Jeff Fisher has been fired from his position as the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. Fisher, since taking over in 2012, has gone 31-45-1 as the Rams head coach. As of his last game as head coach, a 42-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, 42-14, Fisher now has 165 losses on his career, which means he is tied with Dan Reeves for the most losses in NFL history. The loss secured a fifth straight losing season for the Rams. The firing comes one week after the surprise announcement that the Los Angeles Rams had signed Fisher to a contract extension through 2018.
Via NBC Sports:
Jeff Fisher, whose job security became baffling as he led the Rams through years of mediocrity, was fired today as the team’s head coach. The team announced the move this afternoon.
Fisher was fired after perhaps the single ugliest loss of his coaching tenure, a brutal blowout at the hands of the Falcons on Sunday that ensured he would have his fifth consecutive losing record at the helm of the team.
Now the question is who Rams owner Stan Kroenke will find to lead his team in Los Angeles going forward. Kroenke is more focused on building a stadium than on building a football team, but if he can’t find someone who can help his team win, he’s not going to fill his stadium.
Fisher clearly wasn’t the answer, and now he’s out.
If you think about it, it’s actually nice of the Rams that they fired Fisher before Thursday’s game against the Seahawks. You know they’re going to lose that game, and that loss would have pushed Fisher ahead of Reeves of the NFL’s all-time losingest coach. Assuming he never gets another head coaching job (and he shouldn’t), Fisher ends his career one loss shy of infamy.
Statement from Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke:
“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.”
[h/t NBC Sports]