Jeff Fisher should not have a job right now. At least, not as the head coach of an NFL team. Yet, for some unbeknownst reason, the Los Angeles Rams continue to give Fisher chance after chance.
Fisher has been at the helm with the Rams since 2012, and the team has finished with a losing record in every year of that span. However, Rams owner Stan Kroenke continues to hold onto Fisher, who just inked a contract extension through the 2018 season.
Despite the fact that the Rams just moved back to L.A. and should be desperate to establish a legitimate fan base with several other NFL teams potentially relocating to Los Angeles in the near future, Kroenke evidently does not feel the need to bring in fresh blood at the head coaching position.
Perhaps, it is because of Fisher’s gradual rebuilding of the Oilers/Titans franchise in the ’90s, which eventually resulted in a Super Bowl appearance in the ’99 season that, coincidentally enough, resulted in a loss to the Rams. Perhaps, it is because Fisher is working well behind the scenes with rookie quarterback Jared Goff. Perhaps, it is because there are not any potential replacements on the coaching scene that intrigue Kroenke.
Whatever the reason, it is definitely baffling many of the Rams faithful, including Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, an all-time great for the Rams. Considering that the Rams have not reached the playoffs since 2004, that frustration is understandable.
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For what it is worth, Kroenke also opted to extend general manager Les Snead’s deal through 2018, as well, and that might be an even more puzzling move than the extension of Fisher. All in all, the Rams are one of the NFL’s lowliest franchises right now, and, even though the move from St. Louis to Los Angeles was expected to revitalize the organization and push the team in a new direction, the Rams are just as frustrating this season as they have been for over a decade now.
Like Dickerson said, Fisher is probably not the answer to the Rams’ problems. The Rams need an innovative young mind, like Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins, to take charge and turn things around. Because a perennial 7-9 team with a carousel of sub-par quarterbacks is not going to take well to a Los Angeles community that is used to winning, and Kroenke needs to realize that before it is too late.