The Los Angeles Rams fired head coach Jeff Fisher on Monday, in the wake of Sunday's 42-14 home loss against the Atlanta Falcons. Fisher went 31-45-1 in five seasons with the Rams, and he did not have a winning season.
Rams' recent struggles
The Rams rank last in points per game (14.9), yards per game (286.2), yards per play (4.7), first downs per game (16.2) and Total QBR (38.9) this season. It's the second straight season the Rams rank last in offensive efficiency. In half of the Rams' four wins, they failed to score a touchdown, making them the first team since the 2002 Buccaneers to win multiple games in a season without a touchdown.
The offense has been especially bad in their new Los Angeles home. In five home games this season, the Rams have scored five touchdowns. On Sunday, the Falcons scored six touchdowns in Los Angeles.
Over the past three weeks, the defense has also fallen off, allowing 39 points per game, most in the NFL in that span.
The Rams have already been eliminated from the playoffs, making this the 12th straight season in which they will miss the postseason (last appearance: 2004). The only teams with longer droughts are the Raiders (2002), Browns (2002) and Bills (1999).
Sunday's loss was the 165th of Jeff Fisher's career, tying Dan Reeves for the most losses by a coach in NFL history. Just like Fisher, Reeves was fired after 13 games in 2003, immediately following his 165th loss.
Fisher is 173-165-1 in his coaching career, giving him the 11th-most coaching wins in NFL history.
Fisher's career success can be tied to the late Steve McNair. When McNair was Fisher’s starting quarterback with the Oilers and Titans, Fisher went 76-55 (.580) with five playoff wins. He has a losing record with every other quarterback he has ever coached, going a combined 97-110-1 (.469) with no playoff wins.
From 1999-2003, mostly with McNair, Fisher's Tennessee Titans went 56-24, which was tied with the Rams for the best record in the NFL in that span. He led the Titans to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV, but his teams have not won a playoff game since 2003. They have missed the playoffs seven straight seasons (including all five with the Rams), finishing .500 or worse each season.
Since Fisher became the Rams' coach in 2012, his 45 losses as head coach trail only Gus Bradley in that span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Impact on Jared Goff
Top pick Jared Goff will now have his second head coach. Out of the quarterbacks drafted in the top two in the past two seasons, three are already on their second head coach (Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Goff).
Goff will be the fourth first-round rookie quarterback to start for two head coaches since the 1970 merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, joining Ryan Leaf in 1998 (Kevin Gilbride and June Jones), Blaine Gabbert in 2011 (Jack Del Rio and Mel Tucker) and Mariota last year (Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Mularkey).