By Mike Berardino
Sun Sentinel columnist
11:51 AM EDT, October 10, 2012
If St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher has any regrets about turning down the Miami Dolphins nine months ago, he certainly didn’t betray them this morning.
Speaking on a conference call with South Florida media in advance of Sunday’s Rams-Dolphins game, Fisher spoke in positive terms about both his current situation and the one he could have had.
“I went through that before,” Fisher began. “I don’t think it’s necessary to go through it again. I think they made the right decision. They’ve got things going. Coach [Joe] Philbin is doing an excellent job there.”
Knowing that wouldn’t be sufficient to address something that was played out so publicly – the helicopter ride, the offer, the weeklong wait and then ultimately the rejection – Fisher went on without further prompting.
“Really, I had a great time there,” he said. “I have a great deal of respect for Mr. [Steve] Ross and for Jeff [Ireland] and I just felt like this was a better opportunity for me.”
That was more like it.
It was Fisher who chose to go to St. Louis, not the Dolphins who pushed him in that direction.
I asked Fisher about his relationship with Rams owner Stan Kroenke and team President Kevin Demoff, whose father Marvin is Fisher's longtime agent.
"Obviously he comes to our games," Fisher said of Kroenke. "I've talked to him maybe once or twice a week. He's busy with his other endeavors and has pretty much turned things over to Kevin, [GM Les Snead] and I. It’s a great working relationship. I’m having a lot of fun. Les is very talented. Kevin is great to work with."And with the Rams one Matthew Stafford touchdown pass with 10 seconds left in the opener from being 4-1 and tied for first in the NFC West, it’s clear this game of Coaching Roulette worked out well for all parties concerned.
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