I refuse to say the word “gamechanger,” I hate when it is used in everyday context. I’ve seen it used on car commercials or in ads for other products. Those things aren’t games. However, I don’t even like it when it is used in the football sense either – football isn’t a game.
A perfect example is the Los Angeles Rams. In 2016, the Rams moved from St. Louis, Missouri to L.A. because the owner wasn’t making enough money and he wanted the city to help finance a new stadium. No go on that, so he pulled the plug and decided to take his show to L.A. where the Rams came from and the place where he owned a large piece of land. A perfect piece of property to put up a megalithic stadium that will make all the other NFL owner and fans jealous. Why not right?
In the meantime, the Rams were coming off picking first overall in the NFL draft after going 7-9 the season before. They had previously traded picks with Tennessee in order to allow the Titans to get Marcus Mariota in the 2015 draft. All that being said, the Rams also traded their starting Quarterback from 2016 Sam Bradford to Philadelphia, leaving them with a lifetime backup in Case Keenum to open the year. Let it be said that a good starting Quarterback in the NFL is hard to find.
For all the humor that was made of Jeff Fisher, I think he’s a good human being as is evident in the two video series produced about the 2016 Rams season. Unfortunately, he was handed a young team with a less than stellar Quarterback in Keenum and then was forced to start the Rookie in the 10th game of the season after many failures. Fisher was replaced after going 4-9 in 2016, a result of not being able to get the defense off the field or get the run game going. Both of these things I believe come back to the decision to trade Bradford and start Keenum.
As is the case, the coach takes the axe when it comes to these decisions and it was Fisher whose head rolled. It’s not about how he coached the game or how much he cared about the game it was about wins. Plain and simple it was about how much money the owner could make, how good he could make the product look in order to keep the fans. Football isn’t about the game or the people, it’s about the score and the result. Owners don’t care about the coach or the players as long as they get the W. The only “gamechanger” is money, it rules the world.