Jeff Fisher 'not concerned' about getting fired, addresses '7-9 bulls--t' remarks
The Rams coach is 31-43-1 in four-plus seasons with the team
Jeff Fisher, gainfully employed Rams coach, remains one of life's great mysteries. And while we never want someone to lose their ability to earn a living, Fisher's line of work is strictly of the "What have you done for me lately?" variety.
Except, inexplicably, that doesn't seem to apply to Fisher, who is 31-43-1 since taking over the Rams in 2012. He has never had a winning season in St. Louis, and now Los Angeles, and Fisher's teams have a .430 winning percentage, 26th in the league since 2012. Just as depressing: The Rams' point differential from 2012-2015 is -145 (it has been negative each season), and that ranks 25th in the league.
So it's natural to think that he might be on the ol' hot seat. But that's not the case, according to team COO Kevin Demoff.
"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," Demoff told NFL.com. "It was different than any team in the NFL."
OK, fine, but what about the four previous years? Plus, remember what Fisher said back in August?
"I'm not f---ing going 7-9 or 8-8 or 9-7 ... we have too much talent here for that," Fisher said during an episode of HBO's Hard Knocks. "We had some 7-9 s--t this morning and we can't have that. ... That is 7-9 bulls--t and we don't need it."
In related news: The Rams, after their latest loss -- a 49-21 blowout at the hands of the Saints -- are 4-7. On Wednesday, Fisher was asked about those "7-9" comments.
"We opened our world to Hard Knocks," he said, according to ESPN.com. "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."
Meanwhile, the expectation remains that Fisher will return in 2017, even if there's no official deal yet. Reports of an impending contract has been an ongoing theme since the summer; Fisher is in the final year of his current contract, and his $7 million salary ranks fourth behind only Sean Payton, Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick. One of these things is not like the other.
More fun facts, courtesy of CBSSports.com's Sean Wagner-McGough, who wrote about Fisher back in January:
- He hasn't won more than eight games in a season since 2008
- He hasn't won a playoff game since 2003
- He's getting paid $7 million a year but hasn't won more than seven games in a season with the Rams
"Over the years, I've learned to realize that the most important thing is to be consistent," Fisher said Wednesday. "You need to be consistent to do this. Consistency through the wins, consistency through the losses, and just keep moving your team forward.
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