The Los Angeles Rams really have given Coach Jeff Fisher a two-year-contract extension, a decision that baffles Eric Dickerson, even though it doesn’t mean the coach’s job is secure for 2017.
“I asked Kevin Demoff [the team’s V-P of football operations and chief operating officer] point-blank last night, I said, ‘So, are you bringing Jeff Fisher back? Does he have an extension?’” Dickerson said on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” “He said, ‘We’re talking about it.’ He asked me, ‘What do you think?’ I said, ‘My honest opinion? No. Look, he’s had five years. Five years of losing. Enough is enough.
“‘If I’m a fan, I feel like all these Rams fans, I’m their voice. I mean, why would you bring him back?’ I asked him, ‘Where are the naked pictures at?’ He must’ve got something on someone because five years is enough. It really is. You can’t subject all the Rams fans to this for another year. If you brought another coach in, they would say, ‘Okay, no problem. We got a new coach. Something new. We’ll give him the year. We’ll give him some time.’”
Perhaps Dickerson shouldn’t spend too much time worrying about it. Fisher’s contract was up after the season and an extension may be a commitment, but it isn’t a guarantee. Demoff was noncommittal with the NFL Network’s Steve Wyche recently.
“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 said. “It was different than any team in the NFL.
“We moved halfway across the country, then had OTAs in Oxnard. Training camp was in Irvine, now we’re in Thousand Oaks. We moved coaches and players and families. To provide leadership and consistency, he’s done a model job.”
Maybe, but the running joke is that Fisher is Mr. 8-8, on a good year. Over his first four seasons, the team has gone 7-8-1, 7-9, 6-10, 7-9 and presently is 4-7. Only six times in his 22-year coaching career have Fisher teams won more than eight games. In addition to the move with Fisher, the Rams also gave General Manager Les Snead an extension.
ESPN cited sources who say that Fisher’s extension includes a team option, which means the Rams could still part with him after the season and owe him only one year of salary.