The Los Angeles Rams have fired head coach Jeff Fisher one day after losing 42-14 at home to the Atlanta Falcons.
In an official statement from the Rams, owner Stan Kroenke said, ““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.”
In nearly five years with Fisher, the Rams amassed a record of 31-45-1 and never won more than seven games in a season. Fisher took over the Rams after Steve Spagnuolo, and while he made football for the organization relevant again, he was never able to surpass mediocrity.
The good news here is that the Rams did do what many thought they may not, and that was fire Fisher. He oversaw the move to Los Angeles and some thought he would be with the team until the new stadium opened in 2019, especially after the announced extension.
Fisher is fired and now it’s up to Kroenke to find the right coach to take over. How much confidence we should have in that, is still a big question mark.