The Los Angeles Rams have fired head coach Jeff Fisher, the team announced Monday afternoon.
Fisher, 58, lost his 165th career game on Sunday, tying Dan Reeves for the most all time. He reportedly had a new contract extension in place earlier this month even as the Rams continued to lose. Los Angeles’s record now stands at 4–9 after a lopsided 42–14 loss to the Falcons, and Fisher’s record with the Rams is 31-45-1 since he was hired in 2012.
Rams special team coach John Fassel, the son of former Giants head coach Jim Fassel, will serve as the team's interim head coach.
“Making a decision such as this—especially during the season—is one of the most difficult in sports,” Rams owner and chairman E. Stanley Kroenke said in a statement. “I have great respect for Jeff as a coach, person, father and friend.
“However, this is the right time to make a change as our performance has not lived up to my or our fans' expectations. We all are 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.”
In his 22 seasons as an NFL head coach, Fisher's teams have been to the playoffs only six times, and none of those appearances have come in the past seven seasons he has been a coach. Before his stint with the Rams, he was the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, posting a 142–120 mark.