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Jeff Fisher comments on his firing from Rams

Fisher has issued a statement in response to his firing as the Rams head coach.

The Los Angeles Rams on Monday night made the decision to fire head coach Jeff Fisher after nearly five full seasons. 

Fisher issued a statement in regards to the move on Tuesday voicing his appreciation and gratitude towards the organization for giving him the opportunity. 

"First and foremost, I want to thank (Rams owner) Stan Kroenke for the opportunity to be part of this organization the last four and a half years," Fisher said, according to NFL.com. "I want to thank the entire football staff as it has been a privilege to work with each one of them day in and day out."

"I especially want to thank all of the players. They are a great group of men that I respect, and that I will greatly miss. My hope is that each one of the players experience great success in the future."

Fisher had been originally hired as the head coach prior to the 2012 season and garnered a 31-45-1record in almost five seasons with the team. He had failed to amass more than seven wins in any campaign while finishing no greater than third in the standings in the NFC West. 

The tipping point to this determination came after Sunday's embarrassing 42-14 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons, which marked the fifth straight losing season in as many years under Fisher. The Rams have lost eight out of their last nine contests, which has eliminated them from the playoffs and marked their 10th straight losing season. This was also a far cry from their strong start to the year winning three of their first four games putting them atop of the divisional standings.

Kevin Demoff, the team's chief operating officer and vice president for football operation, stated on Monday that the firing was an extremely difficult decision to make but viewed it as a being an "organizational failure."

"I want to thank Jeff for five years of unwavering leadership, we put him in some tough circumstances over the past few years," Demoff said. "He was absolutely the right person when we hired him in 2012 and the right person to help bring this club back. And, for whatever reason, this year we didn’t have the kind of success over the past few weeks that I think we all expected and wanted. It’s unfortunate for him today because this is an organizational failure."

Los Angeles has named special teams coordinator John Fassel as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The Rams' first test without Fisher will be on Thursday night against the NFC West division-leading Seattle Seahawks


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