Skip to content

Eric Dickerson thinks bad year could result in Rams coaching change

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Head coach Jeff Fisher of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during warm ups prior to their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

In the offseason, when ESPN periodically would report that Rams coach Jeff Fisher is likely to get a new contract by the start of the regular season, the general reaction from plenty of fans came in the form of a one-word question: Why?

The regular season has begun and, contrary to the latest report from ESPN that a contract was likely before it began, nothing has happened. The reaction would be even stronger if Fisher were to get a contract in the aftermath of not scoring a point against the one team that would have been regarded as the least likely to pitch a shutout in Week One. If anything, Fisher currently seems to be on track for the opposite of a new contract, either after the season or during it.

“I like Jeff Fisher, I do,” Rams Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson said on Wednesday’s PFT Live (I do, too), “but liking a coach and then winning football games is two different things. It’s no different from a player that’s not performing. What do they do, they cut him or release him. The same thing with a coach, I mean, if you’re not gonna perform and you can’t have a winning football team, you’re just not gonna be there, especially in L.A.

“L.A. is a city [where] they want winners. You have to win in that city. I think it would be hard pressed for the Rams to go 4-12 or 5-11 this year or 6-10 and him keep his job. I mean, that’s just being honest about it. It’s all about winning in Los Angeles, because we don’t have those kind of fans that are just the loyal diehard fans like a Packers fan or a Steelers fan. I wish we did but it’s not there yet; the Rams have been gone for just too long.”

While it’s too early for any team to think about making a coaching change, an ugly loss to the Seahawks and former USC coach Pete Carroll in the regular-season return to the Coliseum will make the current whispers grow louder. Back-to-back road games at Tampa and Arizona won’t be easy. With a visit to Buffalo, a trip to Detroit, and a game against the Giants in London on the docket before the bye week, if the Rams go 2-4 or worse over the next six games, a record of 2-5, 1-6, or 0-7 will be glaring as owner Stan Kroenke makes the long flight back from England to Los Angeles.

It gets no easier after the bye, with games vs. the Panthers, at the Jets, the Dolphins, at the Saints and Patriots completing the first 75 percent of the schedule. Based on the team’s performance on Monday night, a bad record is more likely than a good one after 12 games.

Ultimately, the question as to whether Fisher gets a new deal or a new job will hinge on the preferences of Kroenke. The fact that Fisher is one game into his lame-duck year could quickly result in his first year in L.A. being his last year there, if Dickerson is right — and if Kroenke isn’t willing to wait to see on-field improvement before the team opens a new stadium in 2019.

Permalink 45 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Los Angeles Rams, Rumor Mill, Seattle Seahawks, Top Stories
45 Responses to “Eric Dickerson thinks bad year could result in Rams coaching change”
  1. jackedupboonie says: Sep 14, 2016 4:20 PM

    Jaws voice….’not so fast Eric’…..why on earth would a 6-10 season change anything in Fishers future?

  2. redeemerac says: Sep 14, 2016 4:22 PM

    I love Dickerson….dude was a one of kind RB…and even better interview!

  3. jjackwagon says: Sep 14, 2016 4:22 PM

    Will be surprise if it takes the whole year after Monday’s debacle.
    Lay a few more eggs like that and he will be gone before the bye week.

  4. jimschwartzes says: Sep 14, 2016 4:23 PM

    Headline correction: “Eric Dickerson thinks there will be a coaching change.”

  5. xavier179 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:26 PM

    Eric Dickerson, the new Captain Obvious.

  6. silverhat78 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:28 PM

    If the Rams keep up that play they did on Monday night, Fisher won’t last past their bye week. That was pretty bad display they put up on Monday night.

  7. Patty Dubs says: Sep 14, 2016 4:28 PM

    The only problem with firing Fisher (he doesn’t deserve to stay) is that there’s nobody on the Rams staff to replace him with. Owners don’t just bring in guys off the street.
    My prediction: Rex loses his job in Buffalo then lands in LA. Same old Stan–rewarding average coaches with more chances.

  8. a1b24312 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:30 PM

    They could follow the lead of the Eagles and hire someone from an earlier era, hearkening back the “good ol’ days”… Chuck Knox? John Robinson? (jk)

    But right now I cannot envision who would be good replacement. But in Fisher’s defense, he doesn’t have a great deal to work with presently. And if there’s to be a change it should rightly also involve the GM, who has been shopping for the groceries.

    In a lot of senses, I liken Fisher and Marvin Lewis in the same category, except that Fisher at least has won a play and has been a HC in a Super Bowl.

  9. dwarftosser says: Sep 14, 2016 4:33 PM

    They’ve had 4 bad years in a row with Jeff Fisher and still seem to love mediocrity… why would the 5th put them over the top?

