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Sunday, January 8, 2012
Dolphins losing grip on Jeff Fisher

By James Walker

The Jeff Fisher sweepstakes appears to be favoring the St. Louis Rams. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Fisher is in St. Louis Sunday for a second interview and will meet with Rams starting quarterback Sam Bradford.

This is not good news for the Miami Dolphins. Fisher interviewed with Miami first and never returned for a second interview. He is just days away from making his decision and is spending more time with the Rams than he is the Dolphins.

Reading the tea leaves, Miami may want to start looking for a Plan B. I would be surprised if Fisher, Miami's first choice, chooses the Dolphins next week. There are too many reasons St. Louis' job is a better fit. The Rams have better draft picks, an empty spot at general manager and a potential franchise quarterback in Bradford. Those are things the Dolphins cannot compete with.

This was Miami's only chance to make a splash by getting a top-tier coach with experience. If Fisher chooses St. Louis next week, the Dolphins likely will go the assistant route. Miami has already interviewed Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub, Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles.