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Morning links: Fisher lands in St. Louis

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 14, 2012 at 9:17 am with 36 Comments »
January 14, 2012 9:17 am
In this Aug. 10, 2011, file photo, former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher watch the Detroit Lions practice at NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich. A person familiar with the decision says Jeff Fisher has accepted an offer to coach the St. Louis Rams. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, on condition of anonymity because the hiring hadn't been announced. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

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.

Dawson already has interviewed for the position.

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.

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  1. It looks like we’re headed back to the days of the mid-1980s when we were in a pretty competitive division. At least this time around it’s a little easier to make the play-offs (since there’s more play-off teams these days).

  2. piperfeltcher says:

    Fisher is a good coach he will improve the Rams I wish he went to Miami. The Dolphin’s used to be one of those organizations that were a lot of coaches dream jobs and now no reputable coach will go there they are a mess.
    I agree Bobby the division is looking a lot stronger which blows as I did not have a problem with the Hawks winning a weak division every year.

  3. piperfeltcher says:

    It sounds like Lake Dawson will be the new GM in St.Louis. He has experience with Fisher from his playing days in Tenn..
    Looking over the free agent list for this year and there is a lot of younger talent in this group as compared to most years. This looks like the strongest free agent group in years and the strongest draft in a long time . I would expect that the teams who make the right moves this offseason will be the teams on top for the next few years.

  4. Ewalters7354 says:

    I just seen that Larry Grant is gonna be a free agent.I would definitely welcome that signing as an upgrade over Heater.

  5. Hilarious and scary how much Fisher looks like my dad.

    Maybe it is, and he’s hid it from me all these years…

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Good hire for St Louis. And the better the other teams in the division are, the better the Seahawks will have to be. Good.

  7. we will be the NFC best in the near future!

  8. anyone else got some mixed feelings watching this Niners-Saints game?

    I don’t want the Niners to win and feel too good about themselves going forward against us and the rest of the division next year; on the other hand I kind of want them to win respect for the NFC West.

    Hope we can draft an Aldon Smith in this draft . . .

  9. JazBadAzz says:

    Fisher aint that good, he had some decent seasons but overall it hasbeen average for him. He has benefitted from great coordinators and Steve “Air” McNair(r.i.p.) and Eddie George in the back field. This the same guy that has had multiple run ins with players and iffy press conferences. Albert haynesworth, Travis Henry, Vince Young, and most recently Kenny Britt just to name a few.

    Im cool with this hiring, it makes them better but not very much than spags could have done with a healthy roster.

  10. Well said Pdway, feeling the the same thing.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    JazBadAzz- Only thing is, each one of those players you mentioned has had run-ins with other franchises or off-field issues. It’s not as though he had issues with solid people.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That last bullrush play by Justin Smith was just awesome! Wow!

  13. boycie99 says:

    I want the Saints to win this one
    Only because I really really dislike Jim “Are’nt I Great” Harbaugh and i mean really dislike him and would love that smug grin wiped off his face

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Alex Smith bust bashing has officially ended!

  15. Damn — that’s as good as a football game gets – game of the year. Easily.

    I thought the Saints were winning the SB this year. Crazy big win for the Niners. And I can’t even begrudge it, they really came through.

    And now – the 2nd half of the back-to-back.

  16. JazBadAzz says:

    Duke: Albert stomped Gurode head
    Kenny Britt was drafted to them with a bunch of bagage
    Travis Henry got busted for pot in Tenn
    Oh my, how did I forget Pacman Jones LOL…nuff said!

  17. Plug me into that 49er team and I could do well, Smith made some crucial throws, but I still don’t see the 9ers as that great of a team, felt that the Saints played better today, but they killed themselves.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    pdway – for sure. That was an awesome game. Had everything.

    SFs defense had 5 turnovers and 4 sacks and it was still a nail biter. A Smith is the weakest link on that entire team (and he played pretty well tonight, for him).

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Jaz- That’s my point. Thank you

  20. JazBadAzz says:

    Duke no doubt man!

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Gronkowski is a beast! Carlson looks like a high school player compared to this guy!

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Deion Branch! Remember him?

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I thought it would be Green bay and New England in the Superbowl before the season started, and nothing has changed my mind on that so far.
    It should be a great Superbowl shootout!

  24. JazBadAzz says:

    Georgiahawk: don’t forget about Baltimore, they went to New England in the playoffs and put the smack down on Brady and company

  25. Gotta give Harbaugh, Smith, Davis, 49er D, and the whole 49er team huge props.

    God I hate this, but that team right now is everything Pete Carroll is trying to build his Seahawks to be. The most intimidating D I’ve seen in the past few years and enough O to get it done. I saw glimpses of this 49ers team emerging last year and blogged here that Smith is not as bad as his critics say and that this team looked awfully close to turning the corner. I wish I had been wrong, but they really did it. Although my stomach is turning, they deserve a ton of credit. Jim Harbaugh – coach of the year. Dammit.