  10. ncfloyd says: Sep 14, 2016 4:33 PM

    ” The reaction would be even stronger if Fisher were to get a contract in the aftermath of not scoring a point against the one team that would have been regarded as the least likely to pitch a shutout in Week One”
    Hey Florio, the Niners playing the Rams would have been my 2nd choice after Sea vs. Miami for pitching a shutout. Hardly unexpected!

  11. toybkshr says: Sep 14, 2016 4:33 PM

    He coulda said that 5yrs ago & he’s still be right!

  12. hawksfansince77 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:35 PM

    jimschwartzes says:
    Sep 14, 2016 4:23 PM

    Headline correction: “Eric Dickerson thinks there will be a coaching change.”

    _______

    You won the internet today!

  13. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 14, 2016 4:36 PM

    Patty Dubs says:
    Sep 14, 2016 4:28 PM

    My prediction: Rex loses his job in Buffalo then lands in LA. Same old Stan–rewarding average coaches with more chances.

    ———

    I was thinking the same thing

  14. qoojo says: Sep 14, 2016 4:37 PM

    “You have to win in that city”

    Clippers on line 2 for Dickerson.

  15. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says: Sep 14, 2016 4:37 PM

    I guess the Rams back in LA mania is already over, just imagine at 0-8.

  16. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:42 PM

    Reports are STILL that Fisher and Snead are going to get in-season 3 yr contract extensions.They want to make sure they maintain mediocrity going into there new stadium.

  17. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 14, 2016 4:45 PM

    Why now?

    Why not 4 years ago?

    Jeff Fisher would be a great DC.. that’s it.

  18. 6250claimer says: Sep 14, 2016 4:46 PM

    The Rams made the ’16 Niners look like the ’89 Niners. Not easy to do. Fisher will be gone by Thanksgiving if they keep playing like that. San Jose State should have been able to beat the Niners, yet the Rams couldn’t even make it close.

  19. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 14, 2016 4:47 PM

    “L.A. is a city [where] they want winners. You have to win in that city.”

    Lakers seem to have forgotten this…

  20. motleytrap says: Sep 14, 2016 4:54 PM

    Hard to believe that MNF performance doesn’t stick in SK’s craw.

    He’s pretty much given Jeff the sun, moon and stars. Let him hire his own GM and among the largest, most expensive coaching staffs. Revamped and expanded their scouting department.

    He’s paying him like a Super Bowl winning coach, the same as Carroll and Tomlin and only slightly less than Reid and Belichick.

    Fish won’t stay on indefinitely because you can get 7-9 for a lot less.

    Contrary to many others I do think Kroenke wants to win. He’s just not good at finding the people who can do it.

  21. bigotshamer says: Sep 14, 2016 4:57 PM

    The team that played on Sunday can’t beat any of their next 6 opponents.

  22. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Sep 14, 2016 4:58 PM

    “I’m not (expletive) going 7-9 or 8-8 or 9-7. We have too much talent here for that. We had some 7-9 (expletive) this morning, and we can’t have that. Deon is gone. That is 7-9 (expletive), and we don’t need it.” Jeff Fisher…… LMAO. By seasons end Clueless Jeff would sacrifice a child of his to the ghost of Al Davis to have 7 wins…..

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:59 PM

    Koenke is one of the owners who have zero interest in winning, only in giving the fans enough lip service to keep the money machine rolling.

    There are at a minimum a dozen owners like that. In many cases children of the original owners who have zero drive and just want to keep grinning at their incredibly opulent lifestyles while screwing the paying public.

    The league should not allow teams to be inherited. Owner dies, team gets sold, relatives get stinking rich and new blood comes into the league.

  24. randy8123 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:01 PM

    In 99% of cases that would be a laughably obvious statement, but when Jeff Fisher is involved that counts as a bold prediction.

  25. citizenstrange says: Sep 14, 2016 5:03 PM

    I’m sure the idea was to move to Los Angeles with the same coach to make things as stable as possible.

    When is Fisher’s contract up? After this season? Next season? IMO Fisher will be replaced when his contract is up but not fired before.

  26. tomtravis76 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:03 PM

    They are not going to move into Stans Fun Factory with Jeff as the HC. It will be a new stadium, a new era, they will need a new voice and new face.

    It could be Saban, maybe Jim Harbaugh likes the idea of being in LA or some current HC sees a new challenge in LA and all of the other possibilities that come with being the face of the LA football franchise.

  27. getadealdonealready says: Sep 14, 2016 5:17 PM

    Again, he has to winning seasons in last 12 years, some are wondering how he is even employed in the league! It is amazing in a league that values wins, and what have you done lately that this guy is still a Head Coach, in the words of the great Ron Burgundy it’s “mind bottling!”

  28. ronfai says: Sep 14, 2016 5:27 PM

    Dear Mr. Kroenke,

    Please sign your golf buddy up to a contract extension.

    Sincerely,

    Rest of NFC West

  29. touchdownelvis says: Sep 14, 2016 5:29 PM

    Fisher is only a few losses away from being the losingest coach of all time. It’d be a terrible irony for the Rams to fire him if they’re 0-7, denying him that most deserved opportunity.

