New St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher addressed reporters here in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine for the first time as the leader of the Rams.
Fisher said his team will consider all options with the No. 2 overall pick. And he’s been in this position before. In his first year as head coach with the Tennessee Titans when the franchise was still in Houston the team had the No. 3 overall pick in 1995.
And the Titans made a pretty good choice, drafting Steve McNair out of Alcorn State.
There had been some speculation that the Rams would consider trading quarterback Sam Bradford after his disappointing sophomore season in 2011. But Fisher, who chose St. Louis over Miami largely because of Bradford’s presence on the Rams’ roster, put a rest to those rumors here at the combine.
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“That wouldn't be an option,” he said.
Similar to what Mike Holmgren experienced at the end of his tenure in Seattle, Fisher said the year off from football after leaving Tennessee helped give him time to reenergize and refocus before returning to the league.
“I recommend it,” Fisher said. “It's hard to do. But I felt like I was able to get away for a while which I thought was important. But I took advantage of the time off and really enjoyed myself.
“As things kind of wound down, Week 14, 15 that's when I started to get back involved in evaluating my options. But I feel great. I'm really looking forward to this new phase. This is a new chapter.”
And in terms of the NFC West, fisher said he’s looking forward to the challenge of unseating division champion San Francisco.
“Obviously, the success that the 49ers had was extraordinary, especially considering the circumstances where you've got a lockout and no time to install and you've got a first-year head coach that comes in and does that kind of job,” Fisher said. “It was outstanding. Seattle's very, very competitive. Arizona is just a few years away from being in a Super Bowl. So I think this division will stand on its own for a number of years now.”