More non-excuse excuses from Jeff Fisher

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Rams coach Jeff Fisher, to his credit, is a master of survival. This year, survival has required him to become a master of making excuses without making excuses.

He has said on multiple occasions after losses this year that he doesn’t make excuses, immediately before making excuses. On Tuesday, he once again said, essentially, that he doesn’t make excuses — and then offered up an excuse.

I look at this as being my responsibility, the win-loss record,” Fisher told reporters, before deftly shifting responsibility. “We need to do a better job from a personnel standpoint. We’ve had some unfortunate things take place with some high picks in Stedman Bailey and Tre Mason and those kind of things you don’t anticipate. But we’re moving forward.”

Bailey, a third-round pick, saw his career end after he was shot twice in the head last year in Miami. Mason, another third-round pick, has seen his career evaporate in an apparent haze of mental illness.

But no team hits on every draft pick, high or other otherwise. Just like every other team deals, from time to time, with injuries or bad officiating or anything else that Fisher has cited in recent weeks as an excuse after saying he doesn’t make excuses. (The folks at TurfShowTimes.com have the full list.)

Tuesday seems to be the first time the non-excuse excuses have looked and felt like an effort to throw G.M. Les Snead under the bus, at least a little bit. Indeed, Fisher tried to create the impression that he didn’t know Snead has gotten a contract extension, too.

“I’m so busy here, I was honestly unaware that he was extended,” Fisher said. “I’m being honest with you. We’re just working here.”

The not-so-subtle message is that Fisher has no say whatsoever in who the G.M. is, which creates the impression Fisher doesn’t have higher standing in the organization than Snead. Which makes it seem as if Snead is equally if not more responsible for any personnel issues than Fisher.

Or, more accurately, that Fisher really isn’t responsible or, even more accurately, shouldn’t be held accountable. For personnel blunders, injuries, short weeks of preparation, travel, weather, the vagaries of coin flips, or pretty much anything else.

35 responses to “More non-excuse excuses from Jeff Fisher

  1. Is Jeff Fisher really trying to blame personnel decisions for what is essentially his failure to coach a team to the playoffs????

    I’m sure many who follow football already knows this but the strength of the Rams the past few years was collection of really good to great players they selected via the draft. They have been ranked in the top 5 of teams with talented players under 25 in the NFL the past 4 years or so…..

    Before giving up the farm for Goff this year I thought by far the strength of this team was its draft strategy and its ability to find quality players in the draft.

    Fisher is a clown who is well past his expiration date with the Rams organization.

  2. “Les Snead? I’m too busy coaching. I don’t even have time to learn about the opp0nent’s running backs.”

  3. It’s best if you leave before you get thrown out. Nobody likes stale tired leadership in an organization. He’d do fine as an analyst for some network

  4. This man is one of the biggest of many reasons why ratings are down for the NFL. Jeff Fisher is truly the cream of the crap. His teams are unwatchable. Look at how little he managed to accomplish with that amazingly talented Tennessee team that featured McNair, Eddie George, Bullock, Kearse, Dyson, and many other stud players. Finally, look how he handled the end of Eddie George’s tenure in Tennessee. Locking him out of the facilities. WTF?!?!?! He is the unlikeable, unwatchable villain that the NFL and all of football in general needs to rid itself of.

  5. He is Bellicek like in making convoluted excuses it takes a PHD to figure out. Instead of just saying the problems are personnel and I don’t handle personnel, he made this long drawn out production involving the GM, personnel, draft picks, oh and he doens’t know his boss got an extension. He would be super bowl material if he put as much effort into coaching as he did making excuses

  6. Waa, waa, waa! Everybody knows that Fisher has complete control over all personnel matters, including the draft, free agents, etc. This was the starting point of Fisher’s contract and why in the beginning they could not hire a strong GM but had to have someone who was willing to be subservient to Fisher. Sad to see him now blame others for his failures. GM Fisher should fire coach Fisher and then GM Fisher should resign.

    Oh, are you happy LA fans? Welcome to Kroenke sports world!!

  7. .
    You’re in luck Rams fans. We’ve found the guy who chose Greg Robinson over Khalil Mack. He’s the same guy who chose Tavon Austin over Deandre Hopkins. His name is Les Snead. I hopeful that you will introduce Jeff Fisher to Mr Snead. Won’t Fisher be shocked to find out that Snead has acted surreptitiously and traded this year’s #1 and #3 without Fisher’s knowledge?
    .

  8. I can’t stand the Rams, but at this point I’m tired of looking at Fischers mustache and he needs to go. I’m sure ESPN would hire him to get his expert opinion on a variety of sport including Curling and the parallel bars.

  9. “I look at this as being my responsibility, the win-loss record,” Fisher told reporters.

    ——–

    I wonder who just let him in on the fact that he’s being paid 7 million per year to, you know, win games instead of losing them most of the time??? What is Bill Belichick worth then–21 million per year? He barely makes more than this retread.

    Fisher must be just laughing his ass off and wiping the tears from his eyes while doing it behind closed doors at the people who not only hire him, but continue to him extensions–all for being out coached and underprepared all these years.

    Fisher couldn’t be bothered to know the names of the Pats backfield before the game. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m thinking that’s slightly important information. Meanwhile, Belichick could probably quote you the high school GPA’s of the Rams entire current roster.

  10. “I’m so busy here, I was honestly unaware that he was extended,” Fisher said. “I’m being honest with you. We’re just working here.”

