(first posted 6/26/12 ‘Jeff Fisher and Rams – Something in the Air?’)
When family comes together there is an opportunity for something special to happen (there is an opportunity for a lot of crazy things to happen lol). We’re plugged into a family via no choice of our own. Call it fate, destiny, or simply reality. We take our licks and bruises and as soon as possible break away. We try to find our own place in the world. Sometimes we stay close to the family, sometimes we get as far away as possible, and sometimes life brings us right back to it.
Ok, I’m sounding a little sentimental here, but if you’ve been a Rams fan for any length of time you know we are a sentimental bunch. Due to the results of recent teams, we can be compelled to look back to the glory days. We might look all the way back to the days of Coach Robinson. (The winningest coach is Rams history.) Prior to coaching for the Rams, Robinson was head coach at USC. In 1978 the Trojans won a national championship and on that team was our new Head Coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher went on the play 5 seasons for the Chicago Bears before experiencing a career ending ankle injury. Jump forward to 1991 and Fisher reunites with Robinson as a Rams’ defensive coordinator. 3 years later Fisher takes on head coaching duties (1994) for the Houston Oilers and has been honing his craft ever since.
Not only is our new head coach inexplicably linked to us; he is linked to football itself. Fisher’s roots with Robinson and a collegiate national championship, his receiving a Super Bowl ring for playing with the 1985 Chicago Bears, and his working up the coaching ranks under such coaching legends as Mike Ditka, Buddy Ryan, John Robinson, George Seifert, and Jack Pardee. We might not see it this season, but I’d like to look back and let history tell us this is where Fisher won his first Super Bowl. And his second? I’d like to say that Fisher has made it home. I’d like to say there is something historical in the air.