The Rams missed a chance at giving coach Jeff Fisher the sixth 8-8 finish of his long coaching career last season when they lost 19-16 to the 49ers in overtime in Week 17.
They settled for Fisher’s fourth 7-9 campaign and got the 15th pick in the first round of the draft, which now belongs to the Titans after the two teams agreed to a swap for the first overall pick. At Thursday’s press conference about the trade, Fisher wondered if the deal would have still happened had the 49ers not blocked a field goal before hitting one of their own to end the season.
The Rams would have been picking 19th and Fisher questioned whether the Titans would have been willing to move back that far and whether the price would have been higher than the Rams were willing to pay if that was the case. General Manager Les Snead said his wife told him at the time he’d feel a lot better in April about the loss, an assessment he said he’s come around to agreeing with recently.
Fisher joked that the team would still be working to shore up their field goal protection, but that it wasn’t the worst field goal block given up by one of his teams given the way things worked out with the trade.