The Los Angeles Rams fired head coach Jeff Fisher on Monday, just weeks after announcing a contract extension for the coach. The Rams results in the last few games combined with the struggles of number one overall pick Jared Goff didn’t help Fisher’s case. He finishes with a 31-45-1 record in his time at the helm of the franchise with his best finish being a 7-8-1 season back in 2012.
Now that Fisher is out, the team will be looking for a new coach to bring in and try to bring out the best in what is a fairly talented roster in L.A. This being Los Angeles we’re talking about, the land of the stars, you’d think the Rams would like to make a splashy hire and bring in a big name coach. However, they also need to make sure that whoever they bring in is also the right fit.
“It would be a bonus for them to bring in a big name, but the criteria shouldn’t be name alone,” said Jack Wang, Rams beat writer for the Los Angeles Daily News, on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s less about winning the press conference–you don’t want to win the press conference and then go on a losing streak to start the 2017 season because you got too caught up with the big name. The main thing is, just really making sure that you have the right guy for the job who can, not only turn around this team, but who can foster the growth of your rookie quarterback Jared Goff who you gave up pretty much your whole house to move up to number one and draft.”
Speaking of Goff, the rookie’s first few games as an NFL starter haven’t exactly impressed, which, as mentioned above, was likely one of the reasons for Fisher’s firing. Goff is 0-4 as a starter and has completed just 55.1-percent of his passes for 744 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. So, what do the fans think of the rookie right now?
“He has not been very good so far, but I think fans are willing to be patient because it’s only been four starts,” said Wang. “He’s stuck in an offense that’s not helping him very much. And I think a lot of fans are willing to say: ‘Well, this was a Jeff Fisher offense and it didn’t seem like Jeff Fisher and his staff really knew how to develop a quarterback.’ They haven’t had a whole lot of success doing it over the last several years. People are going to be willing to turn out and watch the second-year quarterback next year under a new regime.”