Kevin Demoff suggests Jeff Fisher will be back

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Well, Eric Dickerson apparently won’t be attending Rams games in 2017, either.

Steve Wyche of NFL Media explains that Rams COO Kevin Demoff “seemed to hint” that coach Jeff Fisher will be back after 2016, the final season of his current five-year deal.

“Everybody will want to judge Jeff through the prism of just the record, but that’s totally unfair when you look at the set of circumstances he was handed this year,” Demoff told Wyche. “It was different than any team in the NFL.

“We moved halfway across the country, then had OTAs in Oxnard. Training camp was in Irvine, now we’re in Thousand Oaks. We moved coaches and players and families. To provide leadership and consistency, he’s done a model job.”

Demoff’s remarks echo words recently shared by Fisher, a day after a 49-21 loss to the Saints.

“We’ve been through a lot,” Fisher told reporters on Monday. “It’s not an excuse, but we’ve been through more than any other team in the National Football League this offseason and the moves and the travel and all those things. We’re dealing with those as best we can.”

The Rams (or at least Demoff) apparently are willing to look past the 4-7 record, given the circumstances.

“He’s a terrific leader of men,” Demoff said. “Players, coaches and staff — he has their complete respect in the way he runs the franchise. It’s easy to talk about the record, but you have to take a snapshot of everything this year and give him the credit that he’s due.

“The past two years, he’s had to deal with the specter of relocation. This year, the actual relocation. A couple of coaches have had to deal with the specter of relocation. No coach has had to deal with an actual relocation. You have try to understand what this team has been through and the success he has had.”

Even more telling than Demoff’s words were this explanation from Wyche regarding the effort to learn more about the status of a coach whose contract expires after the current season ends.

“I pressed Demoff to nail down whether Fisher has signed an extension or if he would definitely be back,” Wyche writes. “He would not say. He would not budge.”

Indeed, Demoff consistently has told PFT in recent weeks that there is “no update” on Fisher’s contract — a contract that ESPN made a cottage industry of reporting would be extended before the 2016 regular season began. Some league insiders continue to believe that an extension already has been finalized, and that the Rams (through Demoff) and Fisher (though his agent, Marvin Demoff, as in “the father of Kevin Demoff”) have agreed to keep it quiet until the right moment.

Based on the team’s performance, the best moment probably would have been at the tail end of a three-game winning streak that came after a 28-0 Week One trouncing at San Francisco. With the season slipping away, it may be that there’s no good moment to unveil a new contract for Fisher, and that the Rams will have to find another way to define success.

Or, perhaps more accurately, another way to characterize failure.

86 responses to “Kevin Demoff suggests Jeff Fisher will be back

  1. When it comes to Jeff Fisher, several owners have “overlooked” a 4-7 record…I expect a shiny new 5 year contract in the offseason

  2. Jeff Fisher must know the Jedi mind trick because there’s always SOME extenuating circumstance to get him off the hook. He’s the kid always saying the dog ate his homework except the teachers believe him.

  3. Anyone foolish enough to have purchased Rams season tix this season should cancel out next year if Fisher is back.

  4. Translation: Blah, blah, blah, like idiots, we signed him to an extension for $7+ million per year and we don’t want to pay him to not coach, blah, blah, blah.

  5. “Everybody will want to judge Jeff through the prism of just the record, but that’s totally unfair when you look at the set of circumstances he was handed this year,”

    ———————————————

    To quote Bill Parcells (or at least paraphrase him), “You are what your record says you are.” And in Fisher’s case, that’s soon to be the coach with the most losses in the HISTORY of the NFL.

  6. If true, then he will really be able to run away with the All-time Losses record.

    You know when you’re a kid and people tell you about some records in sports that are of such magnitude that they ‘will never be broken’.

    Cal Ripkin’s consecutive games.
    Wilt Chamberlins points in a game
    Gretzky’s goals / points

    Welcome to the club, Jeff!!

  7. What’s the excuse for going 7-9 for four years in St. Louis? Too much toasted ravioli?

    3 year extension!

