The San Francisco 49ers are 1-10, and they really stink. Yes, there are signs of life, but this team is in the early stages of a significant rebuilding process. They face the Chicago Bears on Sunday in a matchup of two teams “battling” for one of the top two or three picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.
And yet, I still will say, at least we don’t have Jeff Fisher coaching the team.
I realize Fisher has a Super Bowl ring, and he had some really good Tennessee Titans. However, over the last seven years, he has reached .500 once, going 8-8 in his penultimate season with the Titans. In 4+ seasons with the Rams, Fisher has records of 7-8-1, 7-9, 6-10, 7-9, and now 4-7. And apparently that’s enough to keep him around even longer.
Rams COO Kevin Demoff recently said it is unfair to judge Fisher’s work this season based on wins and losses. He said given the circumstances, that would be unfair. There are arguments to be made for looking at things other than wins and losses with the 49ers, but Chip Kelly has been there one season, and without a big haul of picks. Fisher has been with the Rams going on five years, and the team had the RG3 trade haul of picks.
Matt Ufford discussed Jeff Fisher’s career as a coach. In recent year he is a bad coach, but not bad enough to fire. It’s a bit paradoxical at times, but that’s where the Rams stand. I don’t know how long it will take the 49ers to turn things around, but I do know that for the foreseeable future, as long as Jeff Fisher is in charge of the Rams, there will not be some gran turnaround, barring extraordinary circumstances. And while the 49ers deserve to be laughed at, we can also laugh at the Rams.