NFLN survey/popular coach: Rams

January, 28, 2014
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ST. LOUIS -- All but three coaches received votes in the NFL Nation survey question "Which head coach would you most like to play for?"

That means that of the 320 players surveyed, 29 of 32 coaches were mentioned by name. Seattle coach Pete Carroll was named the most, claiming 22.5 percent of the vote.

Rams fans probably wretch at the thought of playing for Carroll or, really, anything involving the Seahawks leader. But it's understandable why players would want to play for him. Carroll has quickly elevated the Seahawks to the top of the league's toughest division and has a knack for doing it while having fun.

Of course, Rams fans would also argue Carroll is a bit too lax in light of some of the suspensions the Seahawks have dealt with. Carroll is pretty open and allows his players enough leash to have a good time while still winning.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher's name didn't pop up in the top 10 but you'd be hard-pressed to find a player that doesn't like playing for him. Fisher, who got seven votes, is decidedly a players' coach and knows when to pull up the reins on practice length and times. His "sleep in" Thursday is a tradition his players especially love.

Of course, Fisher also hasn't enjoyed the success of a coach like Carroll in recent years. The common tie among the top 10 on the list is a recent history of playoff appearances and success. If Fisher had more of that, he'd likely be higher on this list.

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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