The Los Angeles Rams have fired their head coach, Jeff Fisher, after the team’s ninth loss of the season. The decision was announced during a press release on Monday. No announcement was made regarding the future of general manager Les Snead, who prior to this season, signed a contract extension through 2018; similar to Fisher’s.
The team has since announced that special teams coordinator John Fassel will take over as interim head coach. He is the son of former NFL coach Jim Fassel, and has been with the Rams for five years.
“Making a decision such as this – especially during the season — is one of the most difficult in sports,” said Rams owner Stan 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.”
Fisher will leave with a 4-9 record for the Rams so far this season, losing eight of the last nine games. The former head coach now has 165 career losses as a head coach, tying Dan Reeves for an NFL record amount.
Since joining the team in 2012, Jeff Fisher’s Rams have not done better than a 7-8-1 record per season. The team has also since been riddled with problems on offense as well as costly penalties.