TUESDAY, 8:52am: The Rams are also exploring an extension for general manager Les Snead, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
MONDAY, 6:43pm: Jeff Fisher is entering the final season of the five-year contract he signed with the Rams when he became their head coach in 2012, but it doesn’t look as if he’ll be a lame duck for long. Fisher and the Rams are currently engaged in talks to extend the contracts of him and his coaching staff, reports Nick Wagoner of ESPN (Twitter link). There’s no word yet on possible length or financial compensation for Fisher, who is currently among the NFL’s highest-paid coaches at $7MM annually.
Fisher is the latest NFC coach who is reportedly discussing an extension with his club, joining division rival Pete Carroll (Seahawks), the Saints’ Sean Payton and the Panthers’ Ron Rivera. There’s one obvious difference between Fisher and that trio, however: They’ve done plenty of winning during their respective tenures, while he hasn’t.
In his four years at the helm of the Rams, Fisher’s teams have compiled a 27-36-1 record and have never gone .500 or better during an individual campaign. The Rams finished 7-9 last season during their St. Louis swan song, which was the third time they’ve won seven games under Fisher.
Prior to joining the Rams, Fisher experienced success atop the Titans organization, going 142-120 in 17 years and helping lead the club to six playoff appearances and a Super Bowl XXXIV berth to conclude the 1999-2000 season. Of course, the Titans lost that game, 23-16, to Fisher’s present-day employer, the Rams.
In the event Fisher and the Rams do agree to an extension, it wouldn’t necessarily guarantee his job status beyond next season. If the team doesn’t show improvement in the first season of its return to Los Angeles, owner Stan Kroenke could go in another direction and eat whatever money Fisher has remaining on his deal.
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