Jeff Fisher in NFC West makes challenge for Cards

Jan 13, 2012, 8:48 PM | Updated: 8:56 pm

Former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher made the
decision on Friday to take the reins for the St. Louis
Rams, turning down an offer made by the Miami Dolphins.

Fisher did not coach this past season, as he was fired
from the Titans in January 2011 after spending 16 seasons
with the team. He has a coaching record of 142-120 and led
the team to four division championships. Fisher also
suffered a 23-16 loss to the Rams and Kurt Warner’s MVP
performance in the 1999 Super Bowl.

Moving to the NFC West means the Arizona Cardinals will
have a coach in their division that relies heavily on
defense and carries a record of 2-2 against them since
1994.

The last time they met, Arizona lost 20-17 after Vince
Young led the Titans 99 yards in the final 2:37, finding
Kenny Britt for a TD as time expired.

The Cardinals’ wins against Fisher came in 1994, after the
coach took over the then-Houston Oilers on an interim
basis, and in 2005, when Josh McCown led the Cardinals to
a 20-10 victory at Sun Devil Stadium.

Fisher’s hiring in St. Louis can boost the power of the
NFC West, as he is the fourth head coach in the division
with playoff experience under his belt.

The 2-14 Rams have the second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft
and a young quarterback in Sam Bradford, who has yet to
see a winning season since coming from the University of
Oklahoma in 2010.

Fisher also has the chance of hiring his own general
manager and the opportunity of rebuilding a franchise that
has not had a winning record since 2003.

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