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agree, it's simply not black and white

January 11, 2019 03:50AM
I was very glad when they hired him too. And plenty of friends/fans of other teams said to me at the time, "He gives the Rams instant credibility." And you know what? He did.

Taking a team that was 15-65 (.188) the previous five years- the worst five-year stretch in NFL history- and going 14-17-1 his first two years (.453) was a good (not great) coaching job. It was. They were an illegal formation call on Brandon Gibson away from 8-8 that first year. The Rams were competitive and a dangerous team to play. And then after losing Bradford again before 2014 started they still scratched and clawed to a 6-7 record. At that point Fisher was 20-24-1 (.456) with the Rams. But to me things dropped off fast from there. They lost their last three games of 2014 in ugly fashion- losing at home vs. the Drew Stanton Cardinals and coming unhinged vs the Giants at home. Both totally inexcusable.

In 2015 they start 2-2 and Foles starts off well- a 96.5 QB rating his first four starts- then he and the team fall off a cliff. At 4-8 they rattle off three window-dressing wins. Finish 7-9. It's at that point you realize Fisher has taken them as far as he ever will. He took them out of the abyss. But he could not take them to (or near) the mountain top.

And yeah, maybe he was kept in 2016 simply to manage the team move. Understandable. But also at that point he was being a "players' coach" and leading what was a very young team as if it were a group of 10-year veterans. A decent 3-1 start. But while he says he's not a QB coach he was responsible for setting up QBs for success and in 2016 especially he failed miserably. As the team leader that was on him. Goff being so 'deer in the headlights' was on him. The utterly embarrassing and pathetic loss to Atlanta in his final game with the Rams was on him.

So yeah, hiring Fisher was not terrible. He did do some good things for the team. I thought the 2012 and 2013 teams were pretty fun and I was able to be a proud Rams fan again. But his dismissal with 3 games left in 2016 was also his own doing.

  SI: Jeff Fisher Is More Than Your 7-9 Jokes

MamaRAMa421January 10, 2019 12:17PM

  Here is how my interview would go with Fisher for head coach

Rams_81135January 10, 2019 12:40PM

  Question #1

RamUK128January 10, 2019 01:01PM

  LMAO (nm)

JamesJM28January 10, 2019 01:01PM

  Re: Question #1

Speedball8962January 10, 2019 01:31PM

  How about....

PaulButcher5930January 11, 2019 04:38AM

  Re: SI: Jeff Fisher Is More Than Your 7-9 Jokes

BeachBoy75January 10, 2019 06:37PM

  agree, it's simply not black and white

LMU9343January 11, 2019 03:50AM

  What happened to Foles was this

Rams_8144January 11, 2019 04:08AM

  Re: agree, it's simply not black and white

303026January 11, 2019 05:19AM

  Jeff Fisher look in the mirror there is the problem

David Deacon48January 11, 2019 04:09AM

  100% and a lot like Rex Ryan...(NM)

PaulButcher5915January 11, 2019 04:30AM

  Agreed. I've seen so many guys like him as managers

RockRam44January 11, 2019 04:53AM

  the final straw

Hazlet Hacksaw24January 11, 2019 08:08AM

  I've met the man more than once

waterfield35January 11, 2019 10:11AM

  Re: I've met the man more than once

Razorback26January 11, 2019 10:46AM

  Sorry, but his behavior belies what's underneath.

RockRam25January 11, 2019 10:55AM

  Well-lets be honest (delete)

waterfield12January 11, 2019 11:42AM

  Well-lets be honest

waterfield18January 11, 2019 11:43AM

  Re: I read this yesterday

Speed_Kills41January 11, 2019 05:58AM

  Fisher is right where he should be

six2stack38January 11, 2019 09:16AM

  You must not have read the article

Razorback28January 11, 2019 10:00AM

  Okay, you got me

six2stack27January 11, 2019 10:32AM

  You got yourself

waterfield14January 11, 2019 11:49AM

  Re: Fisher is right where he should be

waterfield19January 11, 2019 11:47AM