Jeff Fisher Luring in the Miami Dolphins' Head Coaching Vacancy?

Mark LoiselleContributor IIJanuary 11, 2012

Jeff Fisher, the former head coach of the Tennessee Titans
Jeff Fisher, the former head coach of the Tennessee Titans

According to Michael Lombardi of, Jeff Fisher is in the process of choosing between the Miami Dolphins and the St. Louis Rams and is expected to make a decision today. He is leaning towards the Dolphins.

In Miami's case, is he the best fit?

The two positions stopping the Dolphins from becoming an elite team are quarterback and coach. The quarterback void will be found through the draft or free agency but for the coaching position, it has become a negative trend. Throughout the franchise's history, the Dolphins have been through nine coaches, which obviously involves a lot of inconsistency. I think the team needs an older and experienced coach that can create the identity for this team.

With that, if you're the Miami Dolphins you want this guy. Fisher is a proven coach who has established a 142-120 coaching record, consisting six playoff appearances with the Houston Oilers and the Tennessee Titans.

Fisher's coaching tactics include a run-heavy offense, which could give Reggie Bush more touches. After his first 1,000-yard season, the run-heavy offense could become a yearly tradition. The passing game with receivers like Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess, Brian Hartline and Charles Clay will develop just like it did this past season.

The Dolphins have also interviewed Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, but dealing with the loss of his son Michael, it could take a while for him to make a decision. They were looking at Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub, and they interviewed Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who recently agreed to become the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach.

Signs are pointing towards Jeff Fisher, and why not? It could eventually be a perfect match for both sides. Look for them to give him a fat contract he can't refuse.