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Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:02 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 7:03 pm
Miami owner Stephen Ross says next coach 'with something to prove is going to be better' than Fisher. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

It took a while, but Jeff Fisher finally made a decision Friday, choosing the Rams over the Dolphins as his next head-coaching destination.

Miami owner Stephen Ross has now lost out on his top candidate two years running. Last offseason, Jim Harbaugh opted to say in the Bay Area instead of moving to South Beach, and the 49ers, 13-3 and division champs during the regular season, are still in the playoffs. But Ross says he's "not discouraged at all" by the latest snub.

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“I have mixed feelings [about Fisher choosing St. Louis over Miami],” Ross told the Sun Sentinel's Dave Hyde. “But I feel very confident we’ll find the best man for this organization. I feel very good about it. I’m not discouraged at all.”

Also worth pointing out: the Dolphins don't have a 1a) after Fisher. It's not quite back-to-the-drawing board time, but there aren't any big names on the list, either. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just the reality in Miami right now.

The club released a statement Friday afternoon admitting what everyone already knew ("We did have conversations with Jeff Fisher about becoming the head coach of the Dolphins.") before trying to assuage fans' concerns about the team's immediate future ("We are excited about those people under consideration, and we are confident that the individual we eventually select will be the right person to lead this football team.”) Rapid Reporter Chris Perkins provides details:

"Miami’s next head coach could come from a group of interviewees that includes Todd Bowles, the interim coach; Dave Toub, Chicago’s special teams coach; and Joe Philbin, Green Bay’s offensive coordinator. It’s conceivable Miami could extend its coaching search beyond its interviewees. Mike Mularkey accepted the Jacksonville job."

Perkins adds: "Interestingly, all the former full-time Miami coaches that aren’t retired have relatively high-profile jobs. Tony Sparano was recently named the New York Jets’ offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. is Baltimore’s offensive coordinator, Nick Saban just won a national title with Alabama, and Dave Wannstedt is Buffalo’s defensive coordinator. Don Shula and Jimmy Johnson are retired and aren't coming back to coaching."

Not to worry, though. The owner of a team that has made one playoff appearance since 2002, and last won a playoff game in 2000 feels good about the franchise's future.

"It's funny, in the back of my mind, I've really believed you go with people who have something to prove and are younger. That's how I've always worked in my business. I was always fighting that idea in my mind while I was talking to (Fisher). Something told me if I get someone like him with that experience it'd be good. At the same time, I don't feel lost. I believe someone really good who has something to prove is going to be better."

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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:33 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

good for him. the guy is the owner, if he wants a separation betwen coach and who gets the players so be it. usually the teams that win have a good gm and that is his only job. sometimes guys think they can pick better players to coach, but usually they cant. the dolphins can get somebody better than fisher. a coach has to get usually they are different than the okd coach had. the players have to get used to the new philosophy. why the coach has the job is because the team is bad, and it will take time.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:31 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

I've been a Fins Fan since 1971. Add this one to the list of what might have been. Ever since the Dolphins brain trust chose Daunte Caulpepper over Drew Brees it's been down hill. That mistake is just as bad as the Dodgers trading away Pedro Martinez to the Montreal Expos in MLB years ago. I have one question ? Was Jeff Ireland the GM back then that is making the same mistakes by NOT giving Jeff Fisher the keys to the Fish Pond ? 
I do not want to quit on the Dolphins but these decisions are constant and we will never get better. Please bring back the days of Joe Robbie - Don Shula , Dan Marino. IM DONE Cry with this team......................

Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:24 am

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

Ross is an "fish" out of water and has no business running a football team, or any team for that matter. He got totally lucky, right place right time, in the real estate business that any has been could have made given the starting capital he had. Please give the team back to Huzinga as he at least doesn't get booed in his own stadium.

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:31 pm

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

 I was thinking same thing. He is good fit and after tragic loss of son in GB sure he wouldnt mind a change of scenery so he doesn't have to look at river that claimed his son. That's  a sad story.  Trust me ur Owner is right & Fins did not lose out.....
 13 yrs watch Fisher footbal got real old and boring.  Good luck

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:07 pm

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

two words 'joe philbin

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