The Los Angeles Rams (4-9) – who have lost eight of nine, including three straight by a combined 72 points – fired Jeff Fisher on Monday, and many people believe Eric Dickerson is responsible.
After all, Dickerson was critical of Fisher in recent weeks, and he, as a Hall of Famer and Rams legend, has a lot of pull with the fan base and, perhaps, with the organization. Dickerson, however, believes that’s ludicrous.
“I think Jeff Fisher got Jeff Fisher fired,” Dickerson said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “The play yesterday really just sealed his fate. I think the team gave up on him. I really believe that. He just kind of lost the team. When you lose the football team, it’s over. If your team is not going to play for you, they’re tired of hearing the same old speech, the same old excuses. After awhile the players are like, ‘Man, look, I just don’t want to get hurt. I just want to play and get the season over with.’ That’s the bad part because I’ve been on those kind of teams and it’s frustrating. Todd (Gurley) said it yesterday: ‘Man, have some pride. Go out and play hard no matter what.’ That’s what they didn’t do Sunday. Some guys just went through the motions.”
The Rams lost 42-14 at home to Atlanta. The Falcons led 42-0 through three quarters and did pretty much whatever they wanted all afternoon.“Oh, my gosh, man, it was terrible,” Dickerson said. “When I turned it on, it was 7-0. I’m like, ‘Okay, what happened?’’ Then I saw the highlights. I’m like, ‘Okay, so we’re down 7-0,’ and the game had just started. It was just bad from the beginning.”
Fisher, 58, was 31-45 with the Rams and never finished better than 7-8-1.
“I’ve been saying this from day one: Our offense looks like a high school offense,” Dickerson said. “I’m not trying to put the blame on Rob Boras. I just think that job was a little too much for him. It just was not good. It’s frustrating to watch. It’s frustrating for me to watch the players, Todd Gurley – I just feel bad for him because I’ve been there. I’ve been one of those guys where everything is going wrong.”
Dickerson played for the Rams from 1983-87 and again in 1992. He set the single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards in 1984.
Fisher apparently called Dickerson personally to discuss their beef.
“I said, ‘Man, thanks for having the balls to call me,’” Dickerson said. “I said, ‘I’ve been hearing the grumbling from over at the Rams organization. No one’s called me, but I’ve been hearing about it.’ So he had the balls to call me. But he called me. First of all, he’s not going to talk to me like I’m a kid, like I’m one of the players. I let him know that. If he’s going to call me, he’s going to talk to me like a man. The conversation went the way it went, and it ended. There wasn’t no screaming or yelling or that kind of stuff. But Jeff Fisher – and I’ve been saying this from day one – I didn’t want to say fire him, but I did say, ‘I don’t think he’s the right guy for this football team.’ I’m not trying to be right or wrong, but he just wasn’t the guy to get this team motivated and coach this football team. I think we could have at least four more wins if the coaching would have been up to par.”
Dickerson, 56, believes that the Rams need a head coach who can relate to today’s players and develop a young quarterback. He’s also taking Jared Goff’s rookie season with a grain of salt.
“It’s unfair to make an assumption on Jared Goff,” Dickerson said. “He has to have a fair shot, and this offense and the offensive line, it’s not fair to him. The things that he’s working with, the coaching that he has, it’s not fair to Jared Goff. I think that if he has the proper coaching and the weapons, then if it’s not working out, you can say, ‘Okay, this is not the guy.’ But right now, I just can’t say that. It’s not fair for me to say that about him.”