It was more of the same for the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon as they fell to a 49-21 blowout defeat against the New Orleans Saints, marking their seventh loss in the last eight games.
The Rams once promising 3-1 start to the season that put them atop of the NFC West is now a distant memory with the team currently sitting with the 14th best record in the NFC three games behind the Washington Redskins for the final wild-card spot in the playoffs.
This has become an all-too-familiar territory for the Rams entering the final stretch of games under head coach Jeff Fisher. If Los Angeles were to drop two of their final five contests, it would be the fifth time in as many seasons that the team finished with an under .500 record while placing no higher than third in the division standings.
In fact, Sunday's loss to the Saints handed Fisher his 163rd regular-season loss, which broke the tie with Tom Landry for second-most all-time by a head coach. He is now just three losses short of surpassing Dan Reeves for the all-time mark.
All of this has made the frustration spewing from the fan base that much greater with the franchise seemingly stuck in a rut of just being nothing more than a competitive team. This is something that Fisher is well aware of and understands the disappointment coming from the fans.
“They have the right to do that. It’s my responsibility, ultimately it’s my responsibility," Fisher said. "The win-loss record falls on my shoulders. Again, my responsibility is to deal with this football team and get them ready to play the next game.”
At the same time, there has been a building outside momentum to see a coaching change with the team falling in the same pattern of struggles in the regular season. Even with this ever-growing cloud laying over the team, there doesn't appear to be much concern from Fisher in regards to his job security over the long haul.
"No, I don’t worry about it. I’m not pleased with where we are right now," Fisher said. "Each year, each roster is different. We took over a 2-14 team and we built it, we were competitive. We’ve had quarterback issues – you guys can do the math, you know how many different quarterbacks we’ve played with. We’ve moved on, we’re moving forward with Jared. We’ve got a roster that we need to continue to upgrade. I’m disappointed with the record. As I told you guys before, I don’t look over my shoulder.”
The noise could become even greater if the Rams were to fall to yet another loss in Week 13 on the road against the New England Patriots, whose 9-2 record is tied for the best mark in the AFC, including having won six out of their last seven games.
"It’s a one week at a time thing. We have to focus all of our attention on the Patriots, and (QB) Tom (Brady), and the way they’re playing," Fisher said. "They’re a great football team, and they’ve got a great record at home, our focus has to go there. That’s all we do. As I said, the guys bounced back this morning, they understood. We put it behind us. They understood the defense was very, very disappointing. But, our focus is there right now.”