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Jeff Fisher Could Accept Dolphins' Head Coaching Job On Wednesday, According To Report

Former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher is nearing a decision on what his coaching future will entail, and it appears that he'll be choosing the Miami Dolphins, according to Michael Lombardi of NFL.com. Fisher had previously limited his options down to just the Dolphins and the St. Louis Rams, but it appears that he'll be choosing to join the former.

With Fisher refusing to commit until now, the Rams have continued to seek out possible alternatives should Fisher choose to go to Miami. With that possibility now looking more like a reality, St. Louis will have to look in a different direction as it tries to find a new head coach.

One of Lombardi's sources reiterated one of Fisher's possible concerns with St. Louis, and that's the team's possible relocation to Los Angeles. Lombardi adds that Fisher could announce his decision as soon as Wednesday, so we could have an official announcement on the matter pretty soon.

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Jeff Fisher Leaves St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins Hanging; High-Five Hands Nearly Asleep

It's increasingly difficult to follow the St. Louis Rams' extended courtship with Jeff Fisher, which the 24-hour news cycle has successfully distorted to near-irrelevance. Late last week Fisher seemed nearly certain to be the new head coach of the Rams; now, as Ryan Van Bibber aggregates, the Miami Dolphins look to be all the way back into this—despite the continued impression of the NFL at large that the former Tennessee Titans coach will make his decision this very week.

For another few days, then, Dolphins and Rams fans will have to wait to figure out what their foundering franchises will look like in 2012.

In the Rams' favor: they have the second overall pick in the draft and their franchise quarterback and a veteran running back that Jeff Fisher could run all the way into the ground. In the Dolphins' favor: They play in Miami, they won six games in 2011, and they got nice seasons from Matt Moore and Reggie Bush, even if those guys aren't quite Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson.

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Jeff Fisher Pegs St. Louis Rams' Los Angeles Problem As Coaching Decision Nears

The St. Louis Rams look closer than ever to selecting Jeff Fisher as their next head coach, but the former Houston Oilers coach might have done more to ingratiate Rams fans than his coaching record ever could when Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch tweeted about his concerns over the Rams' potential move back to Los Angeles. Finally, a head coach who is as terrified of the Rams' medium-term future in St. Louis as St. Louisans are!

Unfortunately for Fisher and Rams fans, the coaching job doesn't come with the ability to renegotiate the Rams' lease at the Edward Jones Dome, or roll back the decades of absurd public-funding largesse that have cost the EJD nearly all of its value as a professional football stadium in less than 20 years. The St. Louis Rams might or might not have a future in Missouri, no matter who signs on to replace Steve Spagnuolo as head coach. But it's looking increasingly unlikely that these concerns, for all their obvious legitimacy, will keep Fisher from joining the Los Angeles Titans in 2012.

Or maybe I've already said too much?

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St. Louis Rams To Hire Jeff Fisher As Head Coach, According To Report

The St. Louis Rams will hire former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher to be the team's next head coach, according to Michael Hiestand of USA Today. Referencing a report from Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Rams will apparently announce Fisher's hiring some time over the next 24 to 48 hours.


More: Possible Move To LA May Be Only Hangup In St. Louis Rams' Hiring of Jeff Fisher

Fisher, 53, spent 17 years as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans before agreeing to leave the team in January of 2011. His teams posted a combined record of 142-120 over those 17 seasons, including six postseason appearances and one Super Bowl appearance.

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Jeff Fisher Update: Possible Move To LA Is Only Hangup In Deal Between Fisher, St. Louis Rams

It appears that the only possible hangup between the St. Louis Rams hiring Jeff Fisher to be their new head coach is the team's possible move to Los Angeles in the near future, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Rams have long been rumored as a potential option for the city of Los Angeles, which has gone years without an NFL team despite being one of the largest markets in the United States.

Fisher, the former longtime head coach with the Tennessee Titans, parted ways with his former team in January of 2011. He spent 17 seasons at the helm in Tennessee, guiding the Titans to a 142-120 overall record, six postseason appearances and one Super Bowl appearance. He only interviewed with two teams this winter, the Rams and the Miami Dolphins, even though there are numerous other coaching vacancies in the league at the moment.

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Rams General Manager Search: Cardinal's Steve Keim Targeted; Baltimore's Eric DeCosta Staying Put

The search for the new St. Louis Rams General Manager continued Friday, as the Rams front office brass has asked permission to speak with Arizona Cardinals Director of Personnel, Steve Keim. According to Mike Jurecki, a talk show host and report for Phoenix's XTRA 910, Keim has been with the Cardinals for 13 years.

Here's what SB Nation Arizona has to say about Keim:

"Keim is widely regarded as one of the best in the business," says Scott Coleman, "and it is not surprising to see the Rams show interest. Formerly the Cardinals scout in the east, Keim was promoted to the title of Director, College Scouting in June, 2006 and was promoted again to his current title of Director, Player Personnel in May, 2008. In his current role, Keim coordinates the activities of both the college and pro scouting departments."

Meanwhile, a former GM target for the Rams, Baltimore Raven's play of personal director, Eric DeCosta has decided to stay put.

"Since this franchise started in 1996, we've established a strong history of retaining our most important executives, players, coaches and personnel experts," Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said in a statement.

