The wide speculated rumor this afternoon is that Stephen Ross refused to give power, full, partial, or otherwise to Jeff Fisher and Fisher finally said, forget it. With the Rams he get’s it all. His own GM, his own decisions, and the 2nd pick in the draft.
The Dolphins get the status quo. Jeff Ireland and a continuing coaching search. Along with that, they get a lot of pissed off fans who think that once again they screwed this up. Again? Oh, yes, again. Jon Gruden, Jim Harbaugh, Jeff Fisher, Bill Cowher. All the big names said “No Thanks!”
O.k. let’s get this straight. Cowher and Gruden did not want to coach and have accepted ZERO interviews. Hardly spurned so they don’t count. You can make the arguement with Harbaugh and 49′ers but it was rumored early prior to last season that Harbaugh didn’t want to leave the west coast. Now Fisher, o.k. he chose a better environment for him. Total control and no questions.
Point is this. This was a no-win situation for Stephen Ross. If he doesn’t go after Fisher he is an idiot. If he doesn’t land Jeff Fisher he is an idiot. If he over pays Jeff Fisher and gives him control, he is an idiot. In my opinion, Ross did enough. He courted, he wined, he dined, and he got left with the bar tab without so much as a kiss good night. It happens.
Time to move on and get over this. The sky didn’t fall, we are still breathing, and that’s that. Funny as well is how many fans didn’t want Fisher to begin with. Now they get the chance to get the guy they did.