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Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:49 am
Edited on: January 17, 2012 1:02 pm
Fisher reportedly will make $7 million a year in St. Louis. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Rams will officially introduce Jeff Fisher as their new head coach in a 2 p.m. ET Tuesday press conference. After days of vacillating between the Miami and St. Louis jobs, Fisher settled on the Rams last Friday.

And now, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas, he's going to be well compensated, too.

"Before taking the podium for the first time at Rams Park, Fisher will sign a five-year contract believed to pay him around $7 million annually, easily making him the highest-paid coach in franchise history."

Thomas notes that it wasn't the $35 million over the life of the deal that enticed Fisher to take over a 2-14 team. It was his desire to have have the resources available to "put together a strong coaching staff, be active in free agency and have a strong personnel department."

Fisher's title isn't expected to include "vice president" -- just "head coach" -- which is probably for the best. Joe Gibbs, Mike Holmgren and Mike Shanahan are recent examples of coaches who struggled to also make personnel decisions. One decision Fisher will have to make: naming an offensive coordinator.

Reports earlier this week had former Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer as the front-runner, but ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweeted Tuesday that recently fired Raiders head coach Hue Jackson would also be interviewed for the job.

One thing that is for certain: Gregg Williams, Fisher's defensive coordinator in Tennessee, will be joining him in St. Louis.

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Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:23 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

The Jeff Fisher Titans were always in the bottom 3rd of payroll ever year he was there. They played in a division with Payton Manning in his prime and a very consistent and tough Jaguars team. And sill he managed to go to  a Super Bowl(and was one play away from Overtime). His tesm was Steve McNair Eddie George, Derrick Mason and the Freak. You call him overrated, I call hime doing alot with a little. Stan will spend money and this will be fishers team. I say he he will do a heck of job. And he wil bring toughness and discpline to a team that hasnt had it in 12 years.

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:55 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

Regardless of the poor records, only having 10 of 16 seasons under .500, isn't this what you would expect from a bottomfeader like the Rams. 
They went out and got Spagnuolo  who had no prior head coaching experience and it ended in two pitiful seaons and another bad one. 
When looking at this hire of Fisher it looks more like the Rams wanted to go for somebody with a lot of  experience and a "big name" rather than huge overall success in the past. Why not take a chance you can't get much worse, it's not like he is a bad coach, just a little overrated.
But also, who else where they going to get, its not like Bill Cowher or Marty Schottenheimer are going to come out of retirement for that job.  

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:29 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

Whoa..what is this contract based on? His zero Super Bowl wins? His four seasons (out of 16) with more than 10 wins? The playoff wins you can count on one hand? See, this is what we call NFL Stupid. A guy manages to keep a job for a long time (while never winning anything that matters) and morphs into a super coach of sorts. Reputation far exceeds history and ability. It's the Andy Reid Principle.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:19 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:55 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

Fisher lives a charmed life.

Seriously, what makes him a good coach, is it his ONLY 6 winning seasons out of 16 years as a head coach?  A 5-6 playoff record with 3 of those wins coming in 1 season?

Not too many coaches can be so mediocre and still be wanted.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:45 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

The Music City Miracle continues to pay big dividends.  I hope he's giving Frank Wychek a cut.

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:34 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

That a ways Fish...Take them for all you can..and continue to keep them in the celler...LOL

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:27 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

I always thought Fisher was a goog coach. Coaching for the Rams? What a bad choice.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:14 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL


Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:48 pm

Report: Fisher to sign 5-year, $35M deal with STL

I agree!  What is the appeal of a coach that had a winning record in only 6 of 16 seasons?????  .542 winning percentage and .455 in the playoffs.  Looks Like Fisher went fishing and landed a big fat contract.  Go ahead and hire Schottenheimer that is going to improve your win total.  Good Luck Rams fans.  You need it!!!!

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