Jeff Fisher Says He’s Not Worried About the Rams 4-7 Record

Jeff Fisher

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he is “not concerned” about his job even though so much negativity has surrounded him during the team’s 4-7 season, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.

On Sunday, there was the Rams’ 49-21 blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints, their sixth defeat in a span of seven games. On Monday and Tuesday, there was a public spat with Rams legend Eric Dickerson that went viral, with Dickerson vowing to never attend games so long as Fisher is the team’s coach. On Wednesday, Fisher was ridiculed by New England Patriots reporters who came away thinking he could not name the team’s running backs on a conference call.

Meanwhile, fans and pundits everywhere continue to clamor for his firing and continue to reference his infamous comments in an episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” in which he vowed to not put up with “7-9 bulls—.”

“We opened our world to ‘Hard Knocks,'” Fisher said when asked about those comments after Wednesday’s practice. “Those comments came after a couple of issues that we had. I’ve never been satisfied with 7-9 or 8-8. I’ve had a number of winning seasons. I’m not concerned. I don’t look over my shoulder, like I’ve said over and over again. I’m not concerned about my job. I have a great relationship with [Rams owner Stan Kroenke]. He understands the difficulties that were placed on this organization as far as the move is concerned. And I’m moving forward optimistically with this team.”

A deal might not officially be in place, but the expectation remains that Fisher will be back next season, along with general manager Les Snead, who also is in the final year of his contract.

Fisher’s Rams have finished no better than 7-8-1 since he arrived in 2012, though the organization lost 65 of 80 games in the five seasons leading up to that. In 14 of his 20 full seasons as an NFL head coach, Fisher’s teams have failed to sport a winning record. He now has 163 career losses, two away from tying Dan Reeves for the NFL record with five games remaining this season.

But the Rams’ higher-ups have given him the benefit of the doubt, privately throughout the year and publicly recently.

“Everybody will want to judge Jeff through the prism of just the record, but that’s totally unfair when you look at the set of circumstances he was handed this year,” Rams COO Kevin Demoff told NFL.com. “It was different than any team in the NFL. … We moved halfway across the country, then had [organized team activities] in Oxnard. Training camp was in Irvine, now we’re in Thousand Oaks. We moved coaches and players and families. To provide leadership and consistency, he’s done a model job.”

Rams Jump Out to Early Lead; Then Fall Flat in 49-21 Loss to Saints

Los Angeles Rams v New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns, Mark Ingram scored twice, and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 49-21 on Sunday.

Playing 10 days after being knocked unconscious in a Thursday night loss at Carolina, Ingram rushed for 146 yards on 14 carries, including a 61-yard scamper and a 10-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-1 play. He also scored on a 21-yard screen to the right side of the field, which was wide open as the Rams tried to pressure Brees.

Two of Brees’ scoring strikes went to Michael Thomas, whose touchdowns of 6 and 21 yards were part of a nine-catch, 108-yard performance. Brees’ other touchdowns went to Ingram and Brandon Coleman from 6 yards out.

Saints coach Sean Payton also victimized his former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, with some razzle-dazzle that produced a 50-yard touchdown pass from receiver Willie Snead to running back Tim Hightower.

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Rams: QB Sean Mannion, OL Pace Murphy, OT Greg Robinson, TE Temarrick Hemingway, DE Matt Longacre, DB Michael Jordan, CB Steve Williams

Saints: RB Daniel Lasco, WR Jake Lampman, CB De’Vante Harris, RB Marcus Murphy, OL Tony Hills, OL Landon Turner, LB Sam Barrington

Rams Cut Ties with CB Troy Hill Three Days After Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

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Tuesday the Rams waived cornerback Troy Hill as part of a series of roster moves, three days after Hill was arrested on suspicion of DUI, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.

The Rams also waived fellow cornerback Dwayne Gratz and placed rookie linebacker Josh Forrest on injured reserve after Forrest suffered a knee injury on Sunday that will put him out four to six weeks. Cornerback Michael Jordan and linebacker Nic Grigsby were promoted from the practice squad to take their place on the active roster.

