(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis Rams introduced Jeff Fisher as their new head coach at a news conference Tuesday.
The 53-year-old Fisher previously coached the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans from 1994 until 2010. During the 17-year span, Fisher compiled a record of 142-120, including three division titles and six playoff appearances. He led the Titans to Super Bowl 34, in which they fell a yard short in forcing overtime in a 23-16 loss to St. Louis.
“I had two factors,” Fisher said of his decision. “One was a good owner (Stan Kroenke) and the other was the quarterback (Sam Bradford). I’m very excited about the opportunity.”
Fisher takes over a franchise that has gone a dismal 37-91 over the past eight seasons. He will be looking to turn around the fortunes of former number-one overall pick Sam Bradford. During his sophomore campaign this past season, Bradford tossed 2,164 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions, while playing in only 10 games because of a high ankle sprain.
The Rams haven’t been to the playoffs since the 2004 season.
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