Apparently, the two year extension Jeff Fisher reportedly signed at the beginning of the 2016 season didn’t weigh into the decision to fire him.
The Rams announced on Monday that Fisher had been released from his contract as Head Coach. The firing came off the heels of an absolutely embarrassing thrashing by the Falcons in front of a less-than-half full LA Memorial Coliseum. The Falcons scored six touchdowns en route to a 42-14 rout of the Rams. The six touchdowns the Falcons scored in one game in LA is more than the five the Rams have scored at home all season.
The stadium was scattered with fans holding out for hope; a far cry from the 90,000 plus that filled the stadium for the first preseason game in LA.
Owner Stan Kroenke released a statement shortly after the firing was announced:
“Making a decision such as this – especially during the season – is one of the most difficult in sports. I have great respect for Jeff as a coach, person, father and friend.
He has worked tirelessly despite some challenging circumstances. He played an integral role in helping this team make history in returning the NFL to Los Angeles, and we always will be grateful for his commitment and dedication to our organization.
However, this is the right time to make a change as our performance has not lived up to my or our fans’ expectations. We all are focused on improving as an organization and building a team that makes Los Angeles proud. Our mission is to celebrate a Super Bowl title with our fans in Los Angeles. Today is the first step to bringing us closer to that goal.”
Fisher went 34-45-1 in his five seasons with the Rams, never finishing above .500 and cementing his already prevalent yet shameful legacy as a mediocre coach who has brief flashes of brilliance.
Fisher was in his 20th season as an NFL head coach, split between 15 and a half seasons as the coach of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, and the five spent with the Rams. In those 20 years of coaching, Fisher tied the record for most losses by any head coach in a career, with the irony that he was fired a mere three days before he would have likely broken the record not being lost on many reporters and Internet commentators.
John Fassel, the Rams Special Team Coordinator, will take over coaching duties for the rest of the season, with his first task being to prepare a team to play with a new coach in only two and a half days.
Insiders are reporting that the Rams will be looking for an offensive mind to be the next head coach, and that LA will be the hottest destination for possible coaches.