LOS ANGELES, CA – Just one day after Rams head coach Jeff Fisher set the record for most losses by any coach in NFL history and roughly a week after it was made public the team had given their coach a 2-year contract extension, the LA Rams have fired Jeff Fisher.
The Los Angeles Rams have relieved Jeff Fisher from head coaching duties. Full statement to follow.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 12, 2016
The team shortly after released this statement on 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.”
The Rams fell to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in a loss where they saw more touchdowns scored in their stadium by another team in one game than they’e scored all season in the same building.
The loss marks the last of a disappointing tenure with the Rams, finishing 31-45-1 in five seasons after being brought over from the Tennessee Titans after being fired by them in 2011.
Rams special teams’ coordinator John Fassel will serve as interim head coach for the team’s Thursday night football game this week.