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Fisher decides on St. Louis over Miami

ST. LOUIS — The Rams prevailed in a competition with the Dolphins to land Jeff Fisher for their coaching vacancy Friday. They said they are finalizing details to hire the former Titans coach.

Fisher, 53, the Rams defensive coordinator in 1991, when they played in Los Angeles, interviewed twice with St. Louis, once meeting with quarterback Sam Bradford.

"The process has been lengthy but for good reasons," said Fisher, who inherits a team that is 23-73 with no playoff berths over the past six seasons. "I took a lot of time looking at and exploring in detail the noneconomic issues of both clubs."

After firing Steve Spagnuolo on Jan. 2, the Rams said they preferred a coach with previous head coaching experience. Spagnuolo had been the Giants defensive coordinator. His predecessor, Scott Linehan, had been the Dolphins offensive coordinator.

Fisher went 142-120 with only six winning seasons among 17 with the Titans before stepping down after last season. He made the playoffs six times and reached the Super Bowl once, losing 23-16 to the Rams in January 2000.

"I'm really excited that the Rams are the best fit for me," Fisher said. "I hope I'm the best fit for the Rams and am looking forward to finalizing the (contract) details and coming to work."

SI.com reported Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will join Fisher in St. Louis. Williams ran the defense under Fisher with the Titans from 1997-2000 before leaving to become head coach of the Bills. Earlier this week, Williams said he wouldn't talk to Fisher until after the Saints' season ends.

Jaguars: Falcons quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski was hired as offensive coordinator. He follows new coach Mike Mularkey, who was Atlanta's offensive coordinator. The hiring comes one day after Mel Tucker, who served as interim coach after Jack Del Rio's firing, said he would remain as defensive coordinator.

Jets: Coach Rex Ryan said quarterback Mark Sanchez has the support of the organization. The comments came two days after New York's Daily News reported several Jets players were unhappy with him, one calling him lazy. "If it's not all of (his teammates), it's the majority that have a great deal of confidence in Mark Sanchez," Ryan said. "And when he walks through that door, his head is going to be held high."

Titans: Tight end Craig Stevens, a potential restricted free agent, re-signed for four years and what Nashville's Tennessean reported was for $15 million. Stevens caught only nine passes this season but is considered a key run blocker.

Fisher decides on St. Louis over Miami 01/13/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 11:17pm]
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