The Rams, whom the Cardinals face Thursday night, are already improved under new coach Jeff Fisher. That was probably inevitable. Fisher came into St. Louis liking the owner and liking the fact the team already had a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford. The rest, he could make work, and he has his team at 2-2 — already equaling or surpassing the team’s win total in three of the previous four seasons, including last year’s 2-14 record.
“Clearly the past speaks for itself,” Fisher said in a conference call Tuesday morning. “It’s been a difficult few years. What you do, you move forward and let that go. From the time we started the offseason program to date, guys have a different type of expectation. They know you can’t fix this thing overnight. But they know if you work hard, study hard, you have a chance in every game.”
Fisher, indirectly, has helped the Cardinals too. It made sure Ray Horton remained in Arizona as defensive coordinator.
Fisher was the guy the Rams seemed to have targeted from the outset when St. Louis was looking for a coach this past offseason. He had a chance to go to Miami too, but the Rams waited for him to make a decision. Yet they did interview Horton for their head coaching job. The franchise did need to talk to a minority candidate to fulfill the Rooney Rule, and until Fisher made a choice, that may have been what Horton was. But there is little question Horton did and will draw interest as a head coaching candidate going forward if his defense keeps playing like it has.
Horton has said before he would like to be a head coach someday, although he wants to win a Super Bowl as a coordinator and said back in February he wasn’t in any particular hurry to leave for another gig. What would have happened if Fisher had picked the Dolphins? It’s interesting to ponder. (What would have Sunday’s game been like — anything like it turned out to be?) The Rams could have made a lot different for the Cards. Steve Keim, the Cards’ VP of player personnel, was considered for St. Louis’ vacant general manager’s job too.
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