- The Washington Times - Monday, December 12, 2016

The Los Angeles Rams fired head coach Jeff Fisher on Monday afternoon.

The firing comes one day after a 42-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons that dropped the Rams’ record to 4-9 in their first season in Los Angeles after moving from St. Louis.

The Rams have lost eight of nine after starting the season 3-1 with the NFL’s lowest scoring offense. The Rams have scored a league-low 194 points. The Rams traded up for the first overall pick in last April’s NFL Draft and chose California’s Jared Goff. However, Goff didn’t make his debut until Week 11 and the Rams lost all four of his starts.

“Some of the performances the past few weeks have been a little bit more lopsided,” Rams executive vice president Kevin Demoff said. “I think that’s what really tipped it. This is solely a performance-related issue. For the fans, for the players, for the coaches, for the organization we wanted to make sure games like (Sunday) didn’t happen again.”

Rams special teams coordinator John Fassel will be the interim coach. Fassel is the son of former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel.

The Rams were eliminated from playoff contention after Sunday’s loss. Fisher is tied with Dan Reeves for most losses by a coach in NFL history with 165. 

“Making a decision such as this - especially during the season - is one of the most difficult in sports,” Rams owner/chairman E. Stanley Kroenke said. “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.”

Fisher’s firing comes just a few months after the Rams signed him to a two-year contract extension in the offseason.

The Rams hired Fisher in 2012. He has a record of 31-45-1 in nearly five seasons. The Rams have now had 10 straight losing seasons.

In 22 seasons as a head coach, Fisher’s record is 173-165-1, but only six winning seasons.  He coached the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans for 17 seasons from 1994-2010 and had a 142-120 record. Fisher led the Titans to the 1999 AFC Championship.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.



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