Fisher won't let relocation talk become a distraction

With owner Stan Kroenke planning to build a football stadium in California, speculation that the St. Louis Rams will once again become the Los Angeles Rams isn't going away anytime soon.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher has heard all the rumors and prefers to try to ignore them.

"I'm looking forward to this year in St. Louis and hoping we can get things worked out," Fisher said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It makes no sense for me or the players to spend time concerned about it, worried about it. If it happens, it happens."

The biggest hurdle will be when his players are asked repeatedly this summer about a potential move -- and by locals to proclaim their loyalty to St. Louis.

"You know, I've had some discussion with the players," Fisher said. "And they're actually more excited right now about what we've done in free agency, and looking forward to what we're doing in the draft, and looking forward to coming back to work than they are talking about any potential to relocate."

Fisher has prior experience with relocations. As the coach of the former Houston Oilers, his team moved to Tennessee after the 1996 season.

"Having gone through it however, I don't think it'd be fair to compare both situations," Fisher said. "But the end result was good (in Tennessee) ... But going to '96 and early '97, we focused on our job. I remember back then telling them don't worry about it. It's out of our control."

Fisher will run that advice back again this season in St. Louis.

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