Sucks to Suck

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By: Michael J Roza Jr

On December 12th , the NFL world lost its first head coach of the 2016 season to the proverbial pink slip as ‘The Stache’ was relieved of his duties in Los Angeles. That’s right, Jeff Fisher will probably be sitting behind the booth at a broadcast desk for the remainder of the current season talking football after he watched his team successfully complete their second four game losing streak after LA began the season with a promising 3 and 1 record. The firing happened just eight days after the Rams officially announced that they had re-upped Fisher for the next two seasons. Fortunately for LA, there was a clause within the agreement that they could release Fisher from the contract and are only on the hook for one more year of his salary. According to Kevin Demoff, COO of the Rams, this was simply a “failure” within the Los Angeles organization. You know, an oopsy. Demoff also added that the Rams will undergo a very thorough evaluation of where they are headed as an organization going forward. Fisher finished out the season on Sunday watching his Rams take a 42 to 14 drubbing by the probable NFC playoff participant Atlanta Falcons in front of a very dissatisfied fan base at the LA Coliseum.

Normally this is where I try to stop the bleeding a little. Sorry, but I didn’t pack any Band-Aids. Fisher completed twenty full seasons as an NFL head coach with only six of those seasons coaching his team to a winning record. He has five career playoff victories versus six losses, all with the Titans, but three of those victories came on the run that Tennessee had when they lost Super Bowl XXIV to the St. Louis Rams. On Sunday, Fisher tied Dan Reeves for the most career losses as an NFL head coach with 165. Maybe it is my bias that he had Steve McNair and Eddie George to carry him in Tennessee through the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but I never felt that Fisher was as good as he was credited by sports media. The run that the Titans went on in 07 and 08 with Kerry Collins and Vince Young at quarterback in my eyes was the best coaching he ever did, and those teams were one and done in the playoffs. Fisher didn’t even have a single winning season in his four plus years with the Rams. His coaching tree has spawned three former head coaches in Gregg Williams, Jim Schwartz, and Mike Munchak. Together their record is 52 and 84. Fisher just stated in his first interview since being fired that he plans to coach again. It is time that the Jeff Fisher head coaching tree is killed at the roots. Sucks to suck.