L.A. Rams fire coach Jeff Fisher
After four seasons of futility, the Los Angeles Rams have fired head coach Jeff Fisher, Fisher came to the Rams in 2012 after a 17 year run with the Tennessee Titans. The final blow was a 42-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. It was the team’s eighth loss in nine games
In Fisher’s four seasons with the Rams, he only produced a record of 31-45-1 and he was not able to bring the team to a wining record in any of them.
The Rams peaked in Fisher’s first season, going 7-8-1. They’ve been a typical middle-of-the-road Fisher team since, posting a pair of 7-9s to go with this year’s 4-9 record. The Rams faced ridicule after offering Fisher a two-year extension the offseason, but the franchise decided to part ways after Sunday’s blowout loss
“Making a decision such as this – especially during the season — is one of the most difficult in sports,” owner Stan Kroenke said in statement. “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.”
The team announced that special teams coordinator John Fassel has been named interim coach. The son of longtime NFL coach Jim Fassel has been with the team for five years..