The Rams staggered the football world on Monday evening by terminating head mentor Jeff Fisher. The move comes only a couple of months in the wake of giving him a two-year contract extension, which he marked just before the begin of the 2016 season.
The 58-year-old has been the group’s head mentor since 2012. In that time, Fisher has gathered a 31-45-1 record with no playoff appearances. A Fisher-drove group has not had a winning record since 2008, when he guided the Titans to a 13-3 record.
On Thursday, the Rams (4-9) go to Seattle to confront the Seahawks.
Fisher appears to have left the Rams no other decision. In the midst of reports of dissention between the front office and honing staff, the group was throttled by the Atlanta Falcons at home on Sunday, 42-14. That took after a loss to the Dolphins, a 49-21 loss to the Saints and a 26-10 loss to the Patriots where the team barely managed to cross midfield.
“Making a decision such as this — especially during the season — is one of the most difficult in sports,” said Rams Owner Stanley Kroenke. “I have great respect for Jeff as a coach, person, father and friend.
“He has worked energetically notwithstanding some difficult conditions. He assumed a vital part in helping this group leave a mark on the world in giving back the NFL to Los Angeles, and we generally will be appreciative for his dedication and commitment to our association.
“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.”
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