Sunday’s Rams-Dolphins game marked the first start of Jared Goff’s NFL career, but it was also noteworthy for Los Angeles Coach Jeff Fisher, although not in a happy way. His team’s 14-10 loss marked the 162nd for Fisher, the second most all time among NFL coaches.
He is now tied with Tom Landry, who went 250-162-6 in 29 seasons, all with the Cowboys. By comparison, Fisher is 173-162-1 in 22 seasons with the Rams and Oilers/Titans.
Jeff Fisher has tied Tom Landry for 2nd most losses in NFL history.
Jeff Fisher has coached 336 games. Tom Landry coached in 418. pic.twitter.com/CarfeWPY1F
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 21, 2016
While Fisher went 142-120-0 in 17 seasons with Houston/Tennessee, plus 5-6 in the playoffs, he has found less success with the Rams. In five seasons with that franchise, which moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles before this season, he has gone 31-41-1 with no playoff appearances.
In fact, none of Fisher’s Rams squads have had so much as a .500 record through 10 games. This year’s team has the same 4-6 record that the 2015, 2014 and 2013 versions did, while his 2012 team started 3-6-1.
With six games left to play this season, Fisher has a chance to catch, and pass, Dan Reeves for the most NFL losses ever. Reeves set the mark at 165, compiling a 190-165-2 record over 23 seasons with the Broncos, Giants and Falcons.
Fisher, whose 173 wins are the 11th most in NFL history, received attention during a preseason episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” when he told his team, “I’m not [expletive] going 7-9. Or 8-8. Or 9-7. Or 10-6, for that matter. This team’s too talented. I’m not going to settle for that.”
At this point, 10-6 stands as the best the Rams can do, and Fisher would presumably be delighted to end the season on a 6-0 run. On Sunday, his team looked poised to make Goff a winner in the No. 1 overall pick’s debut, but it allowed the Dolphins to score 14 points in the final four minutes. Goff completed 17 of 31 passes for 134 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions.