They have removed the interim tag and named Romeo Crennel head coach.
Tampa Bay is expected to name their new head coach next week. They have spoken to Mike Sherman (former Packers head coach), who is the leading candidate at the moment. They will speak meet with Brad Childress (former Vikings head coach) on Monday. The Buccaneers also have on their radar: Mike Zimmer (Current Bengals defensive coordinator), Wade Phillips (Texans defensive coordinator) and Marty Schottenheimer (Current head coach of the Virginia Destroyers in the UFL).
Word is that they moved on from Jeff Fisher, as they expect him to coach in St. Louis. Their 2 leading candidates are Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
As for Fisher’s meeting with Rams owner Stan Kroenke on Thursday, the source close to Fisher said: “He had a very, very favorable impression of Mr. Kroenke. And he feels really good about the Rams. If he didn’t feel good about the Rams, he wouldn’t be (visiting Rams Park).”
In the conversations Thursday, Kroenke and Fisher also discovered they share an affinity for Montana. The state — not the quarterback. Kroenke has land there.
“They were able to talk about non-football things,” the source close to Fisher said. “That created more of a comfort level of two guys talking than: ‘What are you going to call on third-and-5 when you’re down by four?’ ”
But not everything is rosy with respect to Fisher and the Rams.
Another source said Fisher remains torn between the Rams and Dolphins. Additionally, Fisher might have concerns about the possibility of the Rams moving out of St. Louis because of their stadium-lease situation.
Early in his head-coaching tenure with the Titans, Fisher went through the grueling process of having the then-Houston Oilers relocate to Tennessee, playing first in Memphis and then in Nashville.
The Rams could be out of their stadium lease in the Edward Jones Dome as early as 2015 — or just three seasons from now.
Jeff Fisher Update
He is spending Sunday touring the St. Louis Rams’ training facility and meeting with quarterback Sam Bradford, a league source told Adam Schefter of ESPN. Fisher is expected to choose between head coaching openings in St. Louis and with the Miami Dolphins this week.
If Jeff Fisher becomes the next head coach of the Rams, he may reunite with current Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams. As far as Williams goes, his contract expires after the postseason.
Raiders just hired Reggie McKenzie as their new G.M. He played linebacker for the Raiders, and is a disciple of Ron Wolf over in Green Bay. We know how good the Packers have become, the Raiders are hoping for the same kind of change.
Indianapolis (G.M. Search)
They are searching for a G.M., and that is when they will focus their attention on a head coach.
In a series of Twitter posts on Friday night, Irsay said the search for a new GM was “going very well” adding he will have spoken with seven potential candidates by Monday.
“The pool of candidates is deep n talented,” tweeted Irsay. “It is impressive how a new wave of gifted executives has developed n the NFL..much 2 choose from.”
Irsay then challenged his followers to identify this dark horse candidate, Jim (blank) out of Canada.
“Jim Popp! Look at this man’s accomplishments!” wrote Irsay. “Does he deserve NFL shot or not a good fit in NFL??”
Popp has been the GM of the Alouettes for the last 16 years, winning three Grey Cup championships over that time span. Prior to moving to Montreal, Popp was responsible for putting together the Baltimore Stallions, who went on to become the first American-based CFL team to win the Grey Cup in 1995.
“Twitter world says Popp just might have right stuff! Holy (expletive)!” concluded Irsay, whose search for a new GM for the Colts began earlier in the week with the firing of Chris Polian.
Popp signed a new deal with Montreal through the 2014 season, meaning the CFL club would have to agree to release him from its contract before he could head south of the border.
According to the Indianapolis Star, the other six candidates for the job include: Atlanta Falcons player-personnel director Les Snead; Falcons college scouting director David Caldwell; Philadelphia Eagles player-personnel director Ryan Grigson; New York Giants college scouting director Marc Ross; Dallas Cowboys assistant scouting director Tom Ciskowski; and Colts player-personnel director Tom Telesco.