DAVIE, Fla. — 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, and Ross is willing to pay big money, but competition from other NFL teams may be fierce.
The Buccaneers and Rams fired their coaches on 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.
The Dolphins caught a break when the Chargers said Tuesday they'll keep coach Norv Turner. Fisher, a Southern California native, likely would have found the San Diego job appealing.
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.
However, his most recent playoff victory came in January 2004. His most recent winning record was in 2008 when the Titans squandered the No. 1 seed in the AFC by losing in the divisional round.
The Dolphins (6-10) missed the playoffs for the ninth time in the past 10 years. The losing season was their third in a row, the franchise's longest such stretch since the 1960s.
BEARS FIRE GM: Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo has been fired following a team collapse marked by injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Forte and a drug scandal involving receiver Sam Hurd.
Tuesday's announcement ends Angelo's 11-year reign in which the Bears reached one Super Bowl and advanced to another NFC championship game. He leaves with a questionable draft record and an inability to fill glaring holes, particularly on offense.
His dismissal comes after an erratic season in which the Bears finished 8-8 after looking at one point like a playoff lock. A five-game losing streak spoiled a 7-3 start and kept Chicago out of the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.
TURNER, SMITH TO RETURN TO CHARGERS: San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos has decided to keep coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith despite the team missing the playoffs for the second straight season amid increasing fan discontent.
Spanos made his decision Tuesday, two days after the Chargers finished 8-8 by beating Oakland to keep the Raiders out of the playoffs.
Turner is 49-31 in five years in San Diego but only 3-3 in the playoffs. He is 107-113-1 in three stints as a head coach, including with Washington and Oakland. Both of those teams fired him.
San Diego went 4-1 at the beginning and end of the season but was undone by a six-game losing streak in the middle. One more win would have earned the Chargers the AFC West title.
Smith has come under fire for the erosion of talent from a roster that at one time was considered among the NFL's best.
REID STILL THE MAN IN PHILLY: Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie says coach Andy Reid will return for his 14th season in Philadelphia, though he left open the possibility for changes on the coaching staff.
Lurie called this 8-8 season the "most disappointing" of his ownership. He also used words like "dismal," "unfathomable," "ludicrous," and "terrible" to describe it.
Reid has led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six NFC East titles, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl loss in 13 seasons. Lurie says he considered Reid's track record, both long-term and short-term, and his intangibles when deciding to keep him.
Team president Joe Banner and general manager Howie Roseman also will return. Lurie says Reid has final say on all moves, and will decide whether to make changes on his staff.