Monday, October 7, 2013
Morning Ram-blings: A different approach
By Nick Wagoner
ST. LOUIS -- During his postgame news conference after Sunday's 34-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams' coach Jeff Fisher dropped a seemingly funny line about his team's approach to the final dozen games after a 1-3 start.
“We've put that behind us and we looked at this as if it was the home opener and we just had a poor preseason so, we've got 11 games left on the schedule,” Fisher said.
It'd be hard to blame Fisher if that was exactly the message he gave his team. Awful performances against San Francisco and Dallas had everyone doing their best to erase the memory of those 24-point beatdowns.
From talking to players in the locker room, it sounds as though that really was the message Fisher has preached as he tries to get his team to turn the page. He was not joking.
“Yeah, those first four were just preseason games," quarterback Sam Bradford said. "I think we've played eight preseason games. Any time you win a season opener there's going to be some things that you do well and some things that you need to improve. We'll go in tomorrow and look at the film and try to get ready for Houston next week.”
Given the way the first quarter of the season played out, who am I to question that approach? Whatever it takes to wipe the slate clean and start over. We will find out shortly if it is truly effective.
A roundup of yesterday's stories here on ESPN.com. ... We followed the Rams' win with Rapid Reaction and some quick hits from the locker room. ... From there, we revisited three things to watch from the matchup. ... Then we delved into the case made by Zac Stacy to get another start at running back next week. ... Finally, we offered a look at the Rams' win and how while it may not mean much in the grand scheme, a win was all that mattered on Sunday.
Here's The Associated Press recap with some highlights from the game.
Teammate Michael DiRocco writes that Jaguars quarterback and St. Louis native Blaine Gabbert is running out of opportunities.
At stltoday.com, Jeff Gordon hands out grades for this week. Needless to say, they are much better than the past two weeks.
It was before Sunday's game but still worth a read as Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch details the many areas the Rams need work.
Here is Thomas' running recap of Sunday's game.
Jonathan Webb, of stlouisrams.com, writes that the defense sparked the Rams' victory.