  30. diehardfootballfan says: Sep 14, 2016 5:58 PM

    Dahhhhh!! Ya think Eric.

  31. b45290 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:01 PM

    The Rams haven’t had a winning season since 2003. This is the type of football we St. Louis fans had to endure for 17 of the past 21 seasons. With the lack of good draft picks because of the Goff trade, it looks bleak for LA fans. My condolences.

  32. goodellclownshow says: Sep 14, 2016 6:03 PM

    Coach Pornstache has been the most overrated coach in the league for quite some time. He condones dirty plays and struts around like he’s a tough guy….see ya! Bum…

  33. kemp13 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:14 PM

    Hate to say it, but Fisher and Snead clearly made the wrong pick. Goff is nowhere near the talent of Wentz. You could tell during camp that the coaches were a little bit nervous by how he wasn’t picking things up. That pick will probably send both of them packing unless the team turns a corner VERY quickly.

  34. therealtrenches says: Sep 14, 2016 6:16 PM

    a1b24312 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 4:30 PM

    “in Fisher’s defense, he doesn’t have a great deal to work with presently.”

    ——————–

    He has had a ton of high picks to work with and he hired the GM.

    If those guys can’t play, it’s on him.

    Sorry, not buying this line of reasoning.

  35. kingpel says: Sep 14, 2016 6:39 PM

    Fisher is getting more heat after one game in Los Angeles than he did the entire time he floundered in St. Louis. It’s great! Nothing wrong with being held accountable.

  36. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 14, 2016 7:00 PM

    According to his won-lost record, Jeff Fisher was an upper level coach the first 13 years of his career. What happened in 2009 that changed his trajectory?

    Many of us in Nashville believe the seeds of destruction were planted earlier. In 2006, Titans owner Bud Adams began over-riding both GM and head-coaching decisions. It went public when he forced his GM to draft Vince Young No. 3 overall (despite internal protests) and then forced Fisher to start VY just four games into that season. … The internal storm could no longer be hidden when VY blew-up the locker room in 2010. A few months later, both he and Fisher were gone.

  37. MichaelEdits says: Sep 14, 2016 7:03 PM

    Give Larry David a call. He can probably do better than 6-10.

  38. dynastyballers says: Sep 14, 2016 7:05 PM

    Jeff Fisher homeless mans Bill Cowher put him out of his misery so he can go on ESPN

  39. Ferdinand says: Sep 14, 2016 7:07 PM

    I like Bomani Jones’ nickname for him – “50/50”

  40. struckgold49er says: Sep 14, 2016 7:07 PM

    Here’s what going to happen. Mr Kroenke will not fire Jeff. He will pressure Jeff Fisher to fire his Offensive Coordinator. Jeff will hire Norv Turner (another 9 lives coach) from the Vikings to run the offense!!!! Holy Moly..!!

  41. pastabelly says: Sep 14, 2016 7:27 PM

    Fisher hasn’t been over .500 since 2008. Why is he still around?

  42. charliecharger says: Sep 14, 2016 7:27 PM

    Give Fisher a QB and he’s a HOF coach. Seriously. If you want to do the research check it out. Look at the list of HOF coaches, and coaches who have won multiple super bowls. Now check their records when they didn’t have a HOF QB. Most are below .500. So the difference between a HOF coach and a below .500 coach is a HOF QB. That’s all. People need to chill.

  43. tformation says: Sep 14, 2016 7:50 PM

    That headline. That’s quality analysis. ESPN Insider level critical thinking.

  44. sigbouncer says: Sep 14, 2016 7:52 PM

    I’m a fan of “The Stache’. The guy is one yard away from a Super Bowl victory over Faulk/Warner’s Rams. The team he put together in Tennessee was stellar. And he cut his teeth with Ditka/Ryan’s Bears team.

    But I can’t help but wonder if Fisher didn’t lose the team this week over his request that none of them take a knee for the National Anthem? I believe it was Robert Quinn who post game spoke on this saying “out of respect for Fisher’s request” that he didn’t take a knee. Quinn didn’t have to bring it up and likely wouldn’t have had he truly respected Fisher’s request.

    The defensive leader Donald got kicked out. Gurley took another 15 yard penalty like Donald’s two 15 yarders and put himself one mistake away from getting kicked out. Leaders on both sides of the ball creating penalties that were absolute killers at the time. A 28-0 beating with really few signs of any cohesive or consistent play. One could view this as laying down I suppose.

  45. mmack66 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:00 PM

    struckgold49er says:
    Sep 14, 2016 7:07 PM

    Here’s what going to happen. Mr Kroenke will not fire Jeff. He will pressure Jeff Fisher to fire his Offensive Coordinator. Jeff will hire Norv Turner (another 9 lives coach) from the Vikings to run the offense!!!! Holy Moly..!!
    ————————–

    And then he will go 7-9.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!