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Wrapping Up Miami

Posted by nickwagoner on October 15, 2012 – 11:29 PM

- Rams coach Jeff Fisher completed his Monday meeting with the media discussing what he saw from Sunday’s disappointing loss in Miami as the Rams fell 17-14 to the Dolphins.

- Real quick, Fisher said he had “nothing to report” on the injury front. As suspected post game, the Rams came out of the game clean on injuries. Getting close to the point where a status for T Rodger Saffold and C Scott Wells will need to be determined.

- As for the game, Fisher was quick to lament his team’s performance in the second quarter yesterday. He pointed to the seven penalties, two missed field goals and some miscues such as CB Janoris Jenkins’ bad read on Miami’s 29-yard touchdown pass. Those things added up to a 10-0 quarter in favor of the Dolphins and ultimately put the Rams’ backs against the wall.

- Jenkins called it “bad eye” when asked about it Sunday. It’s something he’s made a habit of doing but Fisher said Monday that he’s making an “educated guess” when he does that. It’s not that Fisher wants him to stop trusting his instincts, it’s that Fisher wants him to further develop his instincts so it doesn’t continue to happen.

- Field position was a big issue in the game as it will always be when you have a low scoring game. Consider this: the Rams scored their lone touchdown of the day on the drive they had their best field position (their own 38). Miami scored its two touchdowns on drives with their two best field positions – save for the fumble recovery in Rams territory that resulted in a field goal – that’s not a coincidence.

- Fisher was pleased with how his receivers stepped up in the absence of Danny Amendola. He commended Brandon Gibson, Austin Pettis, Steve Smith and Chris Givens by name. He also brought out a cool statistic: Givens is the first rookie WR to have a 50+ yard catch in three consecutive games since 1983. The receiver who did it then? Willie Gault. Coincidentally, Gault was a teammate of Fisher’s with the Chicago Bears.

- The Rams defense has broken through and is now in the top 10 in the league in total defense (seventh) and scoring defense (fifth) going into the Monday night game. That’s been helped by playing some offenses that aren’t among the top tier of the league. That will change with Green Bay, New England and San Francisco coming. Tough challenges, all.

- Fisher will continue to emphasize scoring touchdowns over field goals for his team. He said Monday the goal is to have two touchdowns for every one field goal.

- No defensive players were much in the mood to celebrate what actually was a dominant performance because of one thing: they couldn’t come up with a takeaway. Particularly frustrating was the sack/fumble by LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar. The ball rolled 17 yards down field and went out of bounds. Usually plays like that result in touchdowns for the defense but the Rams got a bad break.

- The Rams begin preparation for Green Bay tonight. Tough game but they will be happy to return to the confines of the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday.

- Thanks for reading.


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