

Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:55 pm

Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

Losers: The readers of this articles. They will never get that minute back.

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:51 pm

Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

Not sure if Brinson realizes that this is actually not a loss for Kroenke. Stan is tying St. Louis' NFL fate to Fisher. If Fisher doesnt do well, it will just make it easier for Stan to move the Rams back to the immense LA market. If Fisher does do well, then Stan gets leverage to get STL to fork over the dough and tax breaks needed (not that the 7BIL dollar man needs any more tax breaks) for a new stadium or monster renovation of The Dome.

Looks like Stan isnt in that bad of a position at all. And again, the dude could care less if he makes Fisher the highest paid coach in the NFL (not sure what that would take, 8MIL??) he's got the cash. And I don't think Fisher will be able to negotiate a 'No Fire' clause in his contract either, lol! 

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:41 pm

Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

Wonderful Ross why not just pay the dead Tuna to come back instead of just picking up the pathetic trail of offspring he left in Dallas. First it was sTony Sporano and Ireland howd that work. Now you want to go for another guy from Dallas. How are they doing over there with this guy as a coach.
Not saying Fisher was the answer but it is time to clean hpuse of anything Parcells. should have started by firing Jeff Ireland before ha can blow another draft. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:45 pm

Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

Winner: Arizona Cardinals. Reports were that DC Horton "blew them away" during his Rams HC interview, and would probably have been in the mix if Fisher had gone to Miami. Instead, Horton's now pretty much guaranteed to stay in AZ and continue building a D that was impressive in the 2nd half of the season.

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