Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Morning Ram-blings: Sleepless from Seattle
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- It can be hard for any NFL coach to fall asleep after a "Monday Night Football" game, regardless of its outcome. But it's completely understandable that St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher would have had some trouble getting a decent night's rest after what happened against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.
A weary Fisher did his best to present some energy in his normal day-after-game news conference Tuesday afternoon, but near the end of his session with the media, he acknowledged that the 14-9 loss in which the Rams came up a yard short of an upset win left him battling a little insomnia.
“Yes," Fisher said. "Just for the record, coaches don’t like 'Monday Night Football' games."
Fisher said he was being a bit sarcastic on the subject but he went on to point out the difficulties presented by the short turnaround following a Monday night game. Compounding matters is the fact that the Rams will play Fisher's former team, the Tennessee Titans, this week.
Tennessee is coming off a bye so while the Rams are entering a short week, the Titans are coming off extended time off. This is the second consecutive week the Rams are facing a team coming off some extended rest.
"The schedule makers felt like we could overcome these things and we will," Fisher said, a sly grin creeping across his face. "Often times, when you have so much time off, the timing’s off, so we’ll see.”
Apparently, the Rams began an uphill climb even before their short week began. Fisher said the team had a power failure at Rams Park on Monday and the coaching staff lost half the stuff on its computers, leaving them to re-do that work.
"It’s hard," Fisher said. "You’ve got to go on, so players’ day off. They’re in here getting treatments and we’ll have them in tomorrow. We’re going to put this to rest and get ready for the next one. We’ll sleep in the offseason.”
A roundup of the Rams' stories appearing on ESPN.com on Tuesday: We kicked off the day with Ram-blings and then went right into the piece from Rick Reilly on Rams center Scott Wells. ... From there, we dived into this week's Upon Further Review, a look at four hot issues coming out of the Rams' loss to Seattle. ... Next up was this week's Power Rankings, where the Rams actually moved up two spots despite losing. ... In sticking with the weekly post theme, we did our rookie review with snap counts and production for the team's rookie class. ... Fisher provided an update on injured guard Harvey Dahl and running back Zac Stacy, well, sort of. ... Finally, we looked at some of the statistical evidence of what made the Rams' loss to Seattle so surprising despite a dominant defensive performance.
Stltoday.com looks at the Rams coming up short against Seattle in a winnable game.
Jeff Gordon grades the Rams for their performance against the Seahawks.
Columnist Bryan Burwell writes that the Rams got "too cute" with their play calling at the end of the game.
Jim Thomas writes about the work of running back Zac Stacy against Seattle.
Joe Lyons details defensive end Robert Quinn's big day.
Turf Show Times provides a great look at this week's edition of Dancing with the Stars, er, I mean the work of Quinn and bookend Chris Long, including their post-sack celebrations.
SI.com with its breakdown of Monday night's game.
At 101sports.com, Randy Karraker provides 10 observations from the Rams-Seahawks game.