  8. .
    “He’s a terrific leader of men,” Demoff said. “Players, coaches and staff — he has their complete respect in the way he runs the franchise. It’s easy to talk about the record, but you have to take a snapshot of everything this year and give him the credit that he’s due. ”
    ———-

    Yes, it is easy to talk about the record.

    Jeff Fisher’s Coaching Record since 2009 :

    2009 8-8
    2010 6-10
    2011 out of football
    2012 7-9
    2013 7-9
    2014 6-10
    2015 7-9
    2016 4-5

    Now, add in the fact that he’s had more high value draft choices than any other team during that period and it boggles the mind why anyone would want him as coach.
    .

  9. That is absolutely the lamest excuse for keeping that guy.

    It’s not like they were a perennial 11-5 or 12-4 team that has had a down year due to the move.

    Hey Jeff, mix in a 10-6 season once in a while.

  10. “The past two years, he’s had to deal with the specter of relocation. This year, the actual relocation. A couple of coaches have had to deal with the specter of relocation. No coach has had to deal with an actual relocation.

    Uhhh….didn’t Jeff move with the Oilers to Tennessee to become the Tennessee Oilers/Titans? You know way back in 1997 when they played one season in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. Then they moved to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville for the 1998 season. Then in 1999 they became the Tennessee Titans and played at the Adelphia Coliseum.

    If Jeff hadn’t moved two loser teams in his head coaching career he wouldn’t be a handful of games away from having the most loses as a head coach in NFL history…..he’s got that going for him!!!!!!

  11. The fact that after the RG3 trade 4 YEARS AGO, this team still hasnt made the playoffs is a joke.

    The regime needs to change. Make LA Football exciting.

  12. …….from a business perspective…reward for being a great franchise moving logistic manager BUT don’t reward him for being doing a good coaching job. He is not a good gameday coach & can’t develope a winning product……BAD, BAD move if they resign him…………….

  13. They’re just waiting until they can open up a new stadium, go to their new uni’s (old uni’s), and then they’ll make it complete and go with a new coach.

    Big sell to the fan base there. The suck era is over! Well, that’s what they’ll sell anyway.

  14. I can accept that relocating and practicing in an unfamiliar facility can make things more difficult on a team. The problem is, half of the NFL teams travel every week, and play in an unfamiliar stadium. That’s the name of the game in professional sports. You travel, you live out of a suit case, and you spend time in unfamiliar places. Pretty weak excuse

  15. Fisher clearly has incriminating pictures of someone. How does a coach this mediocre keep getting jobs and contract extensions? It’s truly amazing.

  16. While I have lived long enough to make many a mistake, deciding at the last minute that I would NOT buy Rams Season tickets was not one of them. I just kept thinking .. Jeff Fisher. Nah.

  17. Blame the NFL for screwing around with the move for 2 years, not the Rams organization. However, Fisher ain’t very good. And oh, other teams have challenges, too…

  18. At some point it’s all about record. You create a losing team in LA and everyone will be headed to the beach instead of the stadium. It’s not like there’s nothing else to do in Southern California during football season.

  19. Blah , blah , blah, blah. Demoffs father is a sports agent. Fisher is one of his clients. You cant tell me that doesn’t have a little bit to do with why he is the coach. If you don’t judge a coach by his record , please explain to me how you judge them if winning is the goal. Yes you can be a good leader , have great morals , be a great teacher but if you don’t win , that doesn’t mean anything. Demoff must think fans are the dumbest people in the world. I live in STL and would love nothing more for the Rams to extend his contract so I could sit back and laugh at the ineptness of this organization. In reality what really needs to happen is they need to clean house from top to bottom. Hire a coach like Tom Coughlin to restore some order on the field and organization. It worked with DV in STL. This team is out of control.

  20. Remember when Rams fans and players were talking about a dynasty being born? Well they were correct, but it was the NE Patriots dynasty!

