Jeff Fisher Thinks He Deserves Credit For The Rams’ Turnaround

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In the course of a single offseason, the Los Angeles Rams have undergone one of the most impressive turnarounds in NFL history. After finishing dead last in points scored and 23rd points against a year ago, they’ve scored more than anyone this season and have held opponents to the eighth-fewest point in the league.

The roster is largely the same, but the man pulling the strings on the sidelines is not. After five consecutive losing seasons under the now-deposed Jeff Fisher, head coach Sean McVay has the 11-4 Rams sitting so pretty they’re resting the likes of star running back Todd Gurley and breakout quarterback Jared Goff in Week 17.

But despite the team’s futility ending seemingly with the replacement of Fisher, who was fired with three games left to play a season ago, he apparently wants some credit for their success.

“I have no regrets whatsoever,” Fisher told Nashville’s 104.5 FM. “I am a huge fan of the Rams players. They’re basically—I don’t want to say my players—but I had a lot to do with that roster. Left them in pretty good shape, and Sean (McVay), as he has shown in a short period of time, is an outstanding young coach, and he’s got the offense going, which was needed.”

I can think of a few things Fisher should probably regret from his time with the Rams, like that time it appeared he hadn’t looked at an opponent’s roster in three years or that time he lost his challenge flag.

Fisher, who added he’d like to get back into coaching, got roasted for his comments.

As for his 31-41-1 record as the Rams honcho? Fisher said he’s not gonna make excuses—right after rattling off a list of excuses.

“I get a kick out of people (saying), ‘Oh, you just tied Dan Reeves for most losses in the history of the National Football League.’ Well, I’m a few wins away from being in the top 10. So, where do you want to emphasize? What’s your point?

“Two different franchises, five different cities, six different stadiums. Not an easy thing to do. The Chargers moved from San Diego to Orange County and started 0-4 (this season). Relocation is huge. And I’m not making excuses.”