The Los Angeles Rams have been busy this offseason.
First off, they moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles, and that’s more than enough for one big move an offseason. Then they traded up to the number one pick in the draft and took quarterback Jared Goff.
Now, they’re working on contract extensions for head coach Jeff Fisher and General Manager Jeff Snead. But then again, those talks have been ongoing since February according to Pro Football Talk.
Fisher and Snead have worked together first in St. Louis and now in Los Angeles for four years, but their records haven’t been all that great. They’ve gone 7-8-1, 7-9, 6-10, and 7-9 over the last four years respectively.
However, with his team moving West, owner Stan Kroenke reportedly wants stability. Fisher and Snead are entering the final season of five-year contracts they both signed with the Rams in 2012.
Fisher, 58, grew up in Woodland Hills, California and played at USC. He was hired by the Rams in 2012 after coaching the Tennessee Titans from 1995 to 2010. Fisher won the AFC Title in 1999 when he led the Titans to a 13-3 record and a spot in the Super Bowl.
Snead, 45, was hired by the Rams in 2012 after working for the Atlanta Falcons from 1997 to 2011. Before he was hired by Los Angeles, Snead had been the Atlanta Falcons’ Director of Player Personnel from 2009 to 2011.
Snead and Fisher have accomplished a lot during their time together first in St. Louis and now in Los Angeles. In 2012, their first big move was to trade the #2 overall pick to the Washington Redskins. That worked out well for the Rams and not so much for the ‘Skins. When the two teams played two years later in 2014, Fisher sent out all the players he drafted with Washington’s traded picks for the pre-game coin toss.
Fisher and Snead also made history in 2014 when they drafted Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to enter the draft.
In recent years, Fisher and Snead have done very well in the draft. In 2014, they drafted Aaron Donald with the 13th overall pick. The defensive tackle would go on to win the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2014. A year after drafting Donald, they selected running back Todd Gurley with the 10th overall pick. Gurley won the 2015 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
It’s highly unlikely Fisher and Snead will be stuck in “lame duck” status for much longer as both are in their contract years. While their records over the past four seasons aren’t great, the team is turning the corner. If Goff ends up working out, he should pair well with Gurley in the backfield while Donald leads the defense.
The one thing to keep in mind however in all of this, Fisher and Snead now work for the Los Angeles Rams and expectations in Southern California will be very different than in Eastern Missouri.