Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher continued to string the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins along Thursday about whether he would accept either teams’ head coaching job.
Fisher has been debating which team would give him the better opportunity to win. But, it’s beginning to look more like Fisher may be trying to squeeze the most money out of either team by playing the two against each other.
According to NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora, sources have said the only thing standing in the way between him and the Rams job is the salary.
Fisher wants to be paid around $7 million and according to LaCanfora, Rams owner Stan Kroenke isn’t getting near that number to this point.
That’s led NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi and Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver to speculate that Fisher is learning towards bringing his talents to South Beach.
Both have cited Fisher’s reluctance to go through another move of a franchise after doing when the Oilers moved to Tennessee.
The hand-wringing has slowly started to turn the narrative against bringing Fisher in at all.
ESPN’s Ross Tucker said Thursday morning that both teams should consider moving on from Fisher because he’s “clearly not sold on either place.”
There’s also the distinct possibility that Fisher could be stalling to see if the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts comes open Thursday.
The Colts hired a new general manager this week and current coach Jim Caldwell could be on his way out in Indianapolis.
If Fisher spurns the Dolphins, it’s going to hurt the team’s image around the league and be the latest misstep by Fins owner Stephen Ross.
Plus, he’ll have the difficulty of generating fan buzz behind a lesser known coordinator.
Still, Mike Tomlin, Mike McCarthy and Sean Payton weren’t big names in NFL coaching circles, but it’s safe to say that the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, and New Orleans Saints are very happy about picking a lesser-known coach now.
Fisher has given no indication of his timetable to decide, but it’s expected in the next 48 hours.
Until then, there will be much hand-wringing in Miami and St. Louis as the future of both franchises hangs in the balance.