Sunday, October 13, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: St. Louis Rams
By Nick Wagoner
HOUSTON -- Observed in the locker room after the St. Louis Rams' 38-13 win over the Houston Texans.
A fresh start: Coach Jeff Fisher's message to his team after a disappointing performance against San Francisco in Week 4 was that the first four games didn't happen and they were starting anew. The message seemed a little ridiculous from the outside, but it's clear his team has bought into it. After the game, the team started a "2 and 0, 2 and 0" chant in the locker room. The Rams followed back-to-back 24-point losses with two wins averaging 19.5 points. To a man, every player in the locker room approved of and endorsed the fresh-start idea. Now, the Rams sit at 3-3.
Bates' big day: Rookie linebacker Daren Bates heard his name for all the wrong reasons after last week's holding penalty wiped out a long punt return. That changed Sunday when he recovered a fumble on a kick return and took it 11 yards for a touchdown. Bates held on to the ball from his first score but plans to give it to special teams coach John Fassel. For the record, Bates said his hip injury didn't occur when he was celebrating the touchdown.
Fisher disappointed in Schaub reaction: When Rams defensive end Chris Long dropped Houston quarterback Matt Schaub for a sack in the third quarter, Schaub stayed down with an apparent leg injury. A smattering of Houston fans, already disenchanted with Schaub's recent performances, cheered when Schaub didn't get up. The cheers grew louder when T.J. Yates entered in his place. Asked about it after the game, Fisher expressed disappointment in the reaction, saying Schaub has earned more respect for what he's done in Houston.