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Wrapping Up New York

Posted by nickwagoner on November 19, 2012 – 11:52 PM

– Rams coach Jeff Fisher just wrapped up his usual Monday post-mortem and hit on a variety of topics so let’s waste no time diving in.

– First, on the injury front, LB Mario Haggan does have an elbow injury that will cause him to miss time. Fisher said the Rams will keep an eye on him but it’s unclear what his status will be moving forward.

– Likewise, WR Danny Amendola will have his injured right foot monitored this week as well.

– On the bright side, C Scott Wells will be activated this week and return to practice. Whether he starts Sunday in Arizona depends on how this week of practice goes but he will be back on the 53. The Rams will have to make a decision on a roster move to clear room for Wells. Logically, it would seem an offensive lineman would have to go considering the numbers the team is carrying at the position.

– As for the game, Fisher said he was disappointed in the outcome but noted he’s sometimes disappointed after wins. He said he fed the team a dose of reality in the form of the game film and said they “would be fine” but not before they got a look at how poorly things went against the Jets.

– In looking at the game, Fisher said he believed the score could well have been 17-3 Rams at halftime but the turnovers and penalties killed them. They missed an opportunity to establish a big lead and when it slipped away, the team fell down the rabbit hole.

– If there were a couple of bright spots, Fisher cited the special teams performance and the return of WR Chris Givens and CB Janoris Jenkins to the lineup. He said both did some good things upon their return.

– On the penalty that went against the Rams to nullify Givens’ kick return for a touchdown, Fisher said he saw three holds that were more egregious than that one on the opening kickoff the Jets returned. Needless to say, there’s continued disappointment for the Rams in that flag.

– Fisher followed that up by saying that his team still has to be smarter, noting that “we are not good enough to put ourselves in that position” where a call can be made. The young players will continue to be coached up.

– Speaking of that, Fisher was asked about the rookies hitting something of a wall in recent weeks. He said he didn’t believe there’s a wall but did say that considering the amount of rookies on the field, it’s pretty common for rookie mistakes to happen.

– When asked about the abandonment of the running game (before the score got away), Fisher did acknowledge that he thought they should have fed RB Steven Jackson more. In fact, Fisher and Jackson had a discussion about it today and Fisher said the Rams have to be more committed to that.

– Taking it a step further, Fisher said the game plan the Jets used offensively – committing to the run and pounding away 40+ times – was the same formula the Rams should have used. He regrets that wasn’t the case.

– Asked about the performance of QB Sam Bradford, Fisher said the tape showed a number of plays where the Rams kept extra blockers in when the Jets blitzed but those plays leave just three receivers, making it more difficult for things to come open. The unorthodox Jets defense tied the Rams up in knots offensively and the result was not good.

– One thing Fisher will emphasize and has emphasized moving forward: consistency. They have come out on first in the past three games but haven’t sustained that all the way through. That has to be the goal moving forward.

– Fisher does not believe his team was flat on Sunday. He said energy was not an issue and his team played hard even if the results didn’t bear that out.

– Of course, the turnover situation continues to be a point of wonder. Fisher said he’s never been a part of a team with this long of a drought in terms of takeaways. He remains surprised by the way the ball seems to consistently bounce away from his team and toward the opponent.

– On the defense overall, Fisher was not pleased, saying his group gave up too many big plays in the pass game and too many yards on the ground, particularly in key situations. Without turnovers, the defense has to get off the field on third down. It did neither.

– CB Trumaine Johnson has replaced Bradley Fletcher as the third corner in the nickel but Fisher made it clear to point out that Fletcher remains heavily involved in certain packages. Those packages simply weren’t used against the Jets.

– Off topic a bit, Fisher was asked about the emergence of WR Danario Alexander, the former Ram who has posted back to back big games for the Chargers. Fisher said he knew Alexander was a tremendous talent but the question with Alexander has never been talent. Instead, Fisher said it was impossible to get a fair evaluation of Alexander because he was never available from a health standpoint.

– The Rams get back to practice on Wednesday as they head back to the West Coast for another division opponent this week in the Cardinals. Thanks for reading.

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