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Rams name John Fassel interim coach

The Rams have named special teams coach John Fassel as their interim head coach.

The team fired Jeff Fisher on Monday. The Rams play at Seattle on Thursday night, so it’s going to be an interesting week for Fassel and the rest of the Rams coaches.

Fassel, the son of former Giants head coach Jim Fassel, has been with the Rams since 2012. He previously was an assistant with the Raiders and Ravens.

The Rams announced that Fassel will address the media later Monday.

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48 Responses to “Rams name John Fassel interim coach”
  1. factschecker says: Dec 12, 2016 3:38 PM

    Boy he sure does look a lot like his pop. When I read Fassel and saw the picture I knew they had to be related.

  2. celticsforever says: Dec 12, 2016 3:39 PM

    Press conference coming up in about 7-9 minutes.

  3. enzasman says: Dec 12, 2016 3:40 PM

    Maybe The Jags will follow suit, not that it matters At this point.

  4. 345snarkavenue says: Dec 12, 2016 3:41 PM

    that picture kind of looks like he’s trying to smile while grinding his teeth. probably snapped the pic right after he found out he’s the interim coach

  5. slvrkng says: Dec 12, 2016 3:42 PM

    John’s pic looks like he’s Walmart Team Member of the month…”John, we need carts please”

  6. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Dec 12, 2016 3:42 PM

    I don’t think it will make much difference in their level of preparation either way.

    To be kind, Fisher seemed more like one of those “CEO” type coaches who pretty much let his coordinators run their own shops.

    To put it unkindly, Shady Jeff was too busy polishing his own apple to worry too much about what was actually going on with his team.

  7. bassplucker says: Dec 12, 2016 3:43 PM

    I have no dog in the fight on Thursday night but the Seahawks might want to take care. It’s not uncommon for teams in this situation to come out their first game under the new guy and look completely different (for the better)… especially if they had been sandbagging up to that point. On top of the Seahawks looking pretty badly out of sorts in all phases yesterday vs Green Bay. Just sayin.

  8. firstand4ever says: Dec 12, 2016 3:44 PM

    Cool maybe Hekker can play quarterback. I petition for 3 fake punts Thursday night.

  9. bobthebillsfan says: Dec 12, 2016 3:45 PM

    So, did Jeff get the record for most losses ever? Did they keep around long enough to go in the record books?

  10. pridewatcher says: Dec 12, 2016 3:47 PM

    Omg he is shaved!

  11. expatnyker says: Dec 12, 2016 3:48 PM

    Hires dad to be assistant

  12. scrp2 says: Dec 12, 2016 3:48 PM

    As news was released of the Jeff Fisher firing the FAA has lifted all restrictions on the construction of the Inglewood Stadium.

  13. jonwill57 says: Dec 12, 2016 3:49 PM

    @ bobthebillsfan says:
    Dec 12, 2016 3:45 PM

    So, did Jeff get the record for most losses ever? Did they keep around long enough to go in the record books?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I believe they kept him around long enough to help offset any potential wrongful termination suit.

  14. teal379 says: Dec 12, 2016 3:51 PM

    That pic!

    Looks like a young Gary Busey – Utah!!! Gimme two!!!!!!

  15. cdysart101 says: Dec 12, 2016 3:56 PM

    Watch, this dumpster fire will still end up beating Seattle at home.

  16. kcchefs58 says: Dec 12, 2016 3:57 PM

    Great move by the Rams.

    dat pic doe…lolz

  17. willyalistentothis says: Dec 12, 2016 3:59 PM

    John Fassel running an NFL team……I just snorted out loud.

  18. kane337 says: Dec 12, 2016 4:02 PM

    Jim Harbaugh to the Rams?

  19. eazeback says: Dec 12, 2016 4:02 PM

    they fired jeff fisher about 5 yrs too late

  20. JSpicoli says: Dec 12, 2016 4:03 PM

    Gruden or Harbaugh might be swayed by Kroenke’s checkbook.

  21. backintheday99 says: Dec 12, 2016 4:04 PM

    Todd Haley might get a 2nd shot but he really found his niche in Pittsburgh, plus he’s from there. But his niche is tied to Big Ben, same as McDaniels is tied to Brady.

    He was like that guy who was a really good worker who got hired to be the boss but became a complete tool. I have a feeling he learned humility.

    Personally I’d hire whatever 30 something coach who has the best rep at the moment. Worked for Miami but not so much for Denver a few years ago or many other times. But it’s better than a Lovie Smith type retread change.

  22. arrowhead816 says: Dec 12, 2016 4:07 PM

    Spitting image of actor Willem DaFoe

  23. fordmandalay says: Dec 12, 2016 4:08 PM

    The whole coaching staff has to go. Cleanse the stink of Fisher’s ‘stache from the team entirely.

  24. ProFootballRealignment says: Dec 12, 2016 4:10 PM

    “Where did you dig up that young Fassel?!”
    “Stan is a great man.”
    “Yeah, great at getting us into trouble!”

