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.”