Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Rams have, in fact, signed HC Jeff Fisher to a contract extension, despite a formal announcement from the team.
Adam Schefter confirms the report and adds that the Rams also signed GM Les Snead to an extension as well.
- Rapoport adds that Fisher actually agreed to his contract extension in the preseason and officially signed it during the season. According to Rapoport, Fisher’s new contract is believed to be a two-year extension.
- Schefter says that even with an extension, Fisher doesn’t have any more job security and his job will still be in danger, depending on how the team plays.
- Jason Cole points out that a two-year extension will take Fisher through until the opening of the new stadium in Inglewood.
Previous reports had said that an extension for Fisher was expected to come at some point this year, despite another disappointing season from the Rams. However, it looks like the Rams and Fisher got a deal done much sooner than anyone anticipated.
Rams COO Kevin Demoff mentioned earlier in the week that it’s “totally unfair” to judge Fisher solely based on his record with the team.
“Everybody will want to judge Jeff through the prism of just the record, but that’s totally unfair when you look at the set of circumstances he was handed this year,” Demoff said, via NFL.com. “It was different than any team in the NFL.
“We moved halfway across the country, then had OTAs in Oxnard. Training camp was in Irvine, now we’re in Thousand Oaks. We moved coaches and players and families. To provide leadership and consistency, he’s done a model job.”
A previous report mentioned that there was expected to be “extensive interest” in the Rams’ head coaching job and numerous agents were pushing their clients on the team because of the high-profile nature of the position.
Although, it appears as though the Rams will stick with Fisher for another year or so and see if he can turn things around.
Since taking the job in 2012, Fisher has led the Rams to a record of 31-43-1 (42 percent), which includes four straight seasons of less than eight wins and no playoff appearances.