    “We’re close to market testing a jacket that makes it easy to find your challenge flag to so that you don’t have spend all week practicing putting it into, and taking it out of, the four various pockets available today.”

  11. What a private conversation between Fisher and Snead may very well look like

    Jeff, I’ve been reviewing your work. Quite frankly, it stinks.

    Well, I’ve been having trouble at home and, uh, I’ll work harder. Nights, weekends, whatever it takes.

    No, no, I don’t think that’s going to do it. These reports you handed in, it’s almost as if you have no football training at all. I don’t know what this is supposed to be?

    Well, I’m just trying to get ahead.

    I’m sorry, there’s just no way that we can keep you on.

    I don’t even really work here.

    That’s what makes this so difficult.

  12. Fisher will be just fine…if the NFL schedule-makers would just let him play all 16 games against Seattle. I still can’t figure out why he somehow outsmarts one of the league’s best teams over the past several years…but can’t beat anybody else.

  13. How is a head coach so unprepared and tuned out that he doesn’t even know who plays for the other team AND he doesn’t even know when the GM for his team (which, I hear, is a pretty high ranking/important position) gets a contract extension.

    This guy has gotten comfortable with being mediocre. I guess nearly 10 years in a row or mediocrity while miraculously ranking in millions can do that to you.

  14. One thing that doesn’t help is that Bradford has now played for two other teams, and played better than he did for the Rams without any crazy injuries. It’s almost like the coaching and schemes in Philadelphia and Minnesota are far more evolved than the offense Fisher has been trying to run, isn’t it?

  15. orangecrusher77 says:
    Dec 7, 2016 7:39 AM
    Finally, look how he handled the end of Eddie George’s tenure in Tennessee. Locking him out of the facilities. WTF?!?!?! He is the unlikeable, unwatchable villain that the NFL and all of football in general needs to rid itself of.
    ——-
    It was Steve McNair that was locked out of the teams facilities and it wasn’t Jeff Fisher that did it.

    McNair was scheduled to count $24M against the cap and the team needed him to restructure his contract (again) and he refused. If he’d been injured before they were able to re-structure his contract, trade him, or release him, he was going to count $24M against the cap AND get his full salary guaranteed.

    Bud Adams and Floyd Reese locked him out of the facility, not Fisher. Fisher didn’t get power of the franchise until 2007, after ownership, the GM, and Fisher all had a massive schoolyard fight over which QB was going to be drafted, Young (Adams), Cutler (Reese), and Leinart (Fisher).

    Reese would later resign.

  16. @orangecrusher77 says:
    Dec 7, 2016 7:39 AM

    This man is one of the biggest of many reasons why ratings are down for the NFL. Jeff Fisher is truly the cream of the crap. His teams are unwatchable. Look at how little he managed to accomplish with that amazingly talented Tennessee team that featured McNair, Eddie George, Bullock, Kearse, Dyson, and many other stud players. Finally, look how he handled the end of Eddie George’s tenure in Tennessee. Locking him out of the facilities. WTF?!?!?! He is the unlikeable, unwatchable villain that the NFL and all of football in general needs to rid itself of.

    ________________________________
    I get your point, however, it was McNair they locked out of the building so he wouldn’t be injured and force the hand of the Titans to pay him his back loaded contract. That too was the GM, Floyd Reece’s problem, not Fish. And with that “amazingly talented Tennessee team”, he went to his only SB.

    Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

  17. I feel like if you gave Fisher a team like the Bills, Patriots, Falcons, Giants, Packers, or Texans, they’d almost certainly have two less wins.

  18. I love the “we’re building for the future” excuses. This guy has been there 5 years with 0 winning seasons. Is he openly admitting that the Rams have been tanking which surely is a violation of league rules. If not, this team should be built by now an he’s just a terrible coach.

    Which is it, Jeff?

  19. “I’m so busy here, I was honestly unaware that he was extended,” Fisher said.

    Sounds like the GM and HC don’t talk to each other much.

  20. I love that picture of Fisher. It always makes me wonder what his is looking at and what he is thinking. Is he looking at the scoreboard and thinking we might not get to 7-9? Is he looking at someone in the stands and thinking he’s sorry they have to witness the game? Is he looking for the moon and wishing he were there?

  21. He is one good reason why coaches should be drug tested. Watching him trying to get his hand into the pocket of his parka for the challenge flag (that wasn’t in his pocket) was eye opening.

  22. At this point can we all start wondering just exactly what kind of embarrassing pictures he has of the owner? Or the owners wife?

    Start a contest for most creative guesses maybe?

  23. I’m not a Fisher fan, but it didn’t sound like he was trying to throw anyone under the bus. It’s not like those two guys were busts because of their work ethic or other character issues. Life happens. Sometimes the only thing you can do is move forward.

  24. Please understand, I’m not a Fisher apologist, BUT this team was a total train wreck–I mean full on dumpster fire–prior to Fisher arriving. Seriously.

    Spags: 10-38;
    Linescam – 13-35

    The fact that Fish has somehow had this team flirt with .500 every year is truly remarkable. Its also hard to be believe the Rams struck out with 4 OL in one draft, but it does demonstrate they’re trying to build from within. *trying*

  25. Fisher and Snead are both horrible. Fisher can’t coach a winning team and Snead is lousy at drafting. Look at all those picks they got from the Skins to get RG3. Most of them have been flops.

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