Jeff Fisher returning in 2017? Rams COO says 'totally unfair' to judge him on record

The beauty of the NFL and all professional sports is that your record is truly all that matters. It’s black and white. As Bill Parcells famously said, you are what your record says you are.

Except in Los Angeles. There, the Los Angeles Rams consider it unfair to judge Jeff Fisher on his record.

In what appears to be a statement to lay the groundwork for the perennially underachieving Fisher to return yet another season, Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said it’s not fair to judge Fisher on the Rams’ 4-7 record.

“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,” Demoff told Steve Wyche of “It was different than any team in the NFL.”

The Rams lead the league in excuses, so this shouldn’t be too surprising.

Demoff talked about the team’s relocation from St. Louis, and that’s undeniably tough. But Fisher was bad before the team moved. He had four losing seasons in four tries in St. Louis. Unless there’s an unforeseen turnaround this year, it’ll be five-for-five. Fisher hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2003 season. He and the Rams are so thin-skinned about criticism of their terrible football team, Fisher called Eric Dickerson to complain about Dickerson pointing out his 4-7 team isn’t good. If you thought that maybe that drama wouldn’t reflect well on Fisher within the Rams organization, well, nope.

Los Angeles never has a decent offense under Fisher, never has much discipline, and always seem to play down to the competition. Fisher hasn’t led a winning season there and really doesn’t seem to be getting any closer to doing so. Yet the Rams seem to have no problem with this.

“He’s a terrific leader of men,” Demoff told “Players, coaches and staff – he has their complete respect in the way he runs the franchise. It’s easy to talk about the record, but you have to take a snapshot of everything this year and give him the credit that he’s due.”

And with that, the Rams are the only team in the NFL that seems unconcerned about the whole “winning” thing.

Demoff would not say whether Fisher has already signed an extension or will be given one. But based on Demoff’s comments, you have to assume Fisher isn’t going anywhere.

The Rams don’t want you to judge Fisher on his record. That’s probably good news for Fisher, because his record is pretty bad.

Jeff Fisher has led the Rams to a 4-7 record (AP)
Jeff Fisher has led the Rams to a 4-7 record (AP)

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