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L.A. Rams fire coach Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher gets extension with Rams
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The L.A. Rams (4-9) fired head coach Jeff Fisher Monday, after no playoff appearances in five seasons with the team. 

Fisher tied the NFL record for all-time losses with Sunday’s 42-14 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Rams lost eight of the last nine games in the franchise’s first season since relocating back to Los Angeles. 

Rams owner Stan Kroenke said the decision to let go of Fisher was difficult. He said he had respect for Fisher as a coach, person and friend via a statement.

The Rams play a Thursday night game against the Seattle Seahawks this week. Therefore, they will not have a lot of time to mourn the loss of Fisher.

Special teams coordinator John Fassel will serve as the team’s interim coach for the final three games of the season. Fassel was selected over Dave McGinnis and Gregg Williams, who both have head coaching experience on the current staff.

Fassel does not have head coaching experience, but he said he will do his best to help the team.

Players like Rams quarterback Jared Goff blamed themselves for Fisher’s firing. Goff said they did not do enough to keep their coach’s job.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald said he was shocked by the news via the L.A. Times. Donald got emotional talking about the coach that drafted him.

Rams COO Kevin Demoff said that the team thought it was time to make a change based on performance, according to ESPN. He said the move was not designed to appease fans in the short moment.

Added, Demoff said that the Rams will be an attractive head coaching opening via the same news conference. He said that the future hire is big for helping the Rams win, which will gain fans’ trust back. The Rams executive said L.A. will consider coaches from all ranges of experience.

Fisher, 58, was in the fifth year of a contract that paid him about $7 million a season. Fisher had signed a two-year contract extension with the Rams before or during the season, but it was not announced until a few weeks ago. He is expected to reach a buyout.

The Rams former coach also had a public dispute with Rams legend Eric Dickerson earlier this season. There was also a report from the MMQB.com that suggested Fisher and Rams general manager Les Snead did not get along.

These issues added to losing performances made it time for Fisher to go, according to CBS Sports.

Fisher never had a winning record with the Rams, and he finished his tenure with a 31-45-1 overall record with the team. Fisher is 173-165-1 in 22 seasons as a head coach in the NFL. 

 

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