Jeff Fisher will be the St. Louis Rams next head coach.
The Rams already have a franchise quarterback in place with Sam Bradford. Yes this year was brutal, but that will be put behind him. The kid has a bright future still.
Especially when the rams trade the #2 overall pick to a team hungry for Robert Griffin III, landing them a Ricky Williams/Hershel Walker type trade. The Rams could potentially pile up a host of picks, while still remaining in the top 10 of this years draft. Depending on how the chips fall, they could still have a shot at stud receivers Justin Blackmon or Alshon Jeffrey. Worst case scenario, they drop to the middle or second half of the draft and still land Notre Dame's Michael Floyd.
Additionally, unlike the Dolphins, the rams already run a 4-3 style defense with two defensive ends they could build their future around. Chris long has had his best season of his young career and we should expect Robert Quinn to have a huge impact now that his first season back on the football field is under his belt. This would be a great setup for Fisher to lure Jim Washburn from Philadelphia, into a defensive coordinator role, employing the same wide 9 system that he ran in Tennessee for so long.
We also know that Fisher loves to have a balanced attack on offense, that leans on it's running game. With a healthy Steven Jackson and Jerious Norwood, this team could have a very capable running game in place, until they can find their future back.
All in all, the Dolphins will be willing to pay more, but Fisher will be headed to St. Louis.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Posted by Michael David Smith on January 6, 2012, 12:36 PM EST
This year’s most sought-after head-coaching candidate says he’ll announce where he’ll spend 2012 next week.
Jeff Fisher, who has interviewed with the Dolphins and Rams, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he will make his decision next week.
Fisher confirmed that he’s considering only the Rams and the Dolphins. It’s not clear whether he has decided for sure to coach and is deciding only which of those two teams he wants to coach, or if he’s also considering taking another year off from coaching.
By making it public that his decision is coming next week, Fisher is giving the owners of the Rams and Dolphins another week to engage in a bidding war for his services. A week from now, we’ll know who won.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 3:09 PM
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 6, 2012, 11:34 AM EST
Mike Tice is moving on up.
Jay Glazer of FOX reports Tice, the Bears’ offensive line coach,will be promoted to offensive coordinator for the first time in his career. Glazer’s news comes directly on the heels of news that Tice would “interview” for the job, but it sounds like the decision has already been made.
Glazer rights that Tice will be paired with a “passing game” coach, with Tice in charge of the running game and holding the coordinator title. Tice will call the plays. The Bears reportedly want a “ground-based” approach which sounds like good news for Matt Forte.
It was believed that Tice gained more influence last season at the expense of former coordinator Mike Martz. He’s never been a coordinator, but the Bears blocked his chance to interview for a coordinator’s job in Tennessee last year.
That move indicated they had bigger plans for Tice. Now they are making it happen.
UPDATE 11:40 a.m. ET: The Bears officially confirmed the news.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 3:08 PM
Posted by Josh Alper on January 6, 2012, 12:49 PM EST
Three days after losing to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl, Virginia Tech running back David Wilson announced that he’ll be entering the NFL Draft this year.
Wilson made the announcement at a press conference in Blacksburg on Friday afternoon with Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer standing by his side. Andy Bitter of theVirginian-Pilot was at the announcement and reports that Wilson was given a second round grade by the NFL draft advisory board and that Wilson said he hopes to improve upon that standing with strong work at the combine.
Wilson ran for 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns during his junior season and was named second team All-American. Wilson also fumbled seven times, a concern he’ll likely have to address with NFL teams if he hopes to move into the first round come April.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 3:06 PM
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 6, 2012, 10:58 AM EST
The Steelers have a playoff game in Denver Sunday, but the team’s thoughts may be elsewhere in the coming days.
Running backs coach Kirby Wilson, 50, was “badly burned” in a house fire early Friday morning according to Channel 11 in Pittsburgh. The cause of the fire is unknown.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Kirby and his entire family,” Steelers President Art Rooney said in a statement. “We are saddened to hear about this unfortunate situation but we know that he has the best medical care in the country treating him. The entire organization is praying for Kirby to have a full recovery and we will be by his side through this difficult time.”
We wish Wilson and his family all the best during this time and hope for a speedy recovery. Wilson is in his fifth year as Steelers running backs coach.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 11:26 AM
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 6, 2012, 10:04 AM EST
The Rams still have Josh McDaniels under contract. They want him available should the team’s next head coach want to keep McDaniels on as offensive coordinator.
If Jeff Fisher was hired, it’s hard to imagine McDaniels sticking around. And he’s already received interest from a few of his previous bosses.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 11:25 AM
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 6, 2012, 8:23 AM EST
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 11:23 AM
Posted by Josh Alper on January 6, 2012, 8:18 AM EST
A look at interim head coach Todd Bowles’ role in the Dolphins’ search for a permanent head coach.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 8:53 AM
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 5, 2012, 7:19 PM EST
The Chargers won’t be going after any big names at defensive coordinator.
The team announced Thursday that linebackers coach John Pagano was promoted to defensive coordinator. He’s been with the organization for a decade.
Pagano called the promotion “bittersweet” because he considers deposed defensive coordinator Greg Manusky a “mentor” in the business.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 7:27 AM
Posted by Michael David Smith on January 5, 2012, 7:28 PM EST
A second quarterback who could have been a first-round draft pick in 2012 has decided to wait until 2013.
Oklahoma’s Landry Jones announced today that he will return to school next season rather than enter the 2012 NFL draft. Jones joins USC’s Matt Barkley as a highly rated quarterback who decided to stay in the NCAA for another year.
The player who benefits the most from Jones and Barkley staying in school may be Baylor’s Robert Griffen III, who will almost certainly be the second quarterback off the board in April. Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill will also benefit from Jones and Barkley staying in school; Tannehill now looks like the No. 3 quarterback in the draft. Stanford’s Andrew Luck is widely regarded as the top prospect.
Another Oklahoma player, defensive end Ronnell Lewis, announced today that he’s entering the draft.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 7:12 AM