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After firing, Jeff Fisher told Rams he didn’t think he let them down

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After he was fired as the Rams’ head coach during the 2016 season, Jeff Fisher held one last team meeting in which he told the players he believed he had given them everything he had, even if the record didn’t reflect that.

In a video just released as part of the NFL Films/Amazon series All or Nothing, Fisher said he would walk out with his head held high, and urged the players to finish the season strong.

“Sorry if I let anybody down. I don’t think I did,” he said. “But this business is based on wins and losses.”

The Rams were 4-9 when Fisher was fired and they lost their final three games to finish 4-12. Fisher indicated that he was proud of his team despite its poor play on the field, and that his regret was that he wouldn’t get to continue coaching them.

“I love you guys,” Fisher said. “Sorry. Sorry.”

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43 Responses to “After firing, Jeff Fisher told Rams he didn’t think he let them down”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Jul 1, 2017 8:24 AM

    He’s the only one who thinks he didn’t let them down.

  2. thrifty says: Jul 1, 2017 8:25 AM

    Clueless

  3. eagleswin says: Jul 1, 2017 8:30 AM

    How did that “experience moving a franchise” thing work for you?

    Fisher has gotten jobs solely based on his connections with the owners and friendly coverage in the media. It hasn’t been because of his winning coaching skills.

    Should’ve let him set the record for the most losses. At least that will keep him from being hired again. Nobody wants that record on their teams resume, no matter who wants them to do them a favor.

  4. igocommando says: Jul 1, 2017 8:53 AM

    The headline for this article should have been ” Jeff Fisher didn’t think”.

  5. bigpete07 says: Jul 1, 2017 8:56 AM

    Jeff was fired because for the longest time he was a not-very-good HC. Big difference.

  6. crik911 says: Jul 1, 2017 8:58 AM

    eagleswin:

    I’m sorry but Jeff Fisher is a good coach. Sure he could have done better. If I was fortunate enough to be an owner, He would be on the list of candidates.

  7. burtmustin says: Jul 1, 2017 9:09 AM

    The Jeff Fisher Self Esteem Speaker Series will begin this fall. Schedule TBA.

  8. bernieknowsfootball says: Jul 1, 2017 9:11 AM

    It was all Vince Youngs fault !!!

  9. zenoracledba says: Jul 1, 2017 9:13 AM

    Fisher tried his very best to sit atop the of the pile for most loses by an NFL Head Coach, losing 8 of his last 9 games to tie Dan Reeves. I’m sure Jeff was devastated when he learned of his firing right before he had a chance to blow away the record for NFL loses.

    Jeff is right, he didn’t let the team down. It’s not fault he got fired without getting a chance to coach the team to one more loss, etching the Rams and his name in the NFL record books.

    Hopefully Jeff gets another chance to coach a team. I’m sure it will only take him 1 more game to break the record !

  10. tylawspick6 says: Jul 1, 2017 9:28 AM

    maybe a coach who is mediocre or bad should
    not have been spending a lot of time on
    the “competition committee”?

  11. motleytrap says: Jul 1, 2017 9:31 AM

    Fisher made a career out of ducking culpability.

  12. weepingjebus says: Jul 1, 2017 9:49 AM

    Felt sorry for the assistant coaches who were getting their lives uprooted after his firing, but at the same time they had to know it was coming eventually. Fisher was like an incompetent French general who somehow stayed in command despite losing city after city.

  13. marshmont says: Jul 1, 2017 10:06 AM

    fisher is mediocre at best.

  14. tonebones says: Jul 1, 2017 10:15 AM

    The fans want the team to win. The coach wants to keep his job because he’s making lots of money. The owner wants to operate the team as a business. The business is a long term investment that’s eventually going to be worth a lot more than he paid for it. The owner is only going to fire a coach if the fans/media put too much pressure on him. The coach will try to have a good relationship with the owner, and try to convince him that it’s not his fault. When you’re a coach/GM, there’s nobody else to blame. The strange thing for fans to understand is although it’s a business that’s based on winning, the business owner doesn’t always really care if the team wins or loses. A lot of this explains why Fisher coached so long. Plus Fisher is a good guy who’s very well liked. That helps too.

  15. therealtrenches says: Jul 1, 2017 10:31 AM

    That’s a pretty self-serving speech…mostly about him.

