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NFL Franchise Notes: Did Mark Davis Make Coaching Change To Protect His Image?
Published January 12, 2012
CHANGE IN PERCEPTION: In Miami, Greg Cote writes the Dolphins need to "win" Jeff Fisher as their next coach for the “perception even more than for the reality.” The perception, “at least for Miami, is that the Dolphins are mismanaged by a star-struck, novice owner in Stephen Ross and by an inexperienced, lightweight general manager in Jeff Ireland.” Getting Fisher “won’t solve the QB reality holding this club back, but it would go a long way to mending the perception that hounds the Dolphins -- a perception only underlined a year earlier when Ross was rebuffed in his play for Jim Harbaugh.” Fisher joining would “enhance the club’s turned-ragged image.” Dolphins fans “at this point need experience and proof to hold onto” (MIAMI HERALD, 1/12).
BEAR SEASON: ESPN CHICAGO’s Wright & Dickerson noted the Bears in their search for a new GM “received permission to interview" Chiefs Dir of College Scouting Phil Emery, Patriots Dir of Pro Personnel Jason Licht, Chargers Dir of Player Personnel Jimmy Raye and Giants Director of College Scouting Marc Ross. A source said Raye and Ross "are high on (the Bears') short list." In addition, Bears Dir of Player Personnel Tim Ruskell “remains under consideration” (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 1/11).