The Los Angeles Rams announced that they’ve relieved Jeff Fisher from head coaching duties on Monday.
- Adam Schefter reports that Rams were debating making a move and ultimately decided to move on from Fisher today.
- Rand Getlin reports that the Rams are naming special teams coordinator John Fassel interim head coach.
The Rams released the following statement regarding the decision:
“Making a decision such as this – especially during the season – is one of the most difficult in sports,” said Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke. “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.”
This comes just a week after reports surfaced that the Rams signed Fisher to a one-year extension during the offseason. However, reports later mentioned that Fisher could still be fired, even after receiving the extension based on how the team played down the stretch.
Los Angles put together another terrible outing against the Falcons on Sunday and it appears as though it was the final straw for Rams’ ownership.
It’s worth mentioning that Rams GM Les Snead also received an extension from the team, so we’ll have to see what his status is after the regular season is over.
Previous reports have said that the Rams job could be coveted this offseason, given that they’re in an attractive market, have a young quarterback prospect and will have a brand new stadium in the coming years.
Since taking the job in 2012, Fisher led the Rams to a record of 31-45-1 (40.9 percent), which includes four straight seasons of less than eight wins and no playoff appearances.