Rams Fire Jeff Fisher

The Rams have fired head coach Jeff Fisher, according to a team announcement. Special teams coordinator John Fassel serve as interim head coach, NFL reporter Rand Getlin tweets. Jeff Fisher (vertical)

On Sunday, the Rams were crushed by the Falcons as Fisher tied for the most losses of any NFL head coach in league history. He is now deadlocked with Dan Reeves with 165 career losses. Reeves, meanwhile, has 190 career wins while Fisher has only 173. In his 22 years of coaching, Fisher has made the playoffs only six times.

Making a decision such as this – especially during the season – is one of the most difficult in sports,” said Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a 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.”

Just over one week ago, the Rams formally announced an extension for Fisher to take him through 2017 with an option for 2018. The newly-minted deal may provide Fisher some form of a severance package now that he has been let go.

This, of course, is a lost season for the Rams and a bad start for the franchise in their brand new market. The Rams were not a popular playoff pick given their question marks at the quarterback position, but few expected them to struggle this badly. Someday, Jared Goff may prove to be a top quarterback, but he sat for the first half of the season and he has looked green ever since taking over the starting job.

It’s not immediately clear what Fisher’s dismissal will mean for GM Les Snead. As of this writing, Snead still has his job, so he may be given an opportunity to turn things around this spring. Rams COO Kevin Demoff will address the media later today.

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32 comments on “Rams Fire Jeff Fisher

    • Strauss

      Hahahahahahahahahahaa! Great business decision, extend him then fire him. He was terrible anyway and why they didn’t can him earlier I’ll never know. I’ll bet the people in St. Louis are laughing.

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      • stryk3istrukuout

        I’m in St. Louis. I think we’ve been confused for a couple of years now.

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      • Vedder80

        We are laughing. I hope the extension was lucrative and Kroenke has to eat a ton.

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  1. Thank god! I’m sure with the new extension he just signed, they will owe him a couple more million then they would. Rams are a disaster!

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    • jim31762

      He got the new deal earlier in the year. It was just announced last week.

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  2. chupas85

    He got an extension before the season started. We didn’t find out about it until recently because someone leaked the story

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  3. ThePriceWasRight

    this shows just how out of touch Stan the Man is.

    “This was the right time”? You have a game Thursday in Seattle. of course give an interim guy 3 days to prepare.

    The Rams are just as dysfunctional as the Browns.

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    • TJECK109

      I think Kroenke is more concerned about maximizing profits from his new stadium than he is the Rams.

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      • JD396

        I have never heard any fan base in any sport say anything but this about their owner when anything at all goes awry.

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    • Vedder80

      He is not, and should not ever, be referred to as Stan the Man. That is incredibly disrespectful to just about everyone ever named Stanley, particularly Kroenke’s namesake, to lump him in with all of the other Stans in this world.

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  4. julyn82001

    I thought he was close to winning a super bowl when in Tennessee. Things just don’t happen sometimes. Best of luck to him.

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  5. dtrainriotmaker

    Just an average coach at best . The Rams have a few pieces but are still a few years away . And just wait to find coach tell off season there will be better choices then

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  6. ejw032

    Les Snead has to be the next to go. You should not fire one without the other and Snead has been the guy to provide the talent or is responsible, in large part, for the lack of talent.

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    • Vedder80

      If you don’t think Fisher made just about every personnel decision I have a bridge I would like to sell you.

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      • You dont think Stan the man was in on the personnel decisions?

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  7. ejw032

    As for Stan, he appears a bit detached from things and also perhaps a bit clueless as to what type of professional management and coaching leadership is needed to turn around a franchise that’s been run into the ground.

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  8. I Call it like I See It

    Been reading some reports that the extension he signed is a team option. So probably like most coaches who are fired usually have a year left on their contract as a severance type of package. Probably only next year is guaranteed, with the Rams holding an option on the last year.
    Still doesn’t look good to announce an extension then less than 2 weeks later fire the guy, and say the time was right.

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  9. Paul Molitor

    Downright the best head coach ever. Why would they fire him. That’s so stupid

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  10. Kia Sportage Off-roader

    The game passed him up about a decade ago. How he hung around and stole millions from his bosses, no one knows.

    Enjoy your forced retirement from coaching Jeff.

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  11. HaloShane

    LA Rams and the LA Angels. Both are arguably the worst organization in their sport. Well…. the Angels are so lost…. that they don’t even realize that they are not even in LA nor LA County.

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    • Kia Sportage Off-roader

      Don’t forget the NFL has the Cleveland Browns, San Fran 49ers, and Chicago Bears. They are all pathetic and embarrassing. I think the Browns are the worst run franchise in all of sports.

      The Angels aren’t the Marlins lol. They’re a disaster. Also there’s the Mariners, Twins, Brewers, Rockies to name a few. The Phillies were too but after years of going downhill and further ruining their farm system, finally seem destined to return to mediocrity.

      If the Angels truly want an immediate boost…….trade Mike Trout. He would bring back a bigger return than possibly anyone in the history of the game. He’s a beast but he’s also the most valuable player in the game – on the field and in terms of trade value.

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      • bsteady powers

        Agreed. Except Trout’s return would have to be so large, that it would probably take a 3 team trade to get it done.

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  12. SD Speak For Myself

    The Rams next coach: Nick Saban! Next to Belichick, he is best football coach. Kroenke has the ability to pay him $12 M…or whatever it takes. If I am investing $2B in a stadium, I am having the best coach. Forget Harbaugh!

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