Locker Room Buzz: St. Louis Rams

October, 6, 2013
10/06/13
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ST. LOUIS -- Observed in the locker room after the St. Louis Rams' 34-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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A win is a win: If anyone was in need of some clichés after this one, the Rams had plenty available. Regardless of opponent, the Rams needed to get a victory and that's why there was a lot of the usual description of how hard it is to get a victory in the NFL. There's truth to it, too. The general feeling in the locker room seemed to be one of relief but also cautious optimism considering a trip to Houston lurks next week.

Miscommunication: Jacksonville receiver Justin Blackmon took a first-quarter pass from Blaine Gabbert 67 yards for an early touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Blackmon ran wide open on a play that Rams coach Jeff Fisher said was the result of a miscommunication. The Rams have had their share of those this season and they continue to result in touchdowns. Fisher put the blame on himself and his coaching staff.

Austin out quick: Rams receiver Tavon Austin exited the locker room quickly after Sunday's game, so quick that he still had his eye black on when he walked out with his bags slung over his shoulder. Fisher said he hadn't seen the special-teams penalties that continue to wipe out Austin's punt returns but did acknowledge that whatever is happening has to stop.

"Out of fairness to Tavon, we can’t even get close to blocks in the backs or holds because he’s got a chance to make some plays for us," Fisher said.

If, indeed, Austin left on account of frustration after having more punt return yards taken away by penalty, who could blame him? His electric return ability has been almost completely neutralized by the continued penalties.

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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