  21. And BTW………….. You chose to move. ………… What happened the last 4 years in STL ? The team was in a familiar location. ………… Oh I forgot , the distraction was you were planning the move to LA and got wrapped in that instead of trying to field a competitive team. We all get it. Mr . Demoff you are quickly becoming the biggest goofball in the NFL.

  22. ““We moved halfway across the country, then had OTAs in Oxnard. Training camp was in Irvine, now we’re in Thousand Oaks.”

    Oxnard, Irvine, Thousand Oaks….hey pal, those are all pretty centralized locations. What exactly is your point here? Don’t the Cowboys hold camp in Oxnard? Dallas is a LOT farther from Oxnard than Los Angeles is. STIFLE IT.

  23. “A terrific leader of men…..”

    Just not a terrific head coach. Or even a winning head coach.

  24. The Rams want to ensure they recognize him as the losingest coach in NFL history, however, that dubious distinction will be honored in the Week 16 pregame festivities prior to the 49ers game at home.

  25. Now the story gets worse if Hug Jackson is fired in Cleveland for going probably 0-16

    If Fisher, Bradley or both survive and Jackson is fired, then get really pissed.

  26. Fisher & the Rams go together like traffic & weather. Match made in heaven, they should appoint him head coach for life. Watching the Rams wallow in mediocrity since Super Bowl 36 has been absolutely beautiful

  27. Apparently Demoff is content with 7-9 BS.
    —————————–

    To reach 7-9 he would have to finish the season 3-2. Don’t see that happening. He will have to be content with some extreme 5-11 BS this season.

  28. Umm you do realize he has only worked for 2 owners as a head coach, bud adams and stan kroenke

    rosstuckershair says:
    Nov 30, 2016 10:27 AM
    When it comes to Jeff Fisher, several owners have “overlooked” a 4-7 record…I expect a shiny new 5 year contract in the offseason

  29. “Everybody will want to judge Jeff through the prism of just the record

    Yeah, how unreasonable.

    Fisher is the luckiest man in the NFL since Norv Turner – he apparently has a life-long head-coaching job no matter how bad he does. The people paying small fortunes to get season tickets for Inglewood must be overjoyed.

  30. nhpats says:
    Nov 30, 2016 11:13 AM
    Remember when Rams fans and players were talking about a dynasty being born? Well they were correct, but it was the NE Patriots dynasty!
    ___________
    Never can have to many asterisks.

  31. I’m a life long Rams fan living in Southern California who was thrilled when the team moved back but didn’t get season tickets even though the nosebleeds were only 360.00 a season. My wife said “I can’t believe you’re such a fan and won’t get tickets”. My response was 2 words… “Jeff Fisher”.

  32. Why is anyone surprised???

    Kroenke doesn’t CARE about championship football…..look at his other franchises!!!

    He cares about big business…..money….

    The Rams are a joke and have been for decades.

  33. WoW! The fact that Fisher continues to coach the Rams has just ruined your life, yes? Have you reached out to your congressmen or other political leaders?? This is a total outrage and we need to focus our entire lives on it. WoW!

  34. They’re stuck. I bet they’ve already done the extension. He’s not going anywhere. That’s why they’re fine taking their lumps with Goff.

  35. I love how he talks about going through “a lot” and then says it’s not an excuse. So if it’s not an excuse, why mention it?

    Fisher is the master of excuses. So disappointing for NFL fans who want to see better football.

  36. Over the past 20 years the NFL has evolved… Fisher is a caveman who refuses (or can’t) adjust to the modern NFL.

    What he is doing to the Rams is sad… but his impact on the competition committee is a travesty to the other 31 teams.

  37. Fisher has already signed an extension. The Rams cant announce that now with the way the season is going. They will wait until the season is over and quietly announce it. Demoff and Snead will be there as well. Maybe some coaching changes but that’s about it. This the reward for helping Stan get to LA. LA fans , don’t get wrapped up on winning anytime soon. I feel for you . This is the way the organization operates. The only way things will change is if Stan is losing money. STL has seen this show over and over. Much happier watching other teams play and seeing good games. Wouldn’t be surprised if and when Stan gets the new stadium built that he sells the team in 5 years, for a huge profit. Would be the best thing a LA fan could get.

