Associated Press
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2011, file photo, former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher watch the Detroit Lions practice at NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich. A person familiar with the decision says Jeff Fisher has accepted an offer to coach the St. Louis Rams. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, on condition of anonymity because the hiring hadn't been announced. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Almost two weeks after they put away the helmets and shoulder pads, the St. Louis Rams picked up their third win of a dismal season.

The Rams prevailed in a high stakes head-to-head competition with the Miami Dolphins and landed Jeff Fisher for their vacant head coaching job. The team said Friday it was finalizing a deal to hire the veteran coach who sat out the 2011 season after 17 years in Tennessee.

The 53-year-old Fisher interviewed twice with the Rams, once in Denver with owner Stan Kroenke and again in St. Louis when he toured facilities and met with quarterback Sam Bradford.

Fisher is widely considered the top prize in this winter's coaching-search sweepstakes.

RYAN VOWS TO CLEAN UP JETS: Jets coach Rex Ryan says embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez has the support of the organization, and he vows to clean up a team that was in turmoil late in the season. With some teammates and members of the organization anonymously questioning Sanchez's work ethic and leadership abilities in a Daily News story this week, Ryan came to his quarterback's defense.

HUNDREDS SHOVEL LAMBEAU: Hundreds of people have showed up to shovel snow at Lambeau Field ahead of Sunday's playoff game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. But hundreds more were turned away. Packers facilities manager Todd Edlebeck tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette that 450 people helped with shoveling, but nearly 800 were told they had to leave.