Well I’ll be damned!!!
Former Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher, is finally officially the former head coach. It’s not that you root for people to lose their jobs, but well, essentially that’s what it has come to...
Simply put, Fish has done a terrible job, and it’s been time to move on for a while now. Me personally, I never thought the hiring was a good idea. I thought at the very best he would give the fans a sort of formidable team that would compete in games, and come away with a few big wins a season. But ultimately never saw anything more than mediocrity. And that is about what the Rams fans got, at least in the beginning.
However, the team has gotten progressively worse, with each passing season. The offensive output has gotten so bad, and has slowly but surely fallen year after year, until finally it has bottomed out.
The Rams rank dead last in yards on offense this season as well as points scored and first downs. In 2015, the Rams finished 29th in both yards and points scored, and last in first downs. In 2014, the team finished 21st in points scored, 28th in yards, and 27th in first downs. You can see the trend here...
However, that wasn’t enough to fire Jeff Fisher. In fact, it only proved to be enough to give him an extension. No, it wasn’t until recent weeks with a series of events and statements that really pushed the envelop on his firing.
It began with the public issue between he and Former L.A. Rams RB Eric Dickerson. From there it sort of snowballed with one thing after another. He later said in a post game interview, that the wins and losses fall on his shoulders, but the offensive struggles are out of his control. He did not reject credit for defensive and special teams success but only the offensive failures. He then — only one day later — began to take shots at Rams GM Les Snead. Fisher said “I look at this as being my responsibility, the win-loss record. We need to do a better job from a personnel standpoint. We’ve had some unfortunate things take place with some high picks in Stedman Bailey and Tre Mason and those kinds of things you don’t anticipate”, ultimately saying Snead needs to do a better job, but also telling his team they are not good enough players to win with. But the final straw was getting blown out at home by the Atlanta Falcons, and the comments by players after the game. It was clear he lost his locker room.
It has been said since long before the Rams returned to the “City of Angels”, that a losing product would not last in the market. And with the recent losing streak the stadium was losing fans quickly, after setting records in attedance to start the season. But to make matters worst, the blow out loss to the Falcons caused fans to began to clear out the stadium fairly early in the second half. It’s a humiliating scene for any organization of any sport.
Yes, this was at the very least a foregone conclusion following the loss the Falcons. Couple the last few weeks with a severe lack of production on the field, and you can say this is something probably should have happened in the middle of the third quarter.
Now here we are. The Rams are officially in the market for a new coach. The list of candidates will be long, and the Rams get to start to evalauate prospects early considering they made the move when they did. However, due to NFL rules interviews cannot begin to take place until the post season.
To anyone that feels this move was harsh, well sorry to tell you, but you’ve been fooled by the Jeff Fisher kool-aid. You’re drunk on the juice, and to be really honest you might not care about winning enough. It’s time for a serious look in the mirror and ask the question, “what the hell do I really want from this franchise”.
As for you fans that are ecstatic about this move, get ready for a bumpy ride. Nerves will be on edge as the search for a HC can be one of more stressful ones that fans can endure. Becasue you know if you get it wrong — much like the Jeff Fisher hiring — you will lose valuable years.
So get ready fans, it’s going to be a very interesting next couple of months...