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Jeff Fisher Legitimizes The St. Louis Rams (For The Moment)

Jeff Fisher! The St. Louis Rams! Finally happening, according to various and sundry reports! We don't know yet what he'll be doing, when, or for how long, but the Rams' ability to get their man is the first bit of legitimizing news around the benighted franchise since—well, since the last time they got their man, and drafted Sam Bradford. The question is how long it'll last.

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Fisher, for all his—tenure, isn't exactly Canton-bound as he stands. He's at the front of the line in the Tennessee Titans Hall of Fame, but if the Rams' troubles with Scott Linehan and Steve Spagnuolo are any indicator the Rams will be unwilling to grant him as much slack as those Oilers did at the beginning.

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Because legitimacy-by-experience is one of those things with an expiration date. If the Rams don't show signs of life in 2012, this hire gets contaminated by all the awfulness it's supposed to signal a clean break from. If Fisher turns things around in St. Louis, at least, he'll finally be deserving of the reputation he's gotten since the Rams' near-bidding-war with the Miami Dolphins began.

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