Nobody can seem to confirm the rumors that head coach Jeff Fisher and the Los Angeles Rams have agreed on a contract extension, but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk now says there is a “strong sense” throughout the NFL that a new deal is in place.
The report also states that the extension will not be announced until a time the team “deems to be appropriate.” In this case, it will likely come on the heels of a big win if the Rams manage one of them this season. The Rams are coming off a humiliating Week 1 loss at the hands of the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers.
Not only was it a loss, it was a 28-0 shutout in which the 49ers’ Blaine Gabbert looked like a functional NFL quarterback. That isn’t the strongest endorsement for Fisher, who at the very least is expected to have the Rams looking somewhat competent on defense to meet the bare minimum requirements in his job description.
Los Angeles seems like it has too much talent on the defensive side of the ball to struggle like it did, but Fisher’s future is reportedly safe, though no details about the length or amount of his deal are known. Fisher is currently in the final season of a five-year, $35 million contract.
Fisher made the decision to start Case Keenum at quarterback despite the team trading a slew of picks to move up to the top pick in this year’s draft to select Jared Goff. Keenum will remain the starter despite struggling in Week 1, though Goff will be active as the backup after not dressing for the opener.