Anyone who questions Jeff Fisher’s job status can kiss his, . . . Oh, no wait, that’s a different question.
But the Rams head coach has as much interest in questions about his own job security as his team’s effort, with his Rams staring down a fourth straight losing season thanks to their fourth straight loss.
He was asked Monday if he thought he deserved a fifth season with the Rams, and he said he wasn’t thinking about it.
“I’ve been doing this for probably short of 20 years, and I’ve never gone into a game or into a season worried about my job security,” Fisher said, via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “That would be unfair to the organization and unfair to the players. So I’m not concerned about that.
“What I’m concerned about is this week. I know that’s not the answer you guys want to hear, but I’m concerned about this week. We’re 3-0 in the division. We’ve got the division leader coming to town, and we’re going to get ready to play.”
With the Cardinals coming to town, the 4-7 Rams can only hope to play as sharply as they did before. But barring a five-game winning streak, they’ll endure a 12th straight non-winning season, which you can’t pin on Fisher alone (Steve Spagnuolo, Scott Linehan and Mike Martz deserve plenty of credit too).
But Fisher’s also in the fourth year of a five-year deal paying him around $7 million per year.
It’s reasonable to expect more than 24-34-1 for that kind of loot. But Fisher’s greatest skill may be survival, as he has six double-digit-win seasons in his 21 years in the NFL, with nine years of either seven or eight wins.
A career record of 166-154-1 looks good, but that .519 mark was built on that back of three 13-3 records with the Titans.
Like his career-arc doppelganger John Fox, there’s something to be said for consistency. And Fisher’s teams are almost always competitive, even if they don’t have a quarterback at that particular time.