Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – For the second time in a year, the Miami Dolphins have been left at the altar by a big-name head coach, this time it’s Jeff Fisher.
According to SI.com’s Peter King, Fisher informed the Miami Dolphins Friday afternoon that he had chosen to become the new coach of the St. Louis Rams, instead of the Dolphins.
Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, the issue came down to Fins owner Stephen Ross wouldn’t give Fisher enough control because Ross wanted to keep team control in the hands of general manager Jeff Ireland.
Fisher was highly coveted by Ross for both his track record as a Super Bowl coach and because he was the biggest name coach left on the market.
His decision Friday came after the Fins waited anxiously for more than a week for word from Fisher to decide.
Ross rolled out the red carpet for Fisher, including bringing him in on Ross’ private helicopter. Ross made it known early on that he would not be outbid for Fisher, but in the end it wasn’t about money.
Speculation ran rampant earlier in the week that Fisher may have been leaning towards the Dolphins because the Rams could be moving to Los Angeles. But, the speculation proved not to be the case.
Fisher walks into a situation in St. Louis where he will be able to handpick the next general manager. He also will have tons of cap room to build a roster that he wants, and he has a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford.
If that’s not enough, Fisher and the Rams will be able to auction off the number two pick in the draft for a bounty of picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Fisher has compiled a career record of 142-120 in a 17 year head coaching career. His Titans went to the Super Bowl once and made six trips to the playoffs during his time in Tennessee.
He was let go by the Titans after he clashed with former quarterback Vince Young and owner Bud Adams.