Former Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher opened up about his firing back in the 2016 season, and the 60-year-old got emotional when discussing the events that led up to it.
Fisher talked about his final season with the Rams in an interview with Charlotte Wilder of Sports Illustrated. In early December, Fisher received a two-year extension, only to be informed the following week that the Rams "were going in a different direction."
And just like that, Fisher's five-year tenure with the Rams came to an end, even though the front office had just given him a vote of confidence with an extension. Per Wilder, Fisher teared up after explaining "how he watched the bus pull away from the stadium on a Wednesday...before he packed up his office and left."
"It’s a tough memory," Fisher said, per Wilder. "Rejection is hard."
The Rams were constantly criticized for their devotion to Fisher. The team had a trio of seven-win seasons under his belt, never going better than 7-8-1, which was accomplished in 2012. Fisher went 31-45-1 over his five seasons with the Rams.
After the 2016 season, the Rams hired Sean McVay as head coach, and the 32-year-old has led the team to consecutive NFC West division titles. So with all due respect to Fisher, there's no denying that a coaching change wound up being a major franchise-changer for the Rams.
In the interview with Wilder, Fisher did say that he would like to coach again. But right now, he's enjoying hunting and finishing across the United States, particularly in Tennessee, Montana, Alaska and Argentina.
Fisher had plenty of success as head coach of the Tennessee Titans, leading them to six playoff berths, a Super Bowl XXXIV appearance and two trips to the AFC Championship Game. Perhaps other teams will look at his success in the Music City and give Fisher another chance to coach.
What This Means
It's always tough for a head coach to lose their jobs, especially in Fisher's situation. He earned an extension, only to be fired over a week later. He's enjoying the post-coaching life now, but perhaps Fisher will wind up becoming a head coach again before we know it.