Jeff Fisher Says He Left Rams In ‘Good Shape’
Former NFL head coach Jeff Fisher is patting himself on the back. Naturally, we can’t do so over a barely mediocre coaching career, so instead, he is doing so for the team he left when he was fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.
Fisher has “no regret whatsoever” about how things played out with the Rams and seems to be taking some credit for their recent success, partly, because he left the team “in pretty good shape.”
“I’m a huge fan of the Ram players,” Fisher aid during an appearance on The Midday 180 on Friday.
“They’re basically — I don’t want to say my players, but I had a lot to do with that roster. Left them in pretty good shape. And Sean, as he’s proven in this very short period of time, is an outstanding young coach. And he’s got the offense rolling, which they needed.”
Fisher’s not wrong, a majority of the players on the Rams roster are players he put in place during his tenure.
But Fisher failed in his most important job; coaching them to be successful on the field and teaching them how to win.
The Rams were no better than 7-8-1 in Fisher’s five seasons as head coach while finishing no better than 21st in scoring and ranking last in every major category last season.
Under head coach Sean McVay, things have turned around drastically, not just in the win column, as the Rams lead the NFL in total points, point differential and rank 10th in yards per game.
Fisher says he is “really, really excited for the players. They did what we wanted to do before I left” while adding that McVay has “done a great job” with Jared Goff, who is a Pro Bowl alternate.
“We knew that was coming,” Fisher said. “… That’s why we traded up with you guys here [the Titans] to get him, because we knew he had that kind of potential. We felt like both the quarterbacks had a chance to be franchise quarterbacks. We were right. Philly got theirs [with Carson Wentz], and the Rams got theirs.”
Fisher also defended his much criticized coaching career.
“My perspective’s different because I went through it, and I know exactly what I went through,” Fisher said.
“I get a kick out of people who [say], ‘Oh, you just tied Dan Reeves for the most losses in the history of the National Football League.’ Well I’m a few wins away from being in the top 10. So, where do you want to emphasize; what’s your point? Two franchises, five different cities, six different stadiums. Not an easy thing to do.
“Chargers moved from San Diego to Orange County and started 0-4. Relocation is huge. I’m not making excuses, but last year we moved from St. Louis to Oxnard, Oxnard to UC Irvine, UC Irvine to Thousand Oaks. And that’s what our offseason was about.”
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