Struggling Los Angeles Rams Fire Head Coach Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher
Jeff Fisher never had a winning season as head coach of the Rams. USA Today Sports via Reuters

The Los Angeles Rams on Monday fired longtime head coach Jeff Fisher. The team, which returned to Los Angeles after spending the previous 21 seasons in St. Louis, lost badly to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, 42-14, dropping their record to a disappointing 4-9. Fisher had been the team's coach since 2012.

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"Making a decision such as this—especially during the season—is one of the most difficult in sports," Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in statement. "I have great respect for Jeff as a coach, person, father and friend.

"He has worked tirelessly despite some challenging circumstances," Kroenke added. "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' first season back in Los Angeles has been a disappointment, but the news of Fisher's termination is surprising considering he recently signed a two-year contract extension. Though that news broke on December 4, the extension had been finalized prior to the 2016 season.

In addition to parting ways with Fisher, who finished below .500 and missed the playoffs in all four seasons with the team (not including 2016), the rookie quarterback who the Rams drafted first overall to be their franchise player, Jared Goff, has been an utter disappointment. The California grad has appeared in only four games, completing only about 50 percent of his passes while throwing four touchdowns against five interceptions.

As of Monday afternoon, the Rams have not named an interim coach. Their next game is Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks.

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