When it comes to choosing his next home, Jeff Fisher, the big fish in a small pond of coaching commodities, prefers to take his time. From all accounts, what’s hindering the decision is the ultimate dilemma: money vs. power.
It seems Fisher is moving closer to making up his mind, and will go with the latter — a permanent place of residence in the Gateway City.
Citing sources close to the former Titans coach, Howard Balzer, of 101 ESPN St. Louis, reports that Fisher “is on the verge” of becoming the Rams’ next head coach.
Balzer warns that “the decision is not final,” but Fisher likes the Rams’ “potential” and win-now ability.
Earlier on Friday, Fisher said he’s narrowed his search down to two-teams, with the Dolphins being the other horse in the race. He’s expected to decide sometime next week, though it “could even be sooner.”
Fisher has previously acknowledged that he’d prefer to have a franchise quarterback already in place to work with, and St. Louis has this in Sam Bradford. At least, they have more semblance of one than the Dolphins, who may go fishing for Robert Griffin III in April.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has already gone on record saying he’ll pay whatever it costs to secure Fisher’s services. He’d easily outbid the Rams, who aren’t well known as a franchise with an open checkbook.
What St. Louis does have to offer, however, is control. Control over the personnel decisions, and likely significant say when it comes time to pick the team’s new general manager. With a quick-triggered owner in Ross and a GM whose job is hanging on by a thread, Miami wouldn’t possess the same amenities.