Reports: Jeff Fisher accepts job as St. Louis head coach

Friday, January 13, 2012 at 12:24pm

Jeff Fisher is the head coach of the St. Louis Rams, according to an ESPN.com report.

With his return to coaching, Fisher has an opportunity to become the fifth man to lead two different franchises to the Super Bowl.

Dick Vermeil lost in his only appearance with the Philadelphia Eagles (Super Bowl XV) but 19 years later coached the Rams to a 23-16 victory over Fisher and the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Don Shula lost Super Bowl III with the Baltimore Colts but won twice in five subsequent trips as coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Coincidentally, Fisher had offers from both the Rams and the Miami Dolphins, according to numerous reports.

The others who did it were Mike Holmgren, who was 1-1 with Green Bay and lost in his return with Seattle, and Dan Reeves, who lost three times with Denver and then again with Atlanta.

The trend this offseason has been for teams to hire coaches who have been in that position previously, even if they were not terribly successful.

In recent days Kansas City stuck with Romeo Crennel, its interim coach for the final three games of the season, and Jacksonville hired Mike Mularkey. Crennel was 24-40 in four seasons with Cleveland (2005-08) . Mularkey was 14-18 in two seasons as head coach with Buffalo (2004-05).

Their experience pales in comparison to Fisher’s, the all-time winningest coach in Oilers/Titans history. He went 147-126 (a .538 winning percentage) in 16-plus seasons beginning with the final six contests of 1994.

He is the only coach to take the Oilers/Titans to the Super Bowl but has not had a playoff victory since 2003. His all-time playoff record with Tennessee was 5-6.

He replaces Steve Spagnuo, who was 10-38 in three seasons, including 2-14 this season.

The Rams also are in search of a general manager. They interviewed current Titans vice president of football operations Lake Dawon on Tuesday.

Fisher and Dawson worked together for four years with the Titans before Fisher was fired nearly a year ago.
 

8 Comments on this post:

By: cmarcus45 on 1/13/12 at 1:46

Correction: Fisher was not fired by the Titans. It was a mutual parting of ways.

By: RTungsten on 1/13/12 at 2:17

I'd drive up to St. Louis to see his new team before I'd pay to see the Titans.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/13/12 at 4:08

Jeff Fisher will only be sorry for the rest of his life he took this job. St.Louis is part of the same food chain that Bud Adams nourishes his body. It does have one thing going for it. The fans are mostly blue collar and pretty much oblivious to who and what eats ahead of winning championships and playoff victories.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/13/12 at 4:08

Jeff Fisher will only be sorry for the rest of his life he took this job. St.Louis is part of the same food chain that Bud Adams nourishes his body. It does have one thing going for it. The fans are mostly blue collar and pretty much oblivious to who and what eats ahead of winning championships and playoff victories.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/13/12 at 4:08

Jeff Fisher will only be sorry for the rest of his life he took this job. St.Louis is part of the same food chain that Bud Adams nourishes his body. It does have one thing going for it. The fans are mostly blue collar and pretty much oblivious to who and what eats ahead of winning championships and playoff victories.

By: Blip on 1/13/12 at 8:30

I admire Jeff Fisher. He will do his best. I hope he has fun doing it.

By: dva56 on 1/13/12 at 8:51

Congratulations Rams fans. You have taken a step up from futility to mediocrity. Within the next few years you will learn the true meaning of 3 yards and a cloud of dust.

By: Just Sayin on 1/14/12 at 10:58

Just Sayin, Jeff Fisher is no Mike Holmgren nor Dan Reeves, so to the Ram's fans I say lots of LUCK.