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Jeff Fisher will only consider St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins coaching openings; Tampa Bay Buccaneers off his list

TAMPA — Cross off the name of former Titans coach Jeff Fisher from the list of possible candidates to coach the Bucs.

Fisher told ESPN's Adam Schefter he plans to make a decision about his future next week and will only consider the Dolphins and the Rams.

Fisher interviewed with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross on Tuesday in Miami. He met Rams owner Stan Kroenke on Friday in Denver. It's not known if the Bucs contacted Fisher, but he was believed to be one of the candidates the team considered to replace Raheem Morris, who was fired Monday after three seasons.

Morris, 35, hasn't wasted any time looking for work. He was spotted dining with members of the Redskins front office Wednesday. But Washington might only be able to offer Morris a job coaching defensive backs. On Friday, he interviewed for a high-level position on defense with the Vikings, according to general manager Rick Spielman.

Former Packers and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman and Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray interviewed for the Bucs coaching job Wednesday in Texas.

Sherman would figure to be a stronger candidate on paper, considering his offensive background could benefit quarterback Josh Freeman, and he has NFL head coaching experience.

In six seasons with Green Bay, with Brett Favre in his prime at quarterback, Sherman went 57-39 and won three NFC North titles. He was fired in 2005 after a 4-12 record, the Packers' first losing season since 1991. Sherman was 25-25 in four seasons at Texas A&M, including two bowl appearances, before being fired in December.

Fisher, 53, was considered the belle of the ball this offseason, with former Steelers coach Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden apparently content to remain in broadcasting in 2012.

While the Rams tied the Colts for the NFL's worst record at 2-14, Fisher might be attracted to St. Louis because of quarterback Sam Bradford and the No. 2 overall pick in April's draft.

Ross has said he won't be outbid for Fisher, and the Dolphins have some pieces that helped them win six of their final nine. But they're quarterbacked by journeyman Matt Moore.

Fisher worked for nearly 17 seasons with the Oilers/Titans organization under owner Bud Adams and reportedly is looking for a strong financial commitment to winning from his next employer.

The Bucs might wait until after this weekend's playoff games to see what other candidates become available. Former Bills head coach and Falcons offensive Mike Mularkey could draw some interest from the Bucs, but they have not asked for permission to interview him.

Jeff Fisher will only consider St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins coaching openings; Tampa Bay Buccaneers off his list 01/06/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 7, 2012 6:01pm]
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