Since interviewing Jeff Fisher on Monday, the Miami Dolphins have been waiting patiently for Jeff Fisher to finish his interview process with the Rams….and for him to make his decision. On Friday, Adam Schefter reported that Fisher would make his choice between the Dolphins and Rams by early next week. Well, Howard Blazer of 101ESPN.com is reporting that Fisher is ‘on the verge’ of becoming the Rams next head coach. Fisher was said to be weighing both offers, but ultimately, according to sources close to Fisher, the Dolphins just couldn’t match the situation the Rams could. Yes, the Dolphins could offer more money, but the situation (QB, GM, etc) couldn’t compare.
Sadly, missing out on Fisher shows just how far the Dolphins franchise has fallen. The Dolphins can offer Fisher more money, better weather, no state income tax, and a better talent base (except for QB) than the Rams. Yet, it seems he has decided to become the Rams next coach. What does that say about the Dolphins front office (Ross, Peterson, Ireland)?
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It seems as though the Miami Dolphins might have to wait a little longer find out if Jeff Fisher is going to be their next coach. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Fisher will decide over the weekend if he will coach the Miami Dolphins or the St. Louis Rams. There is also the possibility that Fisher simply decides to take another year off from coaching.
We thought that Fisher’s decision would likely come next week. Hank Goldberg, longtime Dolphins personality, seemed to think the decision could come as early as today. The media seems split on which way that Fisher is leaning. The Dolphins want him badly…The Rams want him badly. BUT, both teams are taking steps to conduct their Coaching Search beyond Fisher, in case the miss out.
The Miami Dolphins and Dolphins fans have been waiting impatiently while Jeff Fisher has been interviewing with the St. Louis Rams. Fisher met with the Rams Thursday and left Denver (where they were meeting) on Thursday night. Some reports indicate that he could head to Tampa Bay next to speak with them about their head coaching job….some say it’s down to the Rams and Dolphins.
According to a number of sources, Fisher is expected to make his decision by early next week, perhaps even as early as this weekend. So, be patient Dolphins fans, we should know if Jeff Fisher will be the next coach of the Dolphins soon. Actually, according to Sid Rosenberg’s ‘source’, Fisher will end up as the Dolphins Head Coach. Take that for what it’s worth…for now.
The Miami Dolphins didn’t have much luck winning during the 2011 season. However, the Dolphins seem intent on not losing the coach they want, Jeff Fisher. And, according to Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports, Fisher came away with a very positive impression of the Dolphins organization. I encourage you to read the report linked above as it gives a more detailed account of what transpired yesterday and about Fisher’s thinking. This report comes a midst various media outlets saying that Fisher to the Rams is all but a done deal. According to Silver, Fisher is not sold on Sam Bradford as the Rams franchise QB. It’s also not believed to be a big sticking point for Fisher, if a franchise QB is not in place…Does Matt Moore count?
What is important to Fisher is how the organization is structured. Carl Peterson will reportedly become the Dolphins President if Fisher is named Head Coach and Fisher is thought to be willing to work with Peterson. While the Rams can offer the organizational structure that Fisher can dictate, it’s not believe to be a sticking point in possibly joining the Dolphins. The Rams do not have a GM so Fisher would be able to influence who that individual is. The big question in Miami would be whether or not Fisher would be willing to work with Jeff Ireland.
If there’s one thing the Miami Dolphins are not, it’s boring. Apparently, for the second straight offseason, the Dolphins seem to be going about their coaching search….let’s just say in an ‘abnormal’ way. According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Dolphins are currently conducting parallel coaching searches run by 2 different men. One of those men is employed by the Dolphins…the other, to the best of our knowledge, is not.
According to LaCanfora, Carl Peterson, longtime friend of Stephen Ross, is doing the Dolphins sales pitch for Jeff Fisher (and potentially Jim Haslett down the road). This is interesting because Peterson…you know….ISN’T A MEMBER OF THE DOLPHINS ORGANIZATION! LaCanfora also reports that it was Peterson that reached out to Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher. Gruden and Cowher both told the Dolphins they had no interest. So, it appears the Peterson is talking to the higher profile coaches, yet is not formally a member of the organization. However, IF, Fisher decides to come to Miami, LaCanfora says that Peterson will sign on as Dolphins team president.