  16. z0inks says: Jul 1, 2017 10:32 AM

    Fisher agreed to take millions of dollars from the Rams organization over a three year period, and so far he’s held up his end of the bargain. I can’t imagine why they would feel let down.

  17. lingsun54 says: Jul 1, 2017 10:44 AM

    Fisher hasn’t had a good QB since Steve McNair. It’s hard to win without a good QB. It reminds me of Lions coach Wayne Fontes whose best QB was Scott Mitchell. You can’t just say Fisher is a bad coach because he doesn’t win. It’s not like he has all the pieces and still can’t win.

  18. hamlet423 says: Jul 1, 2017 10:54 AM

    Fisher was a decent coach for many years between the Oilers/Titans.

    But the team was in transition after losing Steve McNair. They made the bad decision of drafting Vince Young.

    Fisher did his best, but couldn’t work with Young anymore. He did say its Young or me, and Bud Adams foolishly picked Young. Fisher was done, and when Vince Young walked off after getting benched, he was done too.

    Fisher made the Rams a dirty team, but never a consistent winner. The mark of a good coach in the nfl is to win again in your 2nd act. And he failed pretty miserably at that.

  19. SidFarkus says: Jul 1, 2017 10:56 AM

    Mr. 8-8

  20. stexan says: Jul 1, 2017 10:59 AM

    Fisher may not be HOF material, but early in his HC career he was successful. Came into a difficult situation in Houston, got things turned around when the moved to Tennessee and came within an eyelash of a ring against the Rams.
    Things went downhill eventually, but that was partly, at the very least, due to Bud Adams interfering in the Vince Young situation.
    Not sure why he never got things going with the Rams, maybe he just couldn’t adapt to the pass happy game we’ve got today. And he did have to go. Just don’t make him out to be the worst ever, he’s way better than that.

  21. motleytrap says: Jul 1, 2017 11:29 AM


    Fisher hasn’t had a good QB since Steve McNair. It’s hard to win without a good QB. ”

    Which is funny, because he had 4 no 1 overall picks starting at QB, three in the last ten years.

    That’s more than most.

  22. lambeaudungbarn says: Jul 1, 2017 11:36 AM

    If you look in the Dictionary for Narcissism there is a picture of Jeff Fisher under it.

  23. twinfan24 says: Jul 1, 2017 11:46 AM

    There were lack of talent issues on that team. But, look back at his overall record, and Fisher is not a good coach. He managed to sell himself and must be really good at selling what he is doing to various owners/GMs in the past to have been allowed to fail as long as he has. He should be happy he was allowed to make as much money as he did, and just shuffle off into retirement. I REALLY hope no network hires him, as he is not pleasant to listen to.

  24. streetyson says: Jul 1, 2017 11:54 AM

    hamlet423 says:
    Jul 1, 2017 10:54 AM
    Fisher was a decent coach for many years between the Oilers/Titans.
    stexan says:
    Jul 1, 2017 10:59 AM
    Fisher may not be HOF material, but early in his HC career he was successful.
    —————————————
    Successful early?! Look guys, it took 6 years for him to post a winning season. And his time with Hou-Ten saw only 6 out of 17 seasons above .500, added to that he was a little dirty, though more particularly w/Rams – with whom he posted no winning seasons in 5yrs. His one notably successful year – 1999 AFC champs, saw them benefit from the 3rd easiest rank, behind only the #2 Jags (who they beat that game) and the #1 Rams who beat them in the SB (1999 Rams and the Dolphins perfect season were the two easiest ranked SB winners all-time). 22yrs, .512, 11 playoffs (5-6). Mr Success? No, Mr Average, Mr Dirty Average.

  25. wordsmith513 says: Jul 1, 2017 12:00 PM

    With all this leaked information we won’t have to watch the show. I wonder if the NFL thought of that?

  26. wordsmith513 says: Jul 1, 2017 12:03 PM

    I wish an NFL team would let me play HC for 10 mill a season. I would only promise position occupation – not winning.

  27. jssebastian2014 says: Jul 1, 2017 12:33 PM

    Fisher should run for President. His level of disconnect with reality easily matches Trump.

  28. oswizard says: Jul 1, 2017 1:18 PM

    SidFarkus says:
    Jul 1, 2017 10:56 AM

    Mr. 8-8

    Man, you are being generous. 8-8 at his absolute best. Mr. I must have pictures of the owner in a compromising position.

