Jeff Fisher Picks Rams Over The Dolphins

In a year without a deep pool of experienced coaches, Fisher — who sat out the 2011 season after being fired by the Tennessee Titans following 16 seasons — became the focus of franchises seeking a veteran coach to lead them out of the doldrums.

Fisher chose the Rams, who won just two games in 2011 and finished last in the N.F.L. in scoring. But they have the promise of Bradford, the offensive rookie of the year in 2010; the second overall pick in this year’s draft; and considerable salary-cap space for signing players.

Fisher came inches short of tying the in the final moments against the Rams at the end of the 1999 season. The Rams will now hire a general manager, with considerable input from Fisher.

The Dolphins, 6-10 this season, have a general manager, Jeff Ireland. Ireland retained his job when the Dolphins fired Tony Sparano as coach in December. Sparano was hired this week as the Jets’ offensive coordinator. The Dolphins now turn their attention to other candidates, most of whom are coordinators seeking their first head coaching jobs.

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