What a way to ring in the extended era of ineptitude of head coach Jeff Fisher than by putting on yet another abysmal display of Fisher’s inability to effectively progress a Los Angeles team he clearly has no business coaching.
Frustrations boiled over in the Rams locker room after suffering a 42-14 drubbing at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons when running back Todd Gurley questioned the offense and even his own teammates. Gurley said his team was running what “looked like a middle school offense”.
“Man, we gotta play,” Gurley said. “I don’t care if we’re out of the playoffs or not. I don’t care. Just come up, show up, play. That’s why we play this game. Show up, play.”
Gurley was, for the most part, ineffective, held below 100 rushing yards for the 20th time in his past 21 games.
“I don’t,” the running back replied. “I really don’t. We’re just going through the motions. It looks like everybody’s just playing to get through.”
Los Angeles ranks last in the NFL in first downs, yards and points per game and their offense has been stagnant for almost all of the 2016 season.
“We looked like a middle school offense out there,” Gurley said after compiling 83 yards from scrimmage and punching in the Rams’ first touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter. “I mean, I’m going to be quiet. My mom said if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t even say it. I’m just going to leave it as that.”
Fisher, who was idiotically awarded a contract extension recently, tied an NFL record with his 165th career loss.
Even though Fisher is the biggest wart on this team and on the franchise, Gurley seemed supportive of his head coach.
“Coaches don’t have anything to do with it. This is about us. We’re on the field.”
When Gurley was asked about what the team can do to get on the right track:
“I really don’t know,” Gurley said before repeating “really” eight times and then another “don’t know.”
“We all got to figure that out,” he said.
It seems obvious to me and most of you reading it, most analysts and reporters around the NFL, and to anyone outside of the Rams front office that the issue has been and will continue to be Jeff Fisher.
Yet, the Rams seem content on a long-term investment for a coach who has been a trainwreck during his tenure, who feuds with franchise legends and may waste the other-worldly talents on players such as Todd Gurley.