Apart from Jeff Fisher’s 162nd career loss tying him with Tom Landry for No. 2 on the all-time list, Fisher had another reason to dislike the outcome.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Fisher said that blowing a late 10-0 lead against the Dolphins was one of the toughest losses of his career.
“It was,” Fisher said. “When you’re at home and you’re up by 10, and you got a chance to go up by 13, and you’re playing defense the way you’re playing it, you should just go ahead and just finish the game; capture the game, capture the win. Yeah, it was disappointing ––in particular the two defensive drives considering the way the defense played throughout the game. Miami had won four straight going into this thing, and Ryan [Tannehill] had been playing well. They had multiple 200[-yard] rush games with Jay [Ajayi]. With the exception of the one long run he had, which we overcame, this is a game we should have won.”
Fisher said he’s giving no consideration to changing play callers after another sluggish offensive performance, and he had praise for rookie quarterback Jared Goff in his first career start.
“I was impressed with what he did,” Fisher said. “I thought he managed things well — no delay of games, he was in complete control, he was composed, and he got us in and out of a lot of really good things. We didn’t take our shots down the field, that in retrospect we probably needed to do. But he knew where to go with the football and I was proud of his first outing. We get a stop or intercept a pass — one of the two or three that we had our hands on — we win the game and we’re talking about Jared right now and nothing else.”
The Rams are 4-6, which means that they need to go 3-3 over the final six to get to 7-9. They’ll need to do better than that to get to the playoffs and/or to save Fisher’s job.