Posted on 14 January 2012.
Rejected by Jeff Fisher, the Miami Dolphins strategy to interview numerous much more candidates prior to hiring a coach, owner Stephen Ross stated Friday.
Fisher turned down the Dolphins to accept the coaching job in St. Louis, the Rams confirmed Friday. Ross and common manager Jeff Ireland quickly hit the reset button in their search, but the rejection represented a major setback.
Fisher’s decision came ten days after he interviewed with Miami.
“It lasted a little longer than I would have liked,” Ross said with a chuckle in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. “We did every thing we thought we could do. We had been stretching. We produced an supply better. We worked tough at it.”
The Dolphins, in contrast to the Rams, have a common manager in location, and Fisher might therefore finish up with more authority over personnel decisions in St. Louis. Ross, even so, said he didn’t feel that swayed Fisher.
“The organizational structure I don’t think was an issue at all,” Ross stated. “I’ve constantly believed the relationship among the coach and general manager is a partnership, and we felt Jeff was fine with that.”
A Dolphins source told NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington that Fisher by no means asked for total control. The source said he expressed for the duration of the interview that he wanted a mutual choice-creating process with Ireland, which is what the Dolphins also planned to institute.
Fisher, who coached the Titans franchise for 17 years, was Miami’s 1st option and widely thought to be the leading prize on the NFL coaching market place. Ross wanted to make a splash by hiring a coach who would reinvigorate the fan base, and Fisher provided the greatest opportunity to do that.
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Amongst the other candidates interviewed by the Dolphins, the only 1 with any NFL head coaching expertise is Todd Bowles, thanks to his function as their interim coach for the final three games this season. Bowles has also been linked to the coaching vacancy with the Oakland Raiders.
“Jeff was fantastic — he had the knowledge that the other ones might not have,” Ross said. “But it has always been my philosophy to hire young folks who have a real desire to succeed, and that’s what’s out there. Hopefully there’s a Hall-of-Fame coach we’ll be talking to.”
Other candidates interviewed by Miami have integrated Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub. The search will now be expanded and might consist of other coaches still in the playoffs.
“We have continued to evaluate candidates even following we spoke with Jeff,” Ross said. “We’re excited about the candidates we’re contemplating. They’re outstanding in their own proper. We’ll continue with our strategy, which will consist of interviewing a number of candidates a lot more. I’m confident the approach will result in the selection of the correct coach to lead our team.”
Darlington reported that the team currently has an interview lined up for Saturday with an as-yet-unnamed candidate.
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