Jeff Fisher landed at the Miami Dolphins’ complex Tuesday. Now the question is whether the Dolphins will land Fisher.
Fisher interviewed for their head coaching job Tuesday, arriving via owner Stephen Ross’ helicopter. He flew off several hours later.
Fisher is believed to be the Dolphins’ top choice, but competition from other NFL teams may be fierce.
The Buccaneers and Rams fired their coaches Monday, increasing to five the number of coaching vacancies. The Rams’ vice president and chief operating officer, Kevin Demoff, happens to be the son of Fisher’s agent, Marvin Demoff.
Fisher appears to be the highest-profile candidate available. He coached the Titans franchise for 17 years and led Tennessee to the 2000 Super Bowl. He stepped down a year ago as the league’s longest-tenured coach, saying he needed a break, and sat out the 2011 season.
The Dolphins fired Tony Sparano last month with three games to go in his fourth season as their coach. They satisfied the NFL’s Rooney rule requiring an interview with a minority candidate when they met Monday with interim coach Todd Bowles.
Fisher has a career record of 142-120 (.542). He led his team to at least 12 wins four times. He coached more games for one franchise than all but six coaches, all Hall of Famers.
The Dolphins (6-10) missed the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 years.
In other coaching and personnel news:
• Andy Reid will return for his 14th season as Eagles coach despite owner Jeffrey Lurie calling the 8-8 season “unacceptable.”
• The Bears said coach Lovie Smith will be retained but fired general manager Jerry Angelo.
• Chargers president Dean Spanos said coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will return despite the team missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
• The Vikings elevated vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman to general manager.
The Saints placed rookie running back Mark Ingram (toe) and former Seahawks linebacker Will Herring (knee) on injured reserve, ending their seasons. … First-year Browns coach Pat Shurmur said he plans to hire an offensive coordinator. Shurmur, saying he couldn’t find the right guy before the season, called the plays for the Browns. Shurmur also wouldn’t commit to Colt McCoy being his starting quarterback next season. … The NFL is looking into an obscene gesture Jets linebacker Bart Scott made toward a photographer. … The Associated Press and the NFL will announce the annual league awards, including Most Valuable Player, in a two-hour prime-time special, “NFL Honors,” to air on NBC on Super Bowl eve, Feb. 4.