"Eric, who has had opportunities to interview with other teams recently and over the years, is another one we want to keep and will keep. He has chosen to stay with the Ravens, and we're excited that he will. He is a most valuable asset and will continue to help us win championships."

SI.com's Peter King believes it was a smart move by DeCosta, who's expected to take over the operations of the Raven's once Newsome retires.

"The grass isn't always greener on the other side," said King.

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Rams Coaching Search: Jeff Fisher Will Decided St. Louis Or Miami By Next Week, According To Report

Former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher told ESPN.com's Adam Schefter Friday that he will take either the St. Louis Rams or Miami Dolphins head coach jobs and his decision will be made sometime next week. The report comes just a day after Fisher, who's the Rams' top target, met with the front office brass on Thursday. Fisher reportedly meet with the Miami on Tuesday.


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St. Louis also is interested in Miami's interim head coach Todd Bowles, however, Fisher is the Rams top target. Before being let go at the end of last season, Fisher had been the head coach for the Houston Oilers/Titans organization for 16 seasons.

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Josh McDaniels Allowed By Rams To Pursue Other Jobs, According To Report

St. Louis Rams front office will not hold current Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels to his current contract and will allow him to leave if he'd like to, SI.com's Peter King reported Friday via Twitter. King's report came shortly after Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the New England Patriots reached out to the Rams to talk with McDaniels.


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McDaniels, who was allowed to keep his job after the firing of Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo, served as the Patriots OC from 2006-08 and could replace current Patriots' OC, Bill O'Brien, who's in the process of becoming the new head coach of Penn State University.

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Rams General Manager Search: Ryan Grigso Of Philadelphia Will Interview For St. Louis Job

In a search for a new head coach and General Manager the St. Louis Rams looking pretty much everywhere, and according to ESPN's Adam Schefter via Twitter the Rams are now asking permission to speak with Philadelphia Eagles director of player personnel Ryan Grigso.

CBSSports.com's NFL Draft Blog written by Rob Rang says this about Grigso, who used to work for the Rams:

"(Grigso) fits the mold Rams owner Stan Kroenke said he envisioned as a young, up-and-coming evaluator to pair with a veteran coach.

"His time with the Rams overlapped with Bears coach Lovie Smith and Grigson fondly recalled working to find the kind of defensive players Smith, then defensive coordinator for the Rams, was after -- guys who could run and guys who could create turnovers."

On Thursday, it was reported that the St. Louis brass also asked permission to speak with the Eric DeCosta, who's the director of player personnel of the Baltimore Ravens.

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Rams General Manager Search: Eric DeCosta Of Baltimore Is GM Target For St. Louis

The St. Louis Rams General Manger Search continued Wednesday, as the Rams front office brass asked permission to speak with Baltimore Raven's director of player personnel Eric DeCosta. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, DeCosta is the second-hand man to Raven's GM Ozzie Newsome and is also being persuaded by the Indianapolis Colts, who fired their GM Bill Polian just a few days ago.

"DeCosta is an original member of the Ravens organization," says Florio. "He served as director of college scouting before becoming director of player personnel in 2009. In DeCosta’s first draft as director of college scouting in 2003, the Ravens picked linebacker Terrell Suggs."

Currently, the Rams hold the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and the search for the right GM is very important in the revival of a franchise that has picked in the top two in the two of the past three seasons.

Stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the St. Louis Rams be sure to visit Turf Show Times. Visit SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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GM Bill Devaney Fired By Rams, According To Report

The St. Louis Rams have officially cleaned house. Less than an hour after firing head coach Steve Spagnuolo, the Rams informed general manager Bill Devaney that he was also being relieved of his duties with the team, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Devaney was the Rams' general manager for four years, and he was with the organization as Executive Vice President of Player Personnel before that.

Devaney's tenure as GM features some hits and misses, but ultimately he was judged by the team's unseemly win-loss record under head coach Steve Spagnuolo, who was Devaney's major hire as general manager. Devaney drafted QB Sam Bradford and OT Rodger Saffold, and he also snatched Brandon Lloyd from the Broncos for a seventh round pick, but he was unable to generate any defensive stars or return the offense's production to anything close to the vaunted Greatest Show on Turf.

Stay tuned to Turf Show Times, SB Nation's St. Louis Rams blog, for all the latest updates on the upcoming coaching search.


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Steve Spagnuolo Fired By St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo early Monday morning, wasting little time getting to what has been considered inevitable for weeks. The firing was reported first on Monday by Fox's Jay Glazer and confirmed later by local sources. Despite a report late Sunday night that both Spagnuolo and GM Bill Devaney were going to be let go, there has been no official word yet on the fate of Devaney.

Spagnuolo will leave the Rams having gone 10-38 as the team's head coach. In 2010, the team went 7-9 and narrowly missed the playoffs, but that season was sandwiched by ones in which the Rams finished 1-15 and 2-14. The 2011 season was especially disappointing, with the Rams widely considered to be the favorites to win the NFC West.

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The St. Louis Rams Will And Should Fire Steve Spagnuolo and Billy Devaney

Coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney sealed their fate with another St. Louis Rams loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The sooner they exit, the sooner STL can start work on saving their franchise.

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