Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:30 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 7:33 am

Source: Fisher "95 percent certain" to coach Rams

Jeff Fisher continues to contemplate coaching the Rams or the Dolphins, though it is increasingly looking like Fisher has all but made a decision.

A source close to Fisher says the former Titans coach is "95 percent certain" he's going to accept an offer from the Rams. An official decision could come early next week.

Now, there's a caveat here, and it's a big one. It's the wallet of Miami owner Stephen Ross. It's very possible Ross makes a huge, final offer that could sway Fisher. So far, a source says, that hasn't happened.

But that doesn't mean it won't and that's the only reason, I'm told, it's not a totally done deal. Fisher is waiting for the final word from Ross.

A source also confirmed Fisher has a fear the Rams might move to Los Angeles, though that isn't said to be a deal-breaker.

But everything continues to point to Fisher coaching the Rams with the Ross wallet being the only possible hangup.

Category: NFL
Tags: Dolphins, Rams
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:24 pm

Fisher faces classic choice

Jeff Fisher will make a decision soon and I'm told, for the moment, there's no clear favorite.

A source familiar with Fisher's thinking tells me Fisher's representation has discussed financial parameters of a deal with both Miami and St. Louis and for now Fisher is "completely torn" about where to go.

The source said Fisher would likely become one of the top five highest paid coaches in football if he went to the Dolphins. The source also said the deal Fisher's representation is discussing with the Rams may not be as lucrative. However, during his meeting with the Rams, I'm told, Rams officials pushed on Fisher the idea that he'd have a franchise quarterback in place.

In Miami, Fisher could make more money. With the Rams, he might have an easier route to a title because that team has a solid quarterback situation (not to mention a great running back situation).

People who know Fisher well say cash isn't foremost on his mind which is why Rams seem to be the likely landing spot.

But again, Fisher is genuinely torn, I'm told, and hasn't made a concrete decision.

And as I've reported before he is still looking to make a decision sometime early next week and though it remains unlikely don't be surprised if a surprise team jumps into the fray at the last second.

Category: NFL
Tags: Dolphins, Fisher, NFL, Rams
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:50 pm

Gruden returning to coaching?

Jon Gruden is leaning towards returning to coaching, two sources close to the situation confirmed to me.

The San Diego Union-Tribune first reported that Gruden had decided to return to coaching next season.

However, two sources said late Monday night that while Gruden is indeed leaning towards returning, it's not certain. But some of this might be semantics. I'm told Gruden wants to see what positions he could possibly get before making a 100 percent final decision and that he hasn't officially made one yet because of the uncertainty.

(I was also told Gruden didn't expect this news to get out so soon.)

But again, semantics. He wants to come back. That's the important part of this story. And while I fully expect Gruden to issue a statement with some sort of non-denial/denial saying he's happy at ESPN, he's eyeing a return.

Gruden wants to coach again as soon as possible. That part is fact.

"He's ready to leave television," said one source, "but only if the right job is out there."

And that job, as the Union-Tribune reported, could be the St. Louis Rams.

Category: NFL
Tags: Gruden, NFL, Rams
Posted on: January 28, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2010 6:10 pm

Jackson accused of assaulting pregnant girlfriend

CBSSports.com has obtained a police report in which a former girlfriend accuses St. Louis running back Steven Jackson of assaulting her while she was nine months pregnant.

Jackson's girlfriend at the time, Supriya Harris, said in a complaint filed with the Las Vegas Police Department that an argument in March of 2009 became physical and according to the complaint Jackson pushed her to the ground repeatedly.

According to the report, Harris says she was bleeding from wounds as a result of the argument. The report states that Harris gave birth to her son soon after the alleged incident.

She also says in the report that she left Jackson after he again threatened to physically beat her.

Jackson said in a statement through his agent: "It’s disheartening that I have to address any alleged allegations 10
months later, but I have read the accusations made by Supriya Harris, and they are untrue.  The accusations are especially hurtful because those who truly know me know that those actions would be out of character for me. Miss Harris is the mother of my son, a son that I love and that I willingly support emotionally and financially.  I will address this matter thoroughly through the appropriate avenues, but not through the media."

Harris told CBSSports.com that the runner isn't being truthful and she's willing to take a lie detector test to prove that her story is accurate.

"I'm ready to take a lie detector test and the witnesses are too," she said. "I'm not lying and I challenge him to take the test. I'm ready to take it."

The Rams say they are aware of the abuse claims and are investigating.

Category: NFL
Tags: Rams
Posted on: October 15, 2009 1:13 pm

Dave Checketts and the Rams

If it's true as Profootballtalk.com via Bloomberg.com reports that billionaire George Soros is part of the Dave Checketts group to purchase the St. Louis Rams, then Soros, just like Rush Limbaugh, should be gone, too.

Soros, according to various published reports and an interview on CNN, once compared the Bush administration to the Nazis.

That's a pretty horrific comparison seeing as the Nazis tried to wipe out an entire race of people and Bush was just an idiot.

Soros should know better since he himself grew up Jewish in Nazi occupied Hungary.

Never, ever compare anyone or anything to the Nazis except, well, Nazis.

Can't be a hypocrite here. Limbaugh is worse than Soros but Soros shouldn't get a pass either. He should be gone from Checketts' group and probably will be once this news continues to circulate through the mainstream media.

The larger issue is what the hell is Checketts doing having such polarizing figures as part of his group?

Does he want to own a team? Because if he does it seems he's done everything in his power to undermine that desire.

By the time Checketts is done the only things left from this wreckage of an ownership group will be his Golden Retriever Skippy and the TiVo remote.

Category: NFL
Tags: Rams
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