Gettin’ Fishy With It.

The last time the Lambs played Fisher’s Titans was 2009. Tennessee won 47-7. St. Louis had 12 offensive possessions: 5 interceptions 6 punts. Oh get Fishy already.
A Commitment to Succeed

St. Louis Rams new head coach Jeff Fisher (C) answers a question as team owner Stan Kronke (L) and Executive Vice President of Football Operations & Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff listen. (Photo via williiamgreenblattphotography.com)

The theme at Rams Park Tuesday was winning. Getting the St. Louis Rams, 15-65 in their last 5 seasons, back on track. Jeff Fisher’s track record speaks for itself. He enters his 31st NFL season in 2012 with a career record of 142-120. “It’s another opportunity to make another trip as champions to the White House. It was that vision that made my decision very easy.”

Rams owner Stan Kroenke, in a rare appearance, officially stamped his name on the organization. “Jeff was absolutely what we were looking for.” Kroenke noted that 2012 would be his 20th year in sports business and, “The module (for success) at its center is an experienced, confident head coach who has dealt, and seen most things the world of sports can throw at him.”

Fisher lasted 16 consecutive seasons with the Tennessee Titans franchise. He endured a relocation from Houston in 1996 and managed working under megalomaniac owner Bud Adams. See: Vince Young.

Compatible Continuity

Forget any power mongering lunatics. In fact, when asked about who has last say, Fisher deferred the question, “I’m not going into who has final say. Our philosophy is that decisions have to be made together. It’s a collective effort.” Woah, now Fisher “won’t go there?” Come on now Spags.

Forget any flashy “four-pillars” philosophy. Fisher stood at the podium as a seasoned veteran knowing what it takes to win in the NFL. “Philosophy is pretty simple: do whatever it takes to win a football game. We’re going to run the football, protect the quarterback, play good defense, and get the ball back.” Fisher and Kroenke mean business. Kroenke’s commitment to winning was imperative in landing Fisher.

Fisher and Kroenke (Photo via williamgreenblattphotography.com)

No song and pony dance for a first-time head coach, no need to find an encyclopedia to find out who the hell he’s naming for assistant coaches.

“My efforts are to put together the best possible coaching staff for this team. I have, over the years found that patience in terms of hiring coaches is better than haste. Finding good coaches takes time.”

Notice how he said “coaches”, not “buddies”. Fisher has pull with big-time assistants, something neither Steve Spagnuolo nor Scott Linehan had. They were just giddy to have a HC position. They hired inexperienced “guys” into key positions.

Never underestimate the power of a strong head coach.Just ask San Francisco. Fisher’s playoff accomplishments include three Division titles (2000, 2002, and 2008), two AFC Championship Games (1999, 2002) and one Super Bowl Birth (XXXIV).

Did you know? Fisher was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams in 1991.

Did you know? Fisher, for his career, is 44-26 against NFC opponents (7-10 against NFC west)

Looking Ahead

Fisher likes the makeup of the current St. Louis Rams. “It’s a talented team that has some holes, and I look forward to filling those voids.” More importantly, he likes what he sees from quarterback Sam Bradford. “This year was difficult. I think you have to look at his success from the first year.

Sam Bradford and James Laurinaitis watch as Fisher is introduced (Image via williamgreenblattphotography.com)

The lockout, lack of time together in the offense, but he has a chance to be a top QB in the National Football League very soon.”

Watching a poised Fisher address the media, he seems destined to succeed. The Rams have a proven leader at the top with a keen eye for talent and a special way of motivating players. Competing won’t cut it for Fisher. He demands winning. He demands self-discipline and expects a certain level of play in the National Football League. As Fisher puts it, “we have a great opportunity to get a team in a short period of time back on track”

It’s a very exciting time for St. Louis Rams fans. Party like it’s 2012.

Sound Bites:

Jeff Fisher

On Current Team’s capability

On Stan Kroenke’s commitment to winning

On Reports he chose Miami over St. Louis

Sam Bradford

On Never wanting a season like 2011 Again; lockout implications

On his impressions of Jeff Fisher

Stan Kroenke

On Dome Lease/Perceptions of team leaving St. Louis

Thanks for reading.

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