– Welcome to this week’s edition of Wrapping Up as we take a look back at Chicago. This version will be abbreviated slightly but be sure to check the two new stories on the home page for plenty of information and quotes from coach Jeff Fisher.
– First, on the injury front, the Rams came out of yesterday’s 23-6 loss to the Bears with nothing of note. That’s a big plus for a team that had been hit hard the past couple of weeks.
– RB Steven Jackson did no further damage to his groin injury but he’s still clearly not at full strength. The hope is that he’ll be able to get to full strength sooner than later with another week of rest.
– For those that are like me and are clamoring to get a look at this defense and this defensive line with rookie DT Michael Brockers in there, that chance might come this week. Fisher said it looks like there’s a chance he’ll practice this week and he could be ready to go. It’s not a moment too soon with the grind it out Seahawks and their run game coming to town.
– No word on others returning though it’s possible DT Matt Conrath and S Matt Daniels could work their way back in also. We’ll have to wait and see until Monday.
– As for the game, Fisher didn’t have much different to offer than what he said in his instant analysis from the game on Sunday. He again pointed out the offensive struggles. But he also seemed a bit relieved that he felt like many of the offensive issues could be corrected.
– One thing that will have to be corrected is communication issues. That’s something that comes with time and chemistry, two things this group of five does not yet have. But they need to find it. The sooner the better.
– Fisher was disappointed that the offense missed on some chances to make big plays on the few occasions they presented themselves. He noted the drop by WR Brandon Gibson on the deep ball. The hope is Gibson will bounce back. He’d been off to such a strong start, it’d be a shame if he didn’t.
– On defense, Fisher was pleased with the performance overall but wasn’t happy with the Bears early success running the ball. Likewise, Chicago had success in the screen game and many of those plays were continually run to the same side. The Rams have to get that cleaned up.
– Also, Fisher wants to see even more takeaways. The Rams have done a good job of getting interceptions but the reality is they have missed some opportunities with drops on potential interceptions and they have yet to even cause a fumble. Fisher wants more.
– On special teams, Fisher said he thought his group did a fine job though he would like to see more from his punter and on kickoffs. Devin Hester didn’t get a big one but he got too many opportunities to get that big one.
– As for the two first-half penalties that resulted in the Bears’ 10 points, Fisher believed both were penalties but one was the incorrect call. When LB Mario Haggan knocked over Bears P Adam Podlesh, he felt the contact was incidental and should have been a “running into” the punter rather than “roughing.” The difference is 10 yards and an automatic first down. Had it been called “running into,” the Rams still would have been able to get off the field.
– On the helmet to helmet hit call on S Darian Stewart, Fisher believed it was borderline but understood the call and had no qualms with it.
– The Rams now get to work on a tough Seattle team that will be coming to St. Louis on a short week. But the Rams have two games in a span of just five days next week so they have a lot on their plates. Fisher already discussed that with his team and hopes they can focus and get to work in the next 10 days.
– Thanks for reading.
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