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Tuesday’s Coaching Rumors: Jeff Fisher & Todd Bowles

The Rams coaching search is getting into high gear this week, but the rumors are coming out of St. Louis at a much slower pace.  Let’s take a look at today’s information.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports, who always has the best sources says that the Dolphins have the upper hand in hiring Jeff Fisher.  Well, that makes sense considering the wining and dining plus helicopter ride they took Jeff Fisher on yesterday.  Also, the fact that the Rams have not even interviewed Jeff Fisher yet.  So, the idea of upper-handedness makes sense considering the Rams haven’t even made their pitch yet.

And yet, it reportedly gets worse for the fans of the St. Louis Rams per Silver again:

Fisher, who spent much of 2011 season watching NFL game tapes…Contrary to some reports, he is not 100-percent sold on the Rams’ Sam Bradford as a franchise quarterback, either.

Allow me to play the Devil’s Advocate again.  Are ANY of us 100% sold that Sam Bradford is a franchise quarterback?  Maybe 80%, maybe even 99% – but 100% is an awful lot of commitment for someone (like us) who has only watched Bradford on TV.  Especially if Fisher only watched 2011 game tape!

Am I saying that Mike Silver is lying, or that he sources are wrong?  No, but this seems a lot like a power play from Jeff Fisher’s camp to leverage the St. Louis Rams to get more money or more power from the organization.  Is it wrong?  No, probably not, but there are a lot of different ways that words can be used.

The Rams will have a chance with a two-day interview in St. Louis (per Silver’s article again – just read the whole thing!) today and tomorrow and we will see how good of a salesman Stan Kroenke really is.  He obviously is really interested in hiring Jeff Fisher.  Let’s see if he can make him an offer he can’t refuse.

In other news, the Rams are also interviewing another Miami connection in Miami interim head coach Todd Bowles per Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Bowles did a commendable job with Miami after the ouster of Tony Sparano, getting the Dolphins playing hard and giving every team their best shot.  Bowles, who is black, would satisfy the “Rooney Rule”, so there is no question that Bowles will get an interview with the Rams.  Bowles has already interviewed with Miami for their permanent head coaching position.

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