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Rams hope to hire Fisher as coach and add young GM

The St. Louis Rams hope to hire former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher and pair him with a young general manager, league sources said Monday.

Fisher has been at the top of the Rams' head-coach wish list for some time as a replacement for Steve Spagnuolo, who was fired Monday, along with GM Billy Devaney. The Miami Dolphinsalso have asked Fisher to interview for their head-coaching vacancy.

Several league sources indicated the Rams have compiled a list of general manager candidates that includes up-and-coming personnel names. The goal is to hire Fisher and have him participate in the interviewing process to form a tandem with the new GM that would satisfy the veteran coach.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he would take a flexible approach in the hiring process and wouldn't necessarily hire a new GM before hiring a new coach.

According to the sources, Atlanta's Les Snead, Kansas City's Ray Farmer, Seattle's Will Lewis and Tennessee's Lake Dawson are among the top candidates for the GM position. Dawson worked with Fisher when he was coach of the Titans. Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff is involved in the process with Kroenke and has been helping put together a list of candidates.

Demoff's father, Marvin, is Fisher's longtime agent. Snead also is on the short list for the Oakland Raiders' general manager opening, along with Green Bay's Reggie McKenzie, Baltimore's Eric DeCosta and San Francisco's Tom Gamble.

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