– Rams coach Jeff Fisher just wrapped up his Monday news conference on the heels of a 15-12 win against the Bills in Buffalo and had a potpourri of thoughts on a number of topics. Let’s run through what Fisher had to say as always.
– First, on the injury front, Fisher acknowledged that some guys were banged up and would be held out of Wednesday’s work. He named C Scott Wells (knee) and WR Danny Amendola (foot) specifically. Wells has been on the same plan the past two weeks where he’s managed during the week to get to the game. Stands to reason this week will be the same.
– As for Amendola, Fisher said he tried to do some work before the game but they decided it was better to keep him out another week to heal up further. Fisher did say Amendola has a “much better chance” to play this week. He added that Amendola needs to be “close to 100 percent” to be his usual, effective self.
– S Craig Dahl has a concussion but is feeling OK and Fisher said he’ll go through the normal tests this week before he’s cleared to return.
– T Rodger Saffold had some issues with his back during the game but came out of it OK.
– As always with injuries, we’ll know much more on Wednesday when the team returns to practice.
– On the game, Fisher was pleased with his defense for preserving the win on the final drive, something that has been elusive earlier in the season. He noted that DE Robert Quinn’s sack on second down was a particularly big play because it chewed Buffalo’s last timeout.
– Asked the customary playoff question, Fisher said the focus is on the Vikings and said he has nobody who is in charge of knowing the playoff scenarios. He again said if his team was further along and had more wins then it could be a topic to motivate his team to play for homefield advantage but as it stands, the message is that the next game is the only thing that matters.
– The weather in Buffalo got progressively worse as the game went on but Fisher felt like his team handled the conditions well. He noted the special teams had perhaps its best game of the season against two dangerous return units, was pleased with the run defense and was proud of the offense for coming through on the late drives though he said they had way too many three and outs in the first half, especially.
– For QB Sam Bradford, Fisher made mention of his three late drives this season and discussed the emphasis put on close and late scenarios in practice as paying off for Bradford. He said it’s important to let his QB know that incompletions on early downs are OK on late drives so long as they don’t become turnovers there is always the next down.
– The success of the run defense the past two weeks encourages Fisher and he said it’s a matter of everyone contributing to the cause.
– Speaking directly about rookie DT Michael Brockers, Fisher said he’s coming on and is doing a good job of fighting through the rookie wall and getting push inside more and more as the season goes on.
– One stat lost in the mix from yesterday was that the Rams were penalized just twice for 17 yards and had no penalties on offense. He said he thought his team did a better job of playing disciplined in all three phases and was particularly pleased with the job done by both lines to avoid false starts/offsides infractions.
– By now, the personality of this year’s team has come to light and Fisher talked about the recent trend of the defense having to scratch and claw to keep the team in it before the offense can piece together clutch, late drives. He said the offense has got to start scoring more points but he said the defense doesn’t feel any added pressure and views it as a challenge to play its best every week. Fisher also said this current offense “is not equipped like New England to score 40 on teams.” That doesn’t mean they won’t try but for now, winning hos this team has won this year is just fine by Fisher and everyone else involved.
– Another thing in Sunday’s game that Fisher liked was how his team didn’t panic, particularly after a sequence early in the third quarter when the Rams broke through and scored and the defense gave the points right back to the Bills with a scoring drive of their own. Fisher said nobody lost sight of the goal and the defense settled in and yielded nothing else.
– This Rams team, according to Fisher is learning not to look at the scoreboard and just playing. Fisher has long believed that just going out and doing your job as a collective will lead to the result you want on the scoreboard. The idea is that playing hard and having “a lot of people in the frame” gives you a much better chance to win games.
– Looking ahead, Fisher discussed the challenge of facing Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson this week (more on this as the week goes on) and again shot down playoff talk. He said the goal right now is to improve as much as possible, win the next game and that will ultimately determine where this team ends up.
– The Rams get back to practice Wednesday with the Vikings coming to town. Thanks for reading.
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