Los Angeles Rams Coach Jeff Fisher is reportedly set to get a three-year contract extension, according to ESPN’s John Clayton.
As of Thursday morning, the team hadn’t made anything official. And when it does, there won’t be a lot of hoopla, according to Clayton. During a spot on 710 ESPN Seattle on Wednesday, the longtime ESPN reporter said the team planned to announce the deal as an addendum attached to a press release about defensive tackle Michael Brockers’s extension.
“The word on the street, I don’t know if they actually put it in one of the … because … they haven’t really put out the Michael Brockers contract extension yet, because I know he just got a contract extension,” Clayton said (via SB Nation’s Turf Show Times). “I think they were gonna put at the bottom of the release that Jeff Fisher signed a three-year extension.”
Clayton didn’t elaborate on why the team had allegedly been planning to sneak the news in about Fisher’s reported extension, but it could have something to do with the team’s dismal Week 1 performance: The team lost, 28-0, to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.
The game was so one-sided that Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said he fell asleep while watching it as homework for his team’s upcoming game with the 49ers on Sunday, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Fisher began coaching the then-St. Louis Rams in St. Louis in 2012. He has never led the team to more than seven wins or higher than third place in the NFC West since he took over. His coaching record with the Rams is 27-36-1.
Prior to coming to the Rams, Fisher coached three seasons for the Houston Texans and 14 with the Tennessee Titans, whom he brought to Super Bowl XXXIV but ultimately lost to the St. Louis Rams.
As news of Clayton’s report spread on Thursday morning, football fans greeted it with a virtual eyebrow raise and lots of jokes.
When the world ends, only Jeff Fisher and bacteria will live on. And he will coach a 7-9 bacteria team.
— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) September 15, 2016
I just wish Karl Marx were alive to see Jeff Fisher's contract extension
— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) September 15, 2016
Incredible… Jeff Fisher’s survival as a head coach is 30 for 30 worthy https://t.co/7zkFjhGS2U
— Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) September 15, 2016
This post will be updated if/when the Rams confirm the extension.