    And how about them Aints? I thought they would be the SB team. Nope. Two years in a row they fly to the west coast to get pounded in the playoffs by the Mighty NFC West!

  26. Looks to me like NE will give any of the NFC teams a game. And I didn’t think so – I thought N.O. and GB were the class of the league.

    But who can cover Gronkowski and Hernandez? I’m wondering how it wasn’t known that Gronkowski would be a star – he looks unbelievable.

  27. I think Bill Belichick took a look at how officials are interpreting rules for pass interference this season and said, “throw to the TEs until the other team dies from pass completions or penalties.”

    After watching the 49ers and Patriots today, I think John Carlson’s value just went up. Good TEs rule the NFL right now.

  28. JazBadAzz says:

    It feels awfully weird to see all these teams get praise on my SEAHAWKS blog…

  29. SandpointHawk says:

    Well I saw one of our loyal contributors on Facebook in a 9er’s jersey…

  30. Ewalters7354 says:

    Sandpointhawk,Its a hate for the Saints thing.I also had on a Falcons jersey .That’s just how much I hate the Saints.So I don’t know how far you’re trying to take that but can’t nobody ever say I ditched my Hawks.Also,I’m happy to see the nfc west show the world its not the weakest division in football.Seahawks til I die!

  31. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Every team left in the playoffs this weekend has won at least one Superbowl except for Houston who I think had a good shot to make it before Schaub got hurt. Wouldn’t it be fun to see the Texans some how win the whole thing?

  32. Soggybuc says:

    49’ers are starting to reach Dallas Cowboy’s level of hatred from me!!!!!!
    And where the hell did NE find a D all of a sudden? ah well of to catch the Raven bandwagon!

  33. I don’t care who wins at this point, as long as it’s not the 9ers, reminds me of the year I rooted for the Steers to beat the Cardinals, and the Steelers is about the only team in the entire league I dislike, besides our divisional opponents, which is more of a competitive dislike… if that makes any sense.

  34. When Alex Smith ran for that TD late in the game, I thought two things:
    1. He sucks so bad that they don’t trust him throwing the ball.
    2. Great play call.

    And then on that final drive he threw two perfect passes to Davis. Those were two big time throws/catches.

    I’m not going to claim that I’ve changed my mind and now think he’s good. I don’t. For the most part, the 49ers are successful in spite of him (just don’t screw up) than because of him. I would have liked to see what he would have done on the Rams this past season (he would have sucked worse than sucks, as most anyone would have though).

    I think the 49ers have a good defense. I thought they had a great defense, but if you’re a great defense, you don’t give up TWO TD drives late in the game like that. Sure, it was Drew Brees and the Saints, but TWO late scoring drives does a GREAT defense NOT make.

    If that game proved anything (not that we didn’t already know) is that you cannot turn the ball over 5 times (and only get 1 turnover yourself). Give the 49ers credit for being good enough to force some of those and not just the Saints “giving” it away though.

    Personally, I don’t like the Giants, but they are the team in the play-offs that I hate least, so I hope they win it all. However, a part of me wants to root for the Packers today just so SF will have to travel to Green Bay instead of having the NFC Championship Game at home.

    What I wouldn’t give for a real QB and a pass rusher so we could watch these games this weekend for ourselves and rooting for our favorite team instead of picking some team we hate the least to root for.

  35. Ewalters7354 says:

    I agree Bobby.I only rooted for the niners because I absolutely hate the Saints with a passion even though they are my home team.With that being said Justin Smith and Aldon Smith are absolute beast!I say we sign Larry Grant (free agent after this season)and pursue Cliff Avril or Robert Mathis and the D will be set.As far as QB goes hopefully we can get a nice addition to deliver in clutch situations and we will definitely be a contender.

  36. say what you want, but i’m cheering for the ravens 1st and the 49ers second right now.

    Why you ask?

    2002 – Rams
    2005 – Seahawks
    2008 – Cardinals
    2012 – 49ers (maybe)

    If this division sends every team to the super bowl to represent the NFC in a 10 year span… imagine bringing that up to people who say this division is awful and isn’t worth anything.

    Plus, if the 49ers can win the super bowl, that means Seattle isn’t far off, either. Seattle runs stride for stride with them in terms of matchup and play… so if the niners win the big dance this year… sorta makes you think, really… How far away are the seahawks from really winning some playoff games?

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