One day removed from a 31-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher looked forward to turning the page to the challenge ahead in his Monday press conference, in the form of Thursday’s game against San Francisco.
The Rams will look to build off a strong showing in 2012 against the 49ers, when they posted a 1-0-1 record against the NFC champions.
“We have a tremendous challenge on our hands here, putting this one behind us as quickly as we can, and putting this one in perspective and then moving right into the 49ers,” Fisher said. The 49ers, in a lot of ways, probably see themselves in the same situation that we’re in. They let one slip away, got beat at home, had some injuries and have to come here on a short week. They have as equal a challenge as we do, so we should have a short week and a good ballgame.”
Fisher underscored the need to establish the running game this week, which got off to a slow start Sunday in Dallas. The Rams finished with 35 yards rushing on 12 carries, as the first-half deficit placed the team in passing situations for the majority of the second half.
“We’ve just got to hand it off more,” Fisher said. “We haven’t had the opportunities—we’ve gotten behind. We’ve got to get back to that early in the game.”
Fisher anticipates no lingering effects from Sunday’s game entering this Thursday.
“This is the National Football League,” Fisher said. “You can’t dwell on it. You have to have a short-term memory, and if you don’t then you won’t bounce back. This team, by and large despite that it’s young, has a short-term memory and understands the next challenge and that’s where we’re going.”
News and notes:
“We’ve had a couple guys on defense who are playing very, very well,” Fisher said. “Twenty-one’ (Jenkins) is playing good football. ‘Fifty-two’ is getting better. He had a lot of plays, made a lot of plays. So, we’ve got some young guys that are really stepping up, and we’re going to have to make sure they continue to improve and bring the rest of the guys with them.”
-Fisher attributed much of the Rams’ struggles against Dallas to its performance on third down. The Rams converted just one of their 13 third-down attempts offensively. By contrast, Dallas was 5-for-11 on third down, including two of their four touchdowns.
-The Rams lead the all-time series with San Francisco 62-61-3.