Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Jeff Fisher, Dolphins discuss job
ESPN.com news services
DAVIE, Fla. -- Jeff Fisher has completed an interview for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job.
Fisher departed the team's complex at mid-afternoon Tuesday the same way he arrived -- via owner Stephen Ross' helicopter. The Dolphins then confirmed the visit.
A source told ESPN's Hank Goldberg that former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson also was aboard the helicopter with Fisher and Ross on Tuesday morning. ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen has reported that Ross was likely to hire Peterson to fill the role vacated by Bill Parcells. Both Ross and Peterson had denied discussions were taking place, however.
Fisher is believed to be the Dolphins' top choice, and Ross is willing to pay big money, but competition from other NFL teams may be fierce.
Fisher, who sat out the 2011 season after being fired by the Tennessee Titans, also will interview in the next week with the St. Louis Rams for their coaching vacancy.
Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland began their search for a head coach Monday by interviewing Todd Bowles, who was interim coach for the final three games after Tony Sparano was fired.
Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub will interview for the job, a league source confirmed to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson. The New York Daily News reported the Dolphins also are interested in talking to New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
The status of the franchise has declined dramatically in recent years. The Dolphins have reached the playoffs only once in the past decade, and they've endured three consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the 1960s.
The Dolphins would prefer to hire someone with NFL head-coaching experience, such as Fisher, who coached the Oilers and Titans for 17 years and led them to a Super Bowl. Ross is drawn to celebrities and apparently willing to spend big, but competition will be stiff thanks to a slew of vacancies around the league, including all three Florida teams.
Some situations are more appealing than the Dolphins, who have been plagued by instability. The next coach will be Miami's seventh since the start of the 2004 season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.