Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers some details on the St. Louis Rams reeling in a big fish by landing Jeff Fisher as their new head coach in a tug-o-war with Miami.
Fisher’s hire in St. Louis raises the stature of coaches in the NFC West, joining a group that includes Pete Carroll in Seattle, Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco and Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona.
Fisher is expected to make about $7 million a year, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the league. It’s expected that Fisher will have a similar setup in terms of structure as Pete Carroll has in Seattle, with final say over all personnel matters and a similar title of executive vice president-head coach that he had in Tennessee.
Former Seahawks personnel man and Federal Way native Lake Dawson is expected to have the inside track to become the Rams new general manager. Dawson currently serves as vice president of football operations in Tennessee, and is familiar with Fisher from his time with the Titans.
New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams also is rumored to be joining Fisher in St. Louis. Williams served as Fisher’s defensive coordinator in Tennessee from 1997 to 2000.
ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his thoughts on what Fisher landing in St. Louis means to the rest of the NFC West.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports offers a pretty good primer on the four playoff games this weekend.
Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders puts Seattle’s Earl Thomas on his All-Pro team. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes the FCC may move to end NFL blackouts.
Los Angeles Times’ columnist Bill Plaschke takes former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora to task for hiring Sal Alosi as his strength coach, the same guy fined by the NFL for tripping a player during a punt return while serving in the same position for the N.Y. Jets two years ago. Looks like Mora still has a thing for dirtbags.