LA Rams fire head coach Jeff Fisher

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Rams have fired head coach Jeff Fisher. According to NFL officials, Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel will take over as interim head coach for the Rams.

Fisher has been the team's head coach since 2012. He compiled a 31-45 record with the Rams and oversaw the move from St. Louis to Los Angeles this past offseason.

The lack of success on the field, capped by a 42-14 home rout at the hands of Atlanta on Sunday, spelled the end for Fisher. Los Angeles is 4-9 this season and has scored a league-low 194 points.

The firing came one day after a 42-14 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons dropped the team's record to 4-9, and a little over a week after news of his recent contract extension through 2018 was leaked to the media. 

The Rams have been a disappointment in their first season back in Los Angeles since 1994, as No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff has struggled at quarterback and the team's offense has sputtered.

``Making a decision such as this -- especially during the season -- is one of the most difficult in sports,'' Rams owner and Chairman Stan Kroenke said Monday. ``I have great respect for Jeff as a coach, person, father and

``He has worked tirelessly despite some challenging circumstances. He played an integral role in helping this team make history in returning the NFL to Los Angeles, and we will always be grateful for his commitment and dedication to our organization. However, this is the right time to make a change as our performance has not lived up to my or our fans' expectations. We are all focused on improving as an organization and building a team that makes Los Angeles proud. Our mission is to celebrate a Super Bowl title with our fans in Los Angeles. Today is the first step to bringing us closer to that goal.''

Fisher was 31-45-1 since being named Rams head coach in 2012. Prior to that he was the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, taking that team to the Super Bowl after the 1999 season, where they lost -- coincidentally -- to the St. Louis Rams.

Fisher played college football at USC and later played for the NFL's Chicago Bears, winning a Super Bowl after the 1985 season. Aside from naming interim head coach John Fassel to fill Fisher's role for the time being, the Rams have not announced who will take over for Fisher on a full basis. A press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday. 

The Rams play the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle on Thursday night.


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