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Rival Report 12/12: Los Angeles Rams fire Jeff Fisher after 5th straight losing season

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Losing might have been okay in St. Louis, but it is far from acceptable in the unforgiving world of Los Angeles. That is something that Jeff Fisher has learned the hard way after being relieved of his head coaching duties for the Rams earlier today. The head coach's best season with the Rams was his first season when they won 7 games, but just under 4 seasons later the Rams have had enough of the Fisher era.

This is one of the less surprising firings you will see in the NFL. There are few people that would argue that the Rams didn't give Jeff Fisher enough time to sort things out, 5 losing seasons for one coach is a lifetime in the Not For Long league. Far more surpising is that despite going 31-45-1 for the Rams, Fisher still has an overall winning record in his 16 years as an NFL head coach at 173-165-1 when you include his tenure for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans.

The writing was on the wall for Coach Fisher in Los Angeles though, it was clear that a change was needed. Fisher was in the middle of a very public and long lasting fued with the greatest LA Ram to ever live Eric Dickerson but there also was rumbling of a crumbling relationship with GM Les Snead as well. Add those things together with the losing record and the no holds bars need to win in L.A. and it was a perfect storm for the firing of Fisher.

Really though, Fisher has been living on borrowed time for quite some time. He earned a lot of leeway after his long stint of successful football under the Oilers/Titans left him in the upper hierachy of available head coaches but he never lived up to the lofty expectations. Surely he will be given another chance at head coaching a team soon enough, but you can count me as someone whom doesn't necessarily believe he deserves to lead another team.

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