Jeff Fisher was fired by the Los Angeles Rams before the end of the 2017 season after five years with the organization.
Prior to the start of the 2016 season, former Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher seemed to have high expectations for the team, and rightfully so after finishing with a 7-9 record the year before thanks to the emergence of the defense. Unfortunately, the Rams failed to live up to those expectations despite a 3-1 start thanks to an offense that struggled to put up points, and would eventually lead to Fisher’s firing with three weeks to go in the regular season.
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Coincidentally, Fisher’s last game with Los Angeles tied up for the most losses in NFL history with Dan Reeves (165), but it should also be noted he did manage to win 173 games throughout his coaching career. Still, Fisher has been heavily criticized for his coaching abilities over the years, but despite all of the struggles, it doesn’t look like he’s giving up on the possibility of a return to coaching.
Mike Organ of the Tennessean recently discussed how Fisher was moving back to Nashville (to live, not as a coach) where he spent part of his career as coach of the Tennessee Titans (previously the Oilers). As Organ discussed, this decision by Fisher shouldn’t come as a surprise when considering how the fans in the city have always loved him, but the most interesting part of the article was when the former Rams coach didn’t rule out the possibility of a return to the sidelines.
Take a look at what Fisher had to say, courtesy of Organ’s article:
"“My career as a head coach really depends on how you want to look at it — is it half-full or half-empty?” Fisher said. “I was heavily criticized for being the losingest coach in the history of the NFL, but there was no mention that I was a couple of wins away from being in the top 10. However you want to look at it, I’d do it all over again.”"
Obviously, it doesn’t look like Fisher will be making a return to the sidelines in 2017 since teams already have their staff lined up, but depending on which positions are available come January, it will be interesting to see what happens. As displayed over the years, there have been plenty of coaches who take a year or two off before making a return to the NFL, and when looking at how things ended in Los Angeles, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Fisher wanted another chance to redeem himself.
Let’s not forget it was Fisher who said he wanted a chance to play the Rams not long after losing his job before the end of last season. Only time will tell when it comes to whether Fisher will receive that opportunity for revenge against his former team, but at least Los Angeles seems to be moving in the right direction with Sean McVay now running the show as head coach.