Fisher Press Conference Wrap: Fisher: Rams Ready to Carry On Despite Adversity

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Just over 24 hours after losing his starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2013 season Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher remained confident in his team’s ability to rebound quickly and compete at his Monday news conference.

“It’s a difficult day for us, but we’re going to move forward,” Fisher said. “I met with the team this morning and explained that in this world, when you have an impact player go down with a season-ending injury, everyone else has to step up—coaches included.”

Fisher spoke of his confidence in quarterback Kellen Clemens, who will assume the role of starter this week against Seattle on Monday night. Clemens, who will be receiving his first start since 2011, is well-versed in the Rams’ offensive system, having worked with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer from 2006-2010 with the New York Jets, in addition to the last two years in St. Louis. Clemens completed two of four passes for 19 yards on Sunday after Bradford departed in the fourth quarter.

“Kellen will start this week and he has a very good understanding of our offense,” Fisher said. “We’ll have him ready to play. On the field, he does a great job. He prepares himself. He’s kind of a gunslinger and he’s going to run around and make plays. He’s a tough guy and he’s a great teammate.”

Bradford’s injury came at a time when the Rams appeared to be on a clear upswing, both in on-field performance and in health. The Rams entered Sunday winners of their previous two games, and punctuated Sunday’s game with the return of LT Rodger Saffold, who had missed the previous four games due to injury. Individually, Bradford’s injury put a damper on what had been a productive day for the fourth-year quarterback, as he had completed 21-of-30 passes for 255 yards and one touchdown, his 14th of the season.

One day removed from that disappointment, Fisher chose to only look forward.

“We’ve been dealt with a setback, but we’ll come around,” Fisher said. “We’re excited about the opportunity to play Monday night against the Seahawks.”

News and Notes:

-Fisher said the Rams will acquire one, and possibly two quarterbacks this week, though the team will not make a trade to add depth to the position. Any quarterback acquired this week will use a truncated version of the playbook in order to hasten his readiness.

“Whoever ends up being (No.) ‘2’ and/or ‘3’ will have a limited package to get us through the ballgame,” Fisher said.

-Fisher was pleased with the Rams’ run defense at Carolina. The Panthers gained 102 yards on 38 carries, an average of 2.7 yards per attempt.

“I thought we improved quite a bit against the scheme, and that’s a very difficult scheme,” Fisher said.

-Monday night will mark Clemens’ 32nd career game and 13th start, but his first-ever appearance against Seattle.

-K Greg Zuerlein connected on both of his field-goal attempts on Sunday, and is 11-for-11 to start the season. He is one of just six NFL kickers to remain perfect on the season.