For the first time in St. Louis Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher’s career, he’s fired a coordinator/coach in season. It’s obviously not ideal, and it certainly comes with the circumstances.
Those circumstances, simply, are a 4-8 record on the heels of a five game slide. And therefore, Fisher says, "we need to move in a different direction," specifically referring to offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. He went into specifics, as well.
The lack of production is obvious. We’ve been talking about if for weeks. And um, we need more production. Our rankings are there for you. You see where they are. You know, 18 touchdowns in 12 weeks just doesn’t give you a chance to win a lot of games. Seven of our 12 games, we’ve scored 13 points or less.
Sadly, he’s right about all of those things. But he doesn’t place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the recently fired coordinator. "Players contributed, coaches contributed, everybody contributed," Fisher said.
And then he said it again. And he wants you to know that the players - specifically - should be taking responsibility for Cignetti’s termination.
It’s fair. Frank Cignetti can’t single-handedly open up running lanes for Todd Gurley. He can’t go out there and catch passes. He can’t give Nick Foles better downfield vision.
But he can take responsibility. And it’s something he seemingly refuses to do.