As traditions and records go, the sports landscape is littered with many. Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher is on the precipice of setting one of his own, and in L.A., it’s becoming a tradition unlike any other; losing.
Note this stat courtesy of Alden Gonzalez at ESPN: the Rams loss against the Dolphins was his 162nd of his career, tying him with Dallas Cowboys legend, Tom Landry. The caveat being Fisher has done it in 82 fewer games.
In fairness, Jeff Fisher inherited a team that had lost 65 of 80 games over a five-year stretch. While they may have become more competitive, of which they’ve been this season, he has yet to post a winning record as head coach of the Rams. While his defenses have excelled, penalties and an absolutely dead-in-the-water offense have doomed this team.
It wasn’t that long ago that Fisher had his team at 3-1. Since the Cardinals game in Glendale, they’ve gone 1-5. Most maddening, since the blowout loss at San Francisco to open the season, they’ve been not only competitive, but in every single game they’ve played in. But a lack of discipline and an imaginative offense have kept this team on the wrong side of the ledger.
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Jeff Fisher just hasn’t gotten it done. With each passing week, the idea he could still receive an extension is troubling. While I wouldn’t expect a change until the completion of the season, a Rams sideline in 2017 with him on it would be debilitating to the organization and its California fan base.
But who knows.
As for Jeff Fisher, he’s now synonymous for losing football. That’s an inescapable reality now for not just him but for Los Angeles Rams football.
Rams losses thru 10 games over the last five years: 6, 6, 6, 6, 6.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) November 22, 2016
Numbers don’t lie, and in L.A, perception is now also reality.
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