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Greg Zuerlein misses extra point, two short field goals

12/7/2014

LANDOVER, Md. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the St. Louis Rams' 24-0 victory against the Washington Redskins:

Zuerlein's rough day: Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein missed an extra point and two short field goals in the first half, leaving the Rams with just a 6-0 lead going into the locker room. He rebounded slightly in the second half by making an extra point and a 34-yard field goal, but all of his kicks seemed to drift to the right. However, Fisher gave Zuerlein a vote of confidence in a unique way after the game.

"I want you all to know that in our closed door locker room there, I had Johnny Hekker hold the ball and put the ball down and Greg hit the locker, and that’s what he was aiming for," Fisher said. "So he’s OK. Greg is going to be fine, OK."

Fisher's funny: Before the game, the Rams had an unusual group of players handling the coin toss duties. Receiver Stedman Bailey, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, defensive tackle Michael Brockers, running back Zac Stacy, left tackle Greg Robinson and linebacker Alec Ogletree represented the team as coin toss captains, a departure from the standard group. But there was a method to coach Jeff Fisher madness. Those six players are the ones on the team's active roster acquired with picks from the team's trade with Washington in 2012. Two others, running back Isaiah Pead and lineman Rokevious Watkins, are not on the current 53-man roster.

Moving on: Fisher barely allowed much time for his team to enjoy Sunday's win, making it clear that the normal 24-hour rule is not in effect this week. The Rams play the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night. I asked linebacker James Laurinaitis if there's a 24-minute rule and he said there's not even a 12-minute rule. The Rams will watch the film of Sunday's win tonight and even start getting into Arizona before Sunday night turns into Monday morning.