  29. baldbuc says: Jul 1, 2017 1:21 PM

    He was expected to go 8-8 and he failed to live up to his own 8-8 standards. So I would say he let them down.

  30. kamthechancellor says: Jul 1, 2017 1:28 PM

    Based on the numerous times players on his team blew another player’s knee out or went head hunting for concussions, I’d say he let the integrity of the game down. Good riddance. The NFL just got safer.

  31. cafetero1075 says: Jul 1, 2017 1:35 PM

    6 winning seasons in 23 years. How did he last?

  32. uglydingo says: Jul 1, 2017 1:41 PM

    Never before has a mediocre coach survived so long on so little output. Jeff Fisher’s really great skill was his ability to manipulate the billionaire owners, to believe his feeble excuses to give him further opportunities.

  33. vusnu says: Jul 1, 2017 1:49 PM

    Let’s kick the guy while he’s down! Yeah, that’s the ticket!!!

  34. truths4all says: Jul 1, 2017 1:51 PM

    Coaches coach and players play.

    If the players play bad or play as evil guys who blow out other player’s knees or go head hunting, then its the coach (guess who the defensive coordinator is?) and its the HC AND GM who allows the evil ones on their roster as well as allow poor basics and lack of accountability in playing their positions.

    Let’s see if the Rams now have good coaches who demand their players play “right” or allow them to be hoodlums again.

  35. broncomath101 says: Jul 1, 2017 1:53 PM

    I applaud the maturity and professionalism of the Rams players that none of them laughed out loud when he said that.

  36. goodellhasabutthamster says: Jul 1, 2017 1:54 PM

    “You are what your record says you are.”

  37. Pola Pe'a says: Jul 1, 2017 2:00 PM

    He didn’t let them down, he did what he’s done at every spot, lose.

  38. cosmicconvoy says: Jul 1, 2017 2:14 PM

    Why this in July 2017?

  39. seahawkboymike says: Jul 1, 2017 3:12 PM

    And the Cardinals thought they didn’t need a quarterback when they passed on David Carr. Now look at them.

  40. tonebones says: Jul 1, 2017 5:25 PM

    goodellhasabutthamster says:
    Jul 1, 2017 1:54 PM
    “You are what your record says you are
    ********************************
    There are plenty of HOF coaches that their record said they were losers when they didn’t have a HOF QB, but their records said they were winners when they had HOF QBs. So it sounds like a coach’s record says different things about them, depending on the quality of their QB. However, I will agree that making statements that don’t make sense seem to be popular these days. Maybe a better statement would be ” a coach is as good as his QB”, or at least a more accurate statement.

  41. alonestartexan says: Jul 1, 2017 8:01 PM

    Fisher won some games in Nashville but ultimately things started going south when he became the defacto GM (when the team chose him over Floyd Reese.) Of course, Bud Adams meddling in personnel decisions didn’t help.

    Returning to coach a team in St. Louis that was absolute garbage didn’t help.

    Fisher would have probably been a lot more effective if he’d just waited on a team that already had a franchise QB in place.

    I think Fisher is a good coach and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get another job as head coach before too long. I’d give him the benefit of the doubt in coaching the Rams because I don’t believe that Vince Lombardi himself would have won with that collection of stiffs.

  42. Deplorable Ernie says: Jul 1, 2017 11:48 PM

    Wow, all I know and I may be getting senile but didnt he have several years of very low round draft picks, almost the cream of the crop, and he couldnt win with them?
    Best O line personnel, one of the best d lines, great running backs et al and he couldnt win.

  43. eagleswin says: Jul 2, 2017 8:03 AM

    alonestartexan says:
    Jul 1, 2017 8:01 PM
    Fisher won some games in Nashville but ultimately things started going south when he became the defacto GM (when the team chose him over Floyd Reese.) Of course, Bud Adams meddling in personnel decisions didn’t help.

    Returning to coach a team in St. Louis that was absolute garbage didn’t help.

    Fisher would have probably been a lot more effective if he’d just waited on a team that already had a franchise QB in place.

    I think Fisher is a good coach and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get another job as head coach before too long. I’d give him the benefit of the doubt in coaching the Rams because I don’t believe that Vince Lombardi himself would have won with that collection of stiffs.

    ———————————-

    You ignore the fact that Fisher hired the Rams GM and the Rams GM reported to him. The collection of stiffs you lament were drafted by Fisher

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