The L.A. Rams (4-10) suffered a 3-24 loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks (9-4-1) for Week 15’s Thursday Night Football.
Rams news surfaced as the team did not play Sunday. Here is the latest on Jeff Fisher and other head coaching rumors connected to L.A.
Jeff Fisher got fired just eight days after news leaked that he had signed a contract extension in the offseason.
Fisher said it was not handled appropriately via an interview on NFL Today. He said the leaked extension was a frustration of his.
The former Rams coach also said he was caught off guard by getting fired with the short week.
According to the L.A. Times, Fisher did not believe he would open the new stadium with the team in 2019. However, he thought he would make through this season.
Fisher said the decision came down to him not winning enough games as the Rams coach. He said he takes responsibility for not winning in the new market.
Further, Fisher addressed the team’s decision to trade up and draft rookie quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 NFL Draft pick. Goff was the unanimous choice by the organization, according to Fisher.
He also said the organization collectively decided not to rush Goff into the starting lineup. Fisher went on to say Goff is a franchise quarterback.
As for his own future, Fisher said he wants to coach again. He said he wants a chance to play his former team, the Rams.
The Rams were 4-9 under Fisher this season, their first season since relocating back to L.A. from St. Louis. Fisher compiled a 3-45-1 record in more than four seasons with the Rams. He was fired last week after a 42-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Rams Head Coaching Rumors
News about Fisher’s replacement also surfaced after the Week 15 loss.
Fox’s Jay Glazer said the Rams job will cause big-name coaches to try to get to L.A. The Rams job is attractive to them based on the market and young players on the roster, per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.
Further, Florio writes that the Rams could trade for a coach via a separate post.
Florio cited sources that said the Rams will consider all opportunities, including coaching who are under contract.
How would that potential trade for a coach work?
L.A. would need to contact a team with a coach under contract and express interest in hiring the coach.
If the current team is interested in the possibility, then the teams would work out compensation and timing for the coaching swap. After that, the Rams would negotiate a new contract with the coach.
However, the Rams already traded their first and third round picks in 2017 to the Titans. Therefore, the team would have to trade for a coach without those picks.
Otherwise, names like Jon Gruden and Josh McDaniels have been linked to the Rams head coaching job.
The timing could be right for Gruden to return to the NFL via the Rams job, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
La Canfora writes that Gruden has the resume and persona that fits the L.A. market. He also said that Gruden would be inclined to listen while NFL broadcast ratings are down. Especially since Gruden lost his ESPN broadcasting partner to another network before this season.
Plus, Gruden liked Goff out of college. Gruden also is considered an advanced offensive mind and quarterback guru. Hence, this could make him a great fit with the Rams.
La Canfora writes that Gruden will not be cheap.
At the very least, the Rams will not have to trade anything to acquire Gruden, who has not coached since the 2008 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As for a more realistic option, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has been called the top guy for the job.
According to Bleacher Report‘s Mike Freeman via CBS Sports, L.A. believes McDaniels is a big name and offensive mind for the job.
Either way, stay posted for more news on the Rams’ head coaching vacancy.
The Rams play the San Francisco 49ers (1-13) on Dec. 24 at 1:25 p.m. PST.
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