The St. Louis Rams ultimately hired Head Coach Jeff Fisher based on how they thought he could coach the team in terms of Xs and Os, but it doesn’t hurt that he is a pretty solid recruiter. After the Rams two big signings of both center Scott Wells and defensive lineman Kendall Langford, the team is well on its way to rebuilding.
For Wells, his former team, the Green Bay Packers, were close behind the Rams in the race to sign him, but in the end he went with St. Louis. In an interview with the Washington Post, Wells said: “Green Bay was definitely a player and that was a tough decision. But in the end I feel like St. Louis is the best fit for me right now. I think coach Fisher is going to step in and do an outstanding job.”
Chalk one up for Fisher there in convincing a player that his system is the one that will work and that a 2-14 team from a year ago is a better fit than a club that began the 2011 campaign with 13 straight victories. Langford also called Fisher the “icing on the cake” for why he chose the Rams as his destination. Even though defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is in hot water currently, Langford also cited him as a reason to choose St. Louis as he said: “Everywhere the guy’s been, he’s been in the top 10, so you kind of know what you’re getting. His system works and he has a Super Bowl ring to prove it.”
Signing Cortland Finnegan on the first day of free agency turned out to be just a prequel for the action to come with the Rams this offseason. Fisher in tandem with General Manager Les Snead landed a number of potential impact players that could turn this team around in a heartbeat. If the recruiting mentality of passion carries over onto the playing field, this could be the start of something big for the Rams’ franchise.