EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Rumors and speculation about the annual coaching carousel don't usually begin floating around until at least October.
But hey, I saw Christmas lights and trees already up and for sale in the store the other day, which goes to show that things seem to be starting earlier and earlier every year (unless maybe those lights have been up all year?).
So it is that the coaching rumors began swirling Monday, and the name of Rams coach Jeff Fisher just so happened to pop up. With unrest growing every day in Los Angeles about the performance (or lack thereof) of USC head coach Lane Kiffin, fans are looking for a bigger and better name. Fisher, of course, would more than qualify for both categories and the connection to the Trojans is obvious: He is a former player and an alumnus.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum tweeted that he'd heard Fisher's name tossed out there by ESPN college football writer Ted Miller.
Ted Miller of ESPN said Jeff Fisher would likely be favorite to replace Lane Kiffin. Also, Bobby Petrino might be considered.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 9, 2013
Fellow ESPN college football reporter Travis Haney followed by echoing those sentiments.
That's a name I heard in Aug in LA. MT @finebaum: Ted Miller of ESPN said Jeff Fisher would likely be favorite to replace Lane Kiffin.
— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) September 9, 2013
Now, I have little doubt that USC would love to have Fisher, and if the school does have a working list (most athletic directors have some semblance of one at all times), I'm sure Fisher is at or near the top of it. Fisher would be a grand-slam hire for the Trojans, and I'm sure USC would try to gather as many Brinks trucks as possible to try to lure him away from the Rams.
That doesn't mean it's going to happen, though. Fisher has a great situation in St. Louis, with an emerging young team and a $7 million annual salary. Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch laid out the many reasons why Fisher to USC is an extremely long shot. At best.
I can't say I disagree with any of those points. It would come as a major surprise if Fisher had any interest in going to college, even his alma mater, at this point in his career. Again, I'm sure USC would love to make a run at Fisher, but I'd love to go out with Minka Kelly, too. Some things in life are simply a one-way street.
Our daily roundup of what we had right here in this space yesterday. ... We started with the release of the weekly ESPN Power Rankings and took a look at the Rams staying put at No. 15. ... From there, we had this story about the Rams lamenting the missed opportunities they had to cash in turnovers against Arizona in Week 1. The Rams know they got away with it in the victory but must be better about converting takeaways into touchdowns moving forward. ... The Rams made a small roster move Tuesday, releasing linebacker Jonathan Stewart to pave the way for running back Isaiah Pead's return from suspension. ... Finally, we took a quick spin around the team's unofficial depth chart and took a look at how Pead may fit in his first week back.
Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch took a deeper look into tight end Jared Cook's history-making day against the Cardinals.
Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch delved into the brief scare the Rams got from offensive linemen Jake Long and Rodger Saffold in the opener.