The Los Angeles Rams are back and now with the premiere of HBO’s Hard Knocks, fans are able to get an in-depth look at the return of their team after 21 years without pro football in the city.
Now that the Rams have officially arrived, the time has come to get down to serious business and no one is more serious than head coach Jeff Fisher. Among the many storylines, perhaps the most intriguing was Fisher making his expectations for this season loud and clear:
“I’m not f—ing going 7-9 or 8-8 or 9-7 or 10-6 for that matter. This team is too talented. I am not going to settle for that,” Fisher said. “You guys take ownership of this thing, you take your ownership and trust that I know what I’m doing and we’ll be fine.”
If players did not think he was serious then, they did after Fisher wasted no time in releasing wideout Deon Long for breaking team rules by having a “guest” at his dorm — even referring to his antics as “7-9 bulls—.”
While the move out west certainly feels like a fresh start for this organization, it resembles a shot at redemption for Fisher. He now finds himself in somewhat of a hot seat after failing to guide the Rams to a winning record since taking over the reigns in 2012.
However, Fisher has made it clear that another 7-9 record will be nothing short of unacceptable as he returns to his native Southern California to coach in the same stadium he used to play in during his USC days. Armed with the knowledge of having to coach a team during relocation (Houston Oilers to Tennessee Titans), Fisher could prove to be just the right man for the job.