Rams let Fisher go af­ter Sun­day rout

Coach tied for most losses in NFL history

The Denver Post - - SPORTS OFF & RUNNING -

los an­ge­les» Jeff Fisher’s ten­ure in Los An­ge­les didn’t last one full sea­son.

The Rams fired Fisher on Mon­day and el­e­vated spe­cial-teams co­or­di­na­tor John Fas­sel to in­terim coach. The Rams are 4-9 head­ing into Thurs­day night’s game at NFC West-lead­ing Seat­tle.

Fisher had been the team’s coach since 2012 and com­piled a 31-45-1 record with the Rams. He over­saw the move from St. Louis to Los An­ge­les this past off­sea­son.

The lack of suc­cess on the field, capped by a 42-14 home rout by At­lanta on Sun­day, spelled the end for Fisher, who is tied with Dan Reeves for most reg­u­lar-sea­son losses in NFL history with 165. Fisher has the low­est win­ning per­cent­age (.512) among coaches with 130-plus losses.

Los An­ge­les has scored a league-low 194 points this sea­son.

“Mak­ing a de­ci­sion such as this, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sea­son, is one of the most dif­fi­cult in sports,” Rams owner Stan 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.”

Fisher, 58, went 147-126 as coach of the Hous­ton Oil­ers/Ten­nessee Titans and helped that fran­chise in its re­lo­ca­tion.

Long re­spected in league cir­cles for his work on the NFL’s com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee, Fisher never found suc­cess — or a fran­chise quar­ter­back — with the Rams, who went 7-8-1, 7-9, 6-10 and 7-9 in his four full sea­sons.

They traded up for the first se­lec­tion in this year’s draft and took Cal­i­for­nia’s Jared Goff, but he rode the bench for much of the sea­son be­hind jour­ney­man Case Keenum as Los An­ge­les jumped out to a 3-1 start. Fisher fi­nally turned to Goff in Week 11 and the Rams have lost all four of his starts.

“Some of the per­for­mances the past few weeks have been a lit­tle bit more lop­sided,” said Kevin De­moff, the Rams’ ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent.

“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.”

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