Not Jon Gruden, who’s contractually committed to ESPN and his peers on Monday Night Football. Not Bill Cowher, who’s apparently content with his cushy studio gig at CBS. Not even Brian Billick, who already pulled himself out of the running for at least one job.
It’s Fisher, the man who spent 15 years prowling the sidelines in Tennessee, and now wants to return to the NFL.
With a possible five teams in the market for a new coach, Fisher will essentially get to handpick his next residence. It appears he’s chosen the Midwest.
Kevin Acee, who covers the Chargers for the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports that Fisher becoming the Rams’ next coach “is all but certain” to happen. Acee also knows for “fact” that Chargers GM A.J. Smith, if he became available, would be the front-runner to take over the same position in St. Louis.
The Rams, following a 2-14 finish this season, cleaned house Monday morning, firing GM Billy Devaney and head coach Steve Spagnuolo.
So, the need is there, and it’d be a great reunion two longtime friends, but there’s just one snag: Smith may be safe with the Bolts, who now appear resigned to hang onto he and HC Norv Turner.
In all likelihood, Fisher, if the interest is genuine, would still be hired by the Rams, and rather quickly if he’s indeed the frontrunner. He has other potential suitors in the Dolphins, Bucs, and (possibly) Colts, but Fisher is said to be seeking a franchise that already has a long-term quarterback in place.
The Rams do, and will get the first crack at luring the soon-to-be 54 year-old to the Gateway City.
It’s all speculation for now, but Acee is well-connected within the league, so his word is usually trustworthy. If that’s the case with in this instance, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Fisher could be introduced sometime in the coming days.
Sorry, Fred Taylor.