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Wrapping Up New England

Posted by nickwagoner on October 30, 2012 – 10:21 PM

– A (semi) recovered and rested head coach Jeff Fisher just completed his postgame post-mortem, talking to the media about Sunday’s disappointing showing against the Patriots in London as well as what’s in store for his team this week as it looks to put that one behind them and begin focusing on San Francisco, a tough road game coming down the pipe in two weeks.

– For this week, the Rams must follow the guidelines of the CBA in terms of what they can and can’t do. It requires players to have a full four days off. Under normal circumstances, that usually means Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

– Since the Rams just got back from London and are working on recovering from jet lag and adjusting back to normal central standard time, it means they’ll have work on Wednesday and Thursday then get Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday off.

– The Rams had meetings and film work today, which is equivalent to what a normal Monday would look like. They’ll have light “practices” Wednesday and Thursday before they are excused for the weekend.

– On the injury front, Fisher said as expected S Matt Daniels has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday afternoon.

– No corresponding roster move has been made yet but Fisher said they will take some time to weigh the options during the bye week.

– As for guys returning from injury, Fisher said he expects LT Rodger Saffold to have a chance to be on the field for the two practices this week in some capacity. If that happens, things would look good for a potential return next week.

– Same for WR Danny Amendola, who has already done work in practice last week.

– Asked about C Scott Wells, Fisher said he’s “a little bit behind.”

– Fisher was also asked about how the O line would look when Saffold and Wells return and he indicated that they’d have many options but said Saffold moving to guard is not one of them.

– Fisher also quickly addressed the rumors of a trade of RB Steven Jackson. He said Jackson is “still our running back” and that they aren’t calling anyone to deal him nor are other teams calling about him. It really doesn’t appear Jackson is going anywhere despite the rumors that are out there. Trade deadline is coming before the week is out.

– As for the game, not much changed in terms of what Fisher saw from his team. It was a complete letdown across the board.

– The lack of pass rush, which was glaring after the game showed up again. In the coaches review, the Rams combined for 17 quarterback pressures and three quarterback hits with no sacks. The unofficial pressbox statistics had them with no quarterback hits so at least someone got a hand on New England QB Tom Brady but still obviously not enough to force him to be uncomfortable at any point in the game. Fisher did say that footing issues were a part of those struggles.

– LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar led the charge with 11 total tackles and S Craig Dahl finished with 10.

– As a whole, the defense had just four tackles for loss.

– When Fisher watched the replays, he said that all three pass interference calls on CB Bradley Fletcher were legitimate.

– But he also made it a point to say he’d like to see the officials protect QB Sam Bradford better. He noted three potential roughing the passer penalties that went uncalled.

– As for where his team stands right now, Fisher boiled it down to these two things, one on each side of the ball: not scoring touchdowns on offense and not getting takeaways on defense. Those are pretty big problem areas that Fisher said will be the focus of the bye week and into next week.

– The other thing that is alarming for Fisher is the continued penalties, especially on offense.

– Fisher addressed WR Brian Quick’s status and said he’s “just behind” and “some guys take a little longer.” Fisher was not pleased with Quick not going to challenge for the ball that was intercepted in the red zone. He also added that he believes Quick is going to be “very good.”

– The Rams now have the challenge of refocusing for the rest of this week and then preparing for San Francisco. Fisher’s message to his team was a simple analogy: there are 16 plays and they just had a bad play. They now have eight more, what are they going to do with them?

– The answer is up to them.

– Thanks for reading. We’ll have coverage of the next two days as we head into the bye.

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