Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams have come one game closer to clinching the NFC West, after a decisive win over the Seattle Seahawks 42-7 yesterday. The Rams haven't won the NFC West since the 2003 football season, where the Seahawks have controlled the division, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers won a couple years through the span. The Ram fans have been waiting not only for the opportunity of a winning season (last in 2004), double digits in the win column, and the opportunity to root for their team in the playoffs.
The Ram fans had seen the organization the past 14 years; hire a total of five new head coaches throughout their losing span. When the Rams head coach Dick Vermeil unexpectedly retired after Super Bowl XXXIV, Mike Martz was named the new head coach of the Greatest Show on Turf. Martz led the Rams to the playoffs three times, including a Super Bowl appearance only to lose to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI. Martz would be fired in 2005, where Assistant Coach Joe Vitt, replaced him as the interim head coach.
The Rams hired Scott Linehan as the next head coach, as he coached the team for the next two seasons, from 2006-2008, as he was fired and replaced by defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. The Rams hired New York Giants guru defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, as his defense shut down and upset the highly favored New England Patriots in Super Bowl in XLII. His tenure lasted on two seasons with the organization from 2009-2011.
The Rams will then hire Jeff Fisher, as he never seemed to get the team going in the direction that was expected. Essentially after free agency signing of high profiled names such as Cortland Finnegan, Jake Long, and Jared Cook to name a few, and players from NFL Draft it just not working. Fisher will never lead the Rams to a winning season, his 7-8-1 record in his first season with the team, was the best record team produced under his tutelage.
Fisher was unexpectedly fired after the Rams took a plummeting loss to the Atlanta Falcons 42-14, played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last season. It appeared that his players had laid down on him in this game as the woes of losing continued. The Rams started the season with a 3-1 record but lost the remaining eight out of nine games they played. Fisher was replaced by special teams coach John Fassel. (Watch Videos)
Fassel brief stint as the interim head coach didn’t fare better as the Rams lost the remaining three games they played, including a heart breaking loss to the 49ers in the last game of the season at home.
Jeff Fisher Informs His Staff That He's Been Fired
Jeff Fisher Announces His Firing To The Players
During the off-season, the Rams searched and found their new head coach, by hiring Washington Redskin’s offensive coordinator Sean McVay. McVay, a young innovative coach with an enthusiastic personality, brought in a new “We Not Me” image to his young Ram team, something that the veterans bought into his philosophy of coaching the game. (Watch Video)
The Rams Introduces Sean McVay As New Head Coach
The Rams remarkably have 10-4 record, with two games remaining on their schedule, they have the opportunity of winning 12 games this season, something they haven't accomplished since 2003. Rams travel to Nashville next week and will be hosted by the Tennessee Titans on Christmas Eve. They will travel back home the following week to play an NFC finale’ on New Year’s Eve, against their rejuvenated rival, San Francisco 49ers.RSS Feed
The Rams beat the 49ers in week three at Levi Stadium, after in a game where the 49ers had a late fourth-quarter surge almost taking the lead. The Rams held on to win the game of the score of 41-39, by stopping the 49ers deep in the red zone in the final minute. If the Rams win their final two games, they will control their destiny by clinching a home playoff game as well as a potential first-round bye.
Congratulations to General Manager Les Snead and Vice President of Operations Kevin Demoff, they finally seemed to have found the missing piece of getting this team with a winning success, after being under so much scrutiny of Jeff Fisher continuous losing seasons, and the blockbuster trade to draft Jared Goff number one in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Goff has turned a lot of non-believers into firm believers, as his continuous good play have potentially landed him onto a pro bowl selection. After starting 0-7 in games played, Goff currently has a 10-11 overall record now as the Rams starting quarterback. He is poised and has this young team moving on all cylinders and shall be anxious to win next week's game against the Titans.