Hey every one. I'm new to posting on the Times, but I wanted to just get a general feeler for what everyone is thinking about the coaching search. While this is my first post, I'll try to leave the controversial statements for later posts.
After firing Spags, which needed to be done because of the record (though I'll argue another time that I think that even though his record was worse Spags left this team better than Linehan did.) Fisher is clearly the top choice in the Rams cross hairs. So is he all of yours?
Personally, if the Rams weren't in the culture of losing they are, I would not be the biggest proponent of hiring Fisher. He had about 4 or 5 really good years in Tennessee (including a Superbowl run that was snuffed out by the Rams.) However many of his years were otherwise mediocre and while you can't judge someone by an anomaly season, it seems like the majority of his team were more mediocre. (Jim Trotter tweeted the stats today.) And I know it doesn't help he shared a division with the Colts for a long time, but at the same time, that's only 2 games of the year.
I also remember him having media spats with players (like Billy Volek) which I never was a fan of and I didn't think he came off looking too good. Those may have very well be isolated incidents too.
BUT the Rams ARE in a culture of losing, and that's why I think Fisher needs to be the choice. Hiring a young coordinator would mean we have to give him 3 years to learn how to be a head coach and then who knows if they'll succeed or fail. It'd be gambling on another Spags (who at the time was THE hottest coordinator out there and no one faulted the Rams for that hire.) Fisher knows how to coach. He doesn't need to spend time learning how he should be a head coach. He's done it. And because of that he gives us the best chance of walking in the door and producing a winning team. He can whip this team into shape because he'll know what he's doing. He's the smartest hire.
I would absolutely love to hit gold on a hot coordinator. That way, the coach would be OUR guy. He'd be like a minor leaguer coming up to the majors and being a star. The fans always love that guy more than the big superstar you trade for (though both can be great.) This will always be Fishers 2nd run and while we won't care if he's winning, I don't think we'd embrace him if this was his first coaching gig and he'd be a life long Ram. I'd love to hit gold like the Saints did with Sean Payton (who is one of my favorite coaches in the league.) But unfortunately the Rams just cannot risk that now.
So with all that I think the Rams NEED to hire Jeff Fisher, whether or not I WANT him as my top choice. They can't keep losing like this and expect the fans to keep coming around. There's always the loyalists but people are going to stop paying for a crummy product. So Fisher is the wise choice and the choice that needs to be made (if they can obviously.) Part of me just wishes the Rams had the opportunity to take a chance on a hot coordinator they can make their own. But that's failed them too often too recently and that's just not possible.