Now-former Rams coach Jeff Fisher walking off the field at the Coliseum for what would be the last time after a 42-14 pasting by the Atlanta Falcons. Photo courtesy of ramblinfan.com
AND WHAT I THINK L.A’S RESURRECTED NFL TEAM SHOULD DO NEXT
At least Eric Dickerson can go to Rams games again.
And stand on the sidelines at the Coliseum if the ex-Rams great and Pro Football Hall of Famer wishes after he vowed not to do so as long as Jeff Fisher was the coach.
When I heard that Fisher had been fired as coach of the reborn Los Angeles Rams yesterday after his team got embarrassed by the Atlanta Falcons,
And after having his star running back Todd Gurley regard the offense as a “Middle School Offense”,
Three words came to mind:
It’s About Time.
I had always felt deep down that Fisher may not be the coach to lead the Rams upon their return to the town they called home for nearly fifty years, for two reasons:
1. It’s often best for a team to completely start fresh upon relocating to a new city; new coach, new staff, new everything.
2. With him never having a winning season in his nearly five years as Rams coach – his best record was 7-8-1 in 2012 – combined with his anemic offenses as the 14.9 points a game that the Rams have generated ranks last in the NFL (even the 0-13 Cleveland Browns have scored more!),
And the fact that his 165 losses ties Dan Reeves for the most in league history,
The game that sealed Jeff Fisher’s fate: Lowlights from the Rams’ 42-14 beatdown at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons. Courtesy of YouTube.
In a town that values not only winning, but being entertaining while doing so,
It because crystal clear as the losses mounted after a 3-1 start that Fisher had to go.
Now that Fisher’s gone, what happens next?
It has been well reported that Rams owner Stan Kroenke will conduct a wide open search for the someone to lead the team as they continue to try to reestablish themselves in Los Angeles and prepare to move into their state of the art stadium in Inglewood in 2019.
Several big names have come up, such as NFL analyst Jon Gruden and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, but…
All I know is that whoever Kroenke hires, it needs to be an offensive guy who will change things on that side of the ball, to use quarterback of the future (and now) Jared Goff in the best way possible to generate points and entertain the L.A. fan base.
Fisher wasn’t that guy.
In fact, I honestly feel it best for Kroenke to continue the housecleaning when the season ends and fire general manager Les Snead.
A fresh start is what these Rams need the most.
Firing Fisher was a very good first step.
But in order for the Rams to have a chance to get back to respectability, let alone be a Super Bowl contender…
More steps must be taken.
Let’s see if this team will take those necessary steps.
(Soon to be) fired coach standing, as Fisher certainly doesn’t look happy with the Rams getting whipped last Sunday. Photo courtesy of nflspinzone.com