On Monday, the Los Angeles Rams fires embattled head coach Jeff Fisher. The decision to fire Fisher was called by COO of the Rams Kevin Demoff an organizational failure and was one that was only performance related.
John Fassel, the son of Jim Fassel a longtime coach in the NFL, and the current special teams coordinator will become the interim coach for the team’s final three games. The first game Fassel will coach is Thursday night at Seattle.
General Manager Les Snead does not have any guarantee of his return after the season nor do any of the assistants under Fisher.
Demoff said at a news conference on Monday that beginning today the entire organization will come under review.
Demoff spoke with GM Snead and stressed that the team was not where it needed to be and everyone must own up to that as far as from the perspective of coaching, personnel and administration.
The firing of Fisher came 24 hours after the Rams were blowout at home by Atlanta 42-14. The loss was the third straight lopsided defeat and left the team with a record of 4-9.
Rams majority owner Stan Kroenke in a prepared statement said he had a great deal of respect for Fisher as a person, friend, father and coach. He thanked Fisher for his tireless work despite many challenging circumstances.
Nevertheless, Kroenke said it was the correct time to make the coaching change as the team’s performance did not live up to the fans or his expectations.
Los Angeles has lost eight of its last 9 games and will have a losing season for the tenth straight year.
Under the guidance of Fisher, the Rams never had a better season than 7-8-1. Starting in 2012, when Fisher took over the team has been ineffective on offense and committed numerous penalties.
Demoff said the team will start immediately to look for a new head coach. The Rams hope to have a coach in place before the middle of next month, but a timeline is not that set in stone.
Fassel will fill in as the interim coach in the meantime and said on Monday that he did not have enough time to show the front office how capable he is of being the head coach due to only having three games to coach the team.
Shortly after being told of his firing, Fisher spoke with his players and the team was hit hard by the news. Fisher upset the team’s fan base, but was highly respected by all his players.