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The Los Angeles Rams have fired head coach Jeff Fisher, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
The move comes after the Rams’ 42-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, dropping them to 4-9 on the season.
The loss cemented Fisher’s fifth-straight losing season as coach of the Rams and the team’s 12th-straight losing season overall. In Week 14, Fisher tied for the most losses by a head coach in NFL history.
The team signed Fisher and general manager Les Snead to multiyear contract extensions before the season, but the extensions were reported until Week 13.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement (via ESPN):
“Making a decision such as this – especially during the season – is one of the most difficult in sports. I have great respect for Jeff as a coach, person, father and friend.
“He has worked tirelessly despite some challenging circumstances. He played an integral role in helping this team make history in returning the NFL to Los Angeles, and we always will be grateful for his commitment and dedication to our organization.
“However, this is the right time to make a change as our performance has not lived up to my or our fans’ expectations. We all are focused on improving as an organization and building a team that makes Los Angeles proud. Our mission is to celebrate a Super Bowl title with our fans in Los Angeles. Today is the first step to bringing us closer to that goal.”
The Rams have lost four straight games and eight of their last nine. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams have not yet decided on an interim coach.