  25. teal379 says: Dec 12, 2016 4:12 PM

    Mike Smith off the Bucs staff – would be a hire there or Tom Coughlin.

  26. nhpats says: Dec 12, 2016 4:12 PM

    Does this mean that Fisher is off the rules committee?

  27. dawgturd says: Dec 12, 2016 4:14 PM

    He Looks like he was a “guest” on Dateline’s to catch a predator.

  28. jtylert says: Dec 12, 2016 4:16 PM

    Too bad for Jeff. The hawks are the only team he seems to care about beating.

  29. charliecharger says: Dec 12, 2016 4:20 PM

    I’d like to see Kroenke go after Nick Saban. Saban certainly doesn’t have anything to prove in college football, but there are questions about his ability to win at the pro level. Kroenke can afford to pay him $60 million for five years. Maybe $75

  30. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says: Dec 12, 2016 4:20 PM

    He’s scarier looking than Mark Davis!
    Yikessss

  31. fumblenuts says: Dec 12, 2016 4:22 PM

    Watch out John, Gregg Williams will put a bounty on you for the head coaching position!!

  32. theneedforspeeed says: Dec 12, 2016 4:22 PM

    Harbaugh makes 8 mil a year at UM, his alma mater. After getting hosed by the homers-er, refs in the OSU game, I’m pretty sure Kroenke’s checkbook isn’t big enough.
    Revenge is on Jim’s mind, not more money.

  33. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Dec 12, 2016 4:32 PM

    Well, he was a better option than Bounty Gregg Williams…which isn’t saying much.

  34. gofor2with3pointlead says: Dec 12, 2016 4:34 PM

    Apparently the Rooney rule is not in effect for “midseason” firings. Hiring a former head coaches kid who’s never even been a coordinator doesn’t say nepotism at all. I’m sure he’s the most qualified and best man for the job.

  35. kjdoyle58 says: Dec 12, 2016 4:37 PM

    Fisher has not been on the rules committee for over a year now.

  36. bworacle says: Dec 12, 2016 4:39 PM

    What better revenge for Jim Harbaugh then beating the 49ers twice a year.

  37. kjdoyle58 says: Dec 12, 2016 4:40 PM

    “Apparently the Rooney rule is not in effect for “midseason” firings. Hiring a former head coaches kid who’s never even been a coordinator doesn’t say nepotism at all. I’m sure he’s the most qualified and best man for the job.”

    Obviously you’re not a Rams fan, but if you were, you’d know he’s the coordinator of the only unit that shows up every week (excluding the fumbled KO yesterday)so yeah, he probably is the most qualified.

  38. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 12, 2016 4:45 PM

    Some say John Fassel is merely a placeholder until Jeff Fischer’s son is ready for a head coaching job.

  39. clashpoint says: Dec 12, 2016 4:46 PM

    If that two year extension was guaranteed, Fisher got himself a really nice severance package. Who had John Fassel in the dead pool?

  40. purplekoolaid1 says: Dec 12, 2016 4:50 PM

    So, does this mean Dickerson will be at the game on Thursday?

  41. jamaltimore says: Dec 12, 2016 5:12 PM

    Rams stink. John Fassel is the walking talking reason for anti nepotism rules in the NFL. He was brought to the ravens as errand boy and now he’s somehow an interim head coach. embarrasment to the league, the rams and any of the fair weather fans they have in LA. Heck why not make ED 29 the interim coach at least they could create a great add campaign with numerous sponsors.

  42. salscobrakai says: Dec 12, 2016 5:30 PM

    I can taste the bubbles.

  43. granadafan says: Dec 12, 2016 5:41 PM

    slvrkng says:
    Dec 12, 2016 3:42 PM
    John’s pic looks like he’s Walmart Team Member of the month…”John, we need carts please”
    ==============================================
    Nailed it

  44. fatguystrangler says: Dec 12, 2016 7:03 PM

    Wonder why Jim Fassel didn’t get another head coach gig.

  45. intrafinesse says: Dec 12, 2016 7:32 PM

    Rex Ryan would be a good choice
    🙂

  46. autumnwind999 says: Dec 12, 2016 7:54 PM

    Go get em, Bones.
    Did a solid job as Raiders special teams coach back in the day. Plus his Dad was a very underrated NFL HC. Never understood why he didn’t get a second shot.

  47. alewatcher says: Dec 13, 2016 7:34 AM

    gofor2with3pointlead says:
    Dec 12, 2016 4:34 PM

    Apparently the Rooney rule is not in effect for “midseason” firings. Hiring a former head coaches kid who’s never even been a coordinator doesn’t say nepotism at all. I’m sure he’s the most qualified and best man for the job.

    ————–
    Appointing a guy as interim HC after firing a coach isn’t “hiring.” Same thing as a player getting injured or suspended – next man up. And realistically, how much worse could he be? The bar has been set pretty low.

  48. gofor2with3pointlead says: Dec 13, 2016 4:04 PM

    Don’t waste any of your valuable time trying to convince me alewatcher. He has a title, he being compensated, although temporary, he was hired.

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