Hill’s Mercedes swerved over multiple lanes on an L.A. freeway and crashed into the back of a semi-truck at around 8 a.m. PT on Saturday, according to multiple reports. Hill was then given a field sobriety test and arrested on the spot, booked in Van Nuys, California, and deactivated by the Rams for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Rams Debut of Goff Spoiled as Dolphins Rally for 14-10 Win in Los Angeles

Miami Dolphins v Los Angeles Rams

DeVante Parker caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill with 36 seconds to play, and the Miami Dolphins rallied for two late scores to spoil Jared Goff’s NFL debut with a 14-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Tannehill passed for 172 yards in the fifth straight victory for the Dolphins (6-4), who were dominated by the Rams’ defense until their final two drives on a rainy day at the Coliseum. Miami barely kept alive its longest winning streak since 2008.

After Jarvis Landry caught a 10-yard TD pass with 4:02 to play, the Dolphins got the ball right back and drove downfield for Parker’s diving TD reception in the corner.

Goff went 17 of 31 for 134 yards in a quiet debut by the NFL’s No. 1 pick in the Rams’ 10th game of the season.

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Ground Broken on New Stadium For Rams

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The Rams have broken ground on their billion-dollar stadium and its surrounding entertainment district.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Rams owner Stan Kroenke and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts donned hard hats and turned over ceremonial shovelfuls of dirt Thursday to mark the official start of construction on the former site of the Hollywood Park racetrack, next door to the famed Forum.

The $2.6 billion stadium has a scheduled August 2019.

Fisher Talks About the Decision to Tab Jared Goff as the Rams Starting QB

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On Tuesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher tabbed Jared Goff as the starting quarterback, replacing Case Keenum.

“It’s time,” Fisher said per Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “It’s time to move on.”

Goff, 22, will make his regular-season debut Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Fisher said it was not a short-term decision.

“I don’t want to say it’s a new era, a new start,” Fisher said, “but in a lot of ways it is.”

On Tuesday Goff took first-team snaps as the No. 1 quarterback for the first time. He said he was excited about the opportunity to start and had been ready for a while.

“I’m glad it’s finally come,” he said, “glad they’ve given me that vote of confidence and the nod.

“I’m ready to go and prove them right.”

Fisher had been adamant that Keenum was not the problem for a team that had lost four games in a row and scored only two touchdowns in the last three games.

Even after Sunday’s 9-6 victory over the New York Jets — which featured no touchdowns by the Rams — Fisher said he was not considering a change at quarterback. On Monday, Fisher said Goff was No. 2.

But Tuesday, he informed Goff and Keenum of the move.

“My heart was getting closer and closer over the last couple weeks,” Fisher said. “And I felt like this was the best time to turn the keys over to Jared.”

Asked if the decision to go with Goff now was collaborative — if it involved owner Stan Kroenke and General Manager Les Snead — Fisher took responsibility.

“It was my decision,” he said. “I informed Stan, for obvious reasons. I told him this is the direction I wanted to go and we’re going that way.”

Rams Win Yawner in New York Over the Jets 9-6

Los Angeles Rams v New York Jets

Alec Ogletree intercepted Bryce Petty with just under 2 minutes left, lifting the Rams to a 9-6 victory over the Jets in a snoozer Sunday.

Petty made his first NFL start in place of an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick, but couldn’t get much going against the Rams defense.

After getting the ball with 2:55 remaining and down by three, Petty tried to lead the Jets (3-7) down the field. But on second-and-7 from the 42, Petty’s pass to Quincy Enunwa was picked off by Ogletree and Enunwa tried to wrestle it away from the linebacker to no avail.

Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals, including a go-ahead 34-yarder with 6:52 left, helping the Rams (4-5) snap a four-game losing streak and avoid their first five-game skid since weeks 9-13 last season.

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