Monday, December 16, 2013
Morning Ram-blings: Ryan a non-issue
By Nick Wagoner
ST. LOUIS -- Even with a convincing home victory against the New Orleans Saints under their belt, the St. Louis Rams insisted that the victory didn't mean any more because of what happened with Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in the offseason.
Chronicled here and many other places during the past week, Ryan's last-minute change of heart about taking the Rams' coordinator job apparently offered no added incentive for the Rams.
St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher was asked once more if he took a little added satisfaction from beating Ryan but stuck to the high road once again in response.
“Not at all ... I commented on the record," Fisher said. "When people change their mind, they change their mind and I was fine with that. He’s a good coach, they’ve got a good coach and he’s done a nice job with their defense.”
Of course, out in public, Fisher will likely never acknowledge that he took a little extra joy in beating Ryan and the Saints but it's hard to believe there isn't even just a small iota of pleasure from it.
As for his team, the players never even got to meet Ryan before he moved on to the Big Easy. End Chris Long, as is his custom, provided the best line on the topic.
"I had forgotten about that," Long said. "I think that’s just something people outside the building are wondering more about. He was our coach for like maybe 12 hours on like, the internet."
On Sunday, Ryan was the Saints defensive coordinator well beyond the internet but probably wouldn't have minded having it limited to the confines of the web.
A roundup of the weekend's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In Saturday's Ram-blings, we discussed Ryan's comments about passing on the Rams' job. ... From there, we looked at three things to watch in Sunday's game as well as a closer look at three important match ups in the game. ... Finally for Saturday, it was a look at an under the radar roster move and what it likely meant for rookie receiver Tavon Austin's status. ... By Sunday morning, Austin's status became official as he was declared inactive because of an ankle injury. ... Rapid Reaction provided quick thoughts on the Rams' win. ... Then we examined the dominance of defensive end Robert Quinn and his case for Defensive Player of the Year. ... Finally, we did our best to play armchair psychologist and figure out the young and inconsistent Rams.
Saints reporter Mike Triplett breaks down the continued road woes of the Saints and what it could mean in the big picture.
At stltoday.com, Jeff Gordon hands out a report card for the Rams that would land them in the mix for valedictorian.
Jim Thomas chronicles all of the day's happenings in his game recap.
Gordon also took part in his game day chat.
Appearing Sunday morning, columnist Bernie Miklasz had a good piece on the loyalty of Rams' fans being tested.
At FoxSportsMidwest.com, Nate Latsch says the Rams defense provides hope for the future.
Five quick thoughts on the Rams' win from Turf Show Times.