Jim Harbaugh, then at Stanford, took one look at Stephen Ross' team and hired on with the San Francisco 49ers. That is something St. Louis Rams fans should keep in mind amid reports suggesting the Dolphins will not let the Rams outbid them for Jeff Fisher.
Fisher's history suggests money will not be decisive as long as the Rams are competitive with any offer. They can afford to be competitive, and then some, because their owner, Stan Kroenke, is a billionaire.
Fisher stayed in Tennessee for 16 years and worked under an owner, Bud Adams, not known for extravagance. Kroenke ranks just ahead of Ross and well ahead of Adams on Forbes' lists of billionaires -- not that a few million bucks for a head coach would tax any of them.
"The Dolphins are prepared to make Jeff Fisher the best financial offer of any team vying for the coach this winter," Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported, citing sources.
Sound familiar? It should.
"Ross is willing to make Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in the NFL," ESPN reported last offseason.
Ross, general manager Jeff Ireland and consultant Carl Peterson flew to California for a Harbaugh recruiting trip. Ireland and Peterson remain involved in the Dolphins' current search.
Fisher would likely participate in the hiring of a GM in St. Louis. Titans executives such as Lake Dawson or Ruston Webster would be logical candidates.
Seattle took that approach when naming Pete Carroll as coach, then landing John Schneider as GM -- after Carroll signed off. It's an appealing process for a veteran head coach familiar with how daily operations work.
Fisher and former Titans GM Floyd Reese weren't on the best terms as their time together in Tennessee ended. The same was true for Carroll when he was coaching the New England Patriots more than a decade ago.
I have a hard time envisioning Fisher running to Miami over money. He'll take the right situation and get paid well anyway.