  38. This is absolutely brain-dead. Even if all you cared about was the money, you would realize that the thing to do is to get rid of Fisher in the offseason, and hire a big-name coach to build some buzz back going into next season.

    Maybe the Chargers can actually succeed in LA after all, if this is what they have to compete with.

  39. “What’s the excuse for going 7-9 for four years in St. Louis? Too much toasted ravioli?”

    Dude, don’t do that to toasted ravioli.

  40. I notice most comments have exactly two down votes. Nice to see Demoff and Fisher not only read the site, but rate the comments as well.

  41. How can the NFLPA or NFL allow this apparent conflict of interest? The coach’s agent is the father of the team’s COO?! LUDICROUS!! Fisher should have to select a new agent. No player’s or coach’s agent should have a relative in a team’s front office. Utterly dumb.

  42. arzcardinals says:
    Nov 30, 2016 1:08 PM

    Cardinals fans thank you for bringing Jeff back. Our team stinks, but yours stinks more…Jeff hasn’t won in 12 years.

    Yes, Jeff hasn’t won in 12 years but I would tread lightly on the smack talk. The Cards are a whopping 1 game up on the Rams and have already lost to them this season.

  43. I’ve mentioned before that Jeff was a classmate back in 1980 and I liked him. But if I was the Rams owner, I would definitely be saying, “Sorry, dude. We’re done.”

  44. complete respect in the way he runs the franchise

    Runs the franchise? I thought the GM ran the franchise. Guess if runs it then he won’t fire himself.

  45. hawkforlife…………….Fisher runs the football side of the franchise. Fisher was hired before the GM. Fisher had to approve the hiring of the GM. Snead is little more than an errand boy for Fisher. He does what Fisher tells him to do.

  46. “Everybody will want to judge Jeff through the prism of just the record, but that’s totally unfair when you look at the set of circumstances he was handed this year,”
    Wow! Don’t we all wish our bosses were this kind, generous and understanding, when our results completely stink up the joint! I really feel sorry for the people and fans of LA. You deserve much better than this. Maybe the fans should just insist that Kroenke take this outhouse back to St Louis. You’re in a Penthouse of all major markets now boys. Come back to town when you are ready to bring a Penthouse Coach, GM, VP-Ops and team.

  47. Well, if the guy signing the paycheck (Kevin Demoff) is the son of the Coach’s agent (Marvin Demoff), it is understandable why said Coach would be judged differently than other coaches–you gotta avoid those awkward family dinners as long as possible.

  48. Let’s compare “been thru so much/Rams/2016” with the year 2011.
    Jim Harbaugh is hired as the coach of the 49ers.
    No offseason – since there is a lockout/strike whatever.
    Alex freaking Smith is his QB.
    No receivers to speak of.
    All he did was guide them to a 13-3 regular season record and an NFC chamionship game

    and Demoff is whining about “they had to go thru a lot”.

    I can’t even laugh at that pathetic excuse.

  49. “that’s totally unfair when you look at the set of circumstances he was handed this year”

    Such as, the #1 draft pick? Where you supposedly picked your new franchise QB?

    I hope Goff succeeds, but man, how many high draft picks does it take to overcome the inconvenience of moving? How many millions of dollars do coaches and players need to be paid before they can perform at a consistent level whether they have moved or not?

    Tons of players switch teams every year, moving all over the country, and still play well. Why can’t this team get to a winning record?

  50. Why does this terrific leader of men lead them to losing records? Maybe ownership hasn’t been clear in telling Fisher that the goal is winning. I hope they keep him at least one more year. This is his last job, and he deserves to go down as the losingest coach in NFL history. He may just miss that this year.

  51. What else is COO Kevin Demhoff going to say or do? Guess who Jeff Fisher’s agent is? It’s Marvin Demoff, Kevin Demoff’s father… Are you going to fire your father’s principle meal ticket??

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