Daily Grind Sports 1/8/12

The Rams look to name Jeff Fisher head coach this week, the St. Louis Blues are on fire, and an upset is looming in the NFL playoffs. Check it out, the Daily Grind Sports is back!

ALL SIGNS POINT FISHER TO ST. LOUIS

Jeff Fisher will most likely be the next head coach of the St. Louis Rams. It seems inevitable. According to Jay Glazer, the Dolphins have already conceded the race. Fisher interviewed with owner Stan Kroenke in Denver last week and visited the Rams facilities in Earth City yesterday. Plus, the Rams permitted the New England Patriots to pluck Josh McDaniels, who was under contract with

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

Jeff Fisher (Image via Wikipedia)

the team through next season. McDaniels was not going to be retained under Fisher.

Fisher has some strong ties with NFL assistants. One in particular: Gregg Williams. Williams is currently the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans SaintsSteve Spagnuolo was often criticized for not having enough “experience” on his staff. Between Fisher and Williams, that aught to satisfy.

The next step would be to fill the vacancy at General Manager. Baltimore’s Eric DeCosta is not going anywhere–as his new deal puts him in a position to be Ozzie Newsome’s heir. The Rams have requested permission to interview two Tennessee front office members about the vacancy (more signs leading to Fisher).

THE BLUES ARE RED HOT

St. Louis dominated the Colorado Avalanche one night removed from the Av’s 4-0 shutout in Chicago. With the Blackhawks loss and the Blues win, the Note took sole possession of 1st place in the Central Division. Fans have received 3 straight games of free Big Macs–thanks to the 4 goal performances.

Brian Elliott earned his 5th shutout Saturday. Elliott had lost three of his last four allowing 11 goals.

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Ken Hitchcock oversees Bench (Image by Getty Images via @daylife)

A friend made the point last night that a Davis Payne coached team does not win Thursday’s game against Edmonton. The Blues scored three goals in the third period to win against a feisty Oilers bunch. Kudos to Ken Hitchcock, who is now 18-5-5 since taking over on November 6th.  David Perron on Hitchcock’s influence: “Watch the style of play. We knew we had a chance to win every night and he’s done a great job to get the guy guys rolling.”

The Blues must realize its only January 8th, and they still have 41 games left in the regular season. Enjoy the win, but don’t take a step back. Keep pushing. In fact, that chance will come immediately when Vancouver comes to town on Thursday.

Quick NHL NOTE: Congratulations to Jerome Iginla on his 500th goal.

Also, the NHLPA rejecting the new realignment plan is not only stupid, but also concerning for the sport going forward.

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Derek Lilliquist (Image by Getty Images via @daylife)

Finally, best wishes to Dave Duncan. Duncan’s presence will obviously be missed. He is probably the best pitching coach in the game and certainly a huge factor for the Cardinals’ success since 1995. Duncan has been at Tony LaRussa’s side for all three of their World Championships. At some point the buck had to be passed. Derek Lilliquist and Dyer Miller have been groomed for this opportunity and I expect them to excel.

Upset of the day: Broncos (+9) take down the Steelers in Denver. No Mendenhall, a banged up Big Ben, and a gaping hole at safety without Ryan Clark. The Denver defense is stingy and I am predicting a big play that turns this game dramatically.

 

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