The Los Angeles Rams are floundering at 4-9 after a somewhat surprising 3-1 start.
In what is (but really shouldn't be) shocking news, the Rams front office has now finally had enough of everybody's favorite used car salesman, head coach Jeff Fisher.
Official news on firing of HC Jeff Fisher: pic.twitter.com/nNDbPFM1jK— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 12, 2016
In a blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Fisher tied Dan Reeves for the most losses by any head coach in NFL history with 165. This of course came in a game where the Falcons scored more touchdowns in one game in Los Angeles than the Rams did in the entire season up to this point.
That occurred with Julio Jones in street clothes and Devonta Freeman racking up six yards on six attempts. That is absolutely ridiculous, but the firing of Fisher is still somewhat of a surprise considering how much lease Fisher was inexplicably granted by Rams owner Stan Kroenke.
Since 2012 when he joined the Rams organization, Fisher has posted records of 7-8-1, 7-9, 6-10, 7-9, and now 4-9 up to today’s firing. Case Keenum’s middling (at best) play at QB held the Rams offense back at first, and now QB Jared Goff’s struggles were probably what ultimately spelled the end for Hollywood Jeff in his hometown.
Goff clearly wasn't ready to play, and his development seemed to be held back by a subpar coaching staff. The Rams will likely now look to bring in an offensive head coach to maximize his potential in the vein of Miami getting the best out of Ryan Tannehill thanks to Adam Gase.
This should mean that both New England and Atlanta offensive coordinators Josh McDaniels and Kyle Shanahan should be very much in play.
As for Fisher’s future, it’s a bit murky moving forward. He was considered a great head coach when leading the Tennessee Titans as a rival of the Baltimore Ravens back in the AFC central division. That was a long time ago however, and it’s hard to imagine any team taking a chance on him in the immediate future, at least in a head coaching capacity.