Los Angeles Rams fire coach Fisher

By Joe Rodgers 12 December 2016 175
Los Angeles Rams fire coach Fisher

Despite signing a two-year extension before this season, Jeff Fisher has been fired by the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced on Monday. 

The Atlanta Falcons steamrolled Fisher's Rams on Sunday, forcing five turnovers in a 42-14 victory at the L.A. Coliseum. The loss tied Fisher with Dan Reeves for the most by a coach in NFL history with 165. 

He will not have a shot to break the record, at least with the Rams. 

"Making a decision such as this - especially during the season — is one of the most difficult in sports," Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a release. 

"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."

The Rams, who were eliminated from playoff contention with Sunday's loss, fell to 4-9 to ensure a fifth straight losing season under Fisher. The Rams have not had a winning season since 2003. 

The Rams began this season 3-1, but have lost eight of nine since with the NFL's lowest-scoring offense. They next face the Seahawks on Thursday in Seattle.

Fisher is 173-165-1 as an NFL head coach but has had just six winning seasons in 22 years. He has won seven games in a season five times and gone 8-8 another five times, but did take the Tennessee Titans to the Super Bowl in 1999.

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