As I type this post, the Miami Dolphins are conducting their second interview of their coaching search. The Dolphins in the process of interviewing Jeff Fisher according to Adam Schefter of ESPN:
@AdamSchefter Jeff Fisher interviewing with the Dolphins today. Arrived in a helicopter with Stephen Ross.
Last year, the Dolphins owner flew across the country on his private plane to interview Jim Harbaugh. Now? He’s taking the Bat-copter out for a spin to pick up Jeff Fisher. As we said yesterday, Fisher will be interviewing the Dolphins as much as they will be interviewing him. He has a lot of landing spots, including the favorite, St. Louis. Please, please, please don’t get too excited if you want Fisher in Miami….He could be using this first interview as leverage against another team (eh hem, the Rams). Imagine if Stephen Ross tells Fisher that he’ll pay him $8 mil per season. Fisher says he wants a few days to think it over, and gets on a plane and heads to St. Louis for his next interview. He walks into his interview with an $8 mil offer on the table already. Won’t that help his leverage?
The Miami Dolphins may not have gotten off to a fast start in the 2011 NFL season, but the Dolphins are off to a fast start in the 2012 offseason. On Monday, the Dolphins conducted their first head coaching interview and made arrangements for 2 other candidates to come in.
Todd Bowles, the Dolphins interim head coach after Tony Sparano was fired, officially interviewed for Sparano’s old job. While Bowles did a good job, leading the Dolphins to a 2-1 record, he is a long shot at best, to end up as the Dolphins choice. What Bowles interview does, however, is sets up the Dolphins to strike quickly once they find the coach they DO want. Interviewing Bowles means that the Dolphins have now complied with the NFL’s Rooney Rule and can hire any candidate they see fit from here on out. The Rooney Rule, for those of you that aren’t aware, is the NFL rule that mandates that every Head Coaching search must include at least 1 minority candidate interview.
The Miami Dolphins season may have ended with an exciting win over the Jets. BUT, the excitement around the Dolphins is just getting started. Today is officially the start of the Miami Dolphins offseason that will be filled with rumors and speculation regarding their next head coach and a probable QB search.
The Dolphins currently have a void at head coach that they must fill. While we expect interim coach, Todd Bowles to get an interview, we do not expect him to get the job. More likely, the Dolphins will look to bring in a big name coach. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Dolphins will interview Jeff Fisher in the coming days. This is good news for the Dolphins…BUT, Schefter is also reporting that Fisher will interview with the Tampa Bay Bucs. It’s also believed that the Colts will look to bring Fisher in. The big question is how attractive is the Dolphins job to candidates like Fisher? There are coaching openings in St Louis, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, and Kansas City. There is also the thought that San Diego could soon fire Norv Turner.
Within the span of the next week, the Miami Dolphins will have played their final game of 2011 and will already have begun making preparations for 2012 and beyond. The Dolphins have a lot of big decisions on the horizon that will play a huge part in the direction the team heads. But before those decisions are made, there is some work left to do on the football field on Sunday.
Actually, before Sunday’s game, there will be an organized fan protest against Jeff Ireland. And by protest we mean there will be a huge airplane carrying a sign that reads: “Mr Ross, Save our Dolphins, Fire Jeff Ireland”. The plane will fly for 2 hours before the game kicks off. So if you’re there, look up!
Then the game will kick off and it will be the Dolphins, playing for pride, against the Jets, playing for playoff hope. The Dolphins will have extra motivation for this game, as it will be the last for an all time great Dolphin, Jason Taylor. Taylor is loved and respected in the locker room and his Dolphins teammates will want nothing more than to send JT out on a high note, by crushing the Jets playoff dreams. As you know, the Jets not only need to beat the Dolphins, but they need help from 3 other NFL cities (Bengals loss, Titans loss, and a loss by the Broncos or Raiders).