Fisher Presser Wrap: 'We're A Different Team'

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Though disappointed with the outcome of the previous evening, Head Coach Jeff Fisher took on an encouraged tone while assessing his team’s performance during the Rams’ 14-9 loss to Seattle on Monday Night.

Fisher addressed the Rams’ improvement on the ground, which included 200 total rushing yards, including a career-high 134 from rookie RB Zac Stacy.

“I think we’re at a place now where we’re different,” Fisher said. “We’re a different team. I kind of like where we’re at. Two hundred yards against the second-ranked defense in the national football league, not a bad deal. We just have to keep it up.”

Fisher praised the work of his offensive line, which, after suffering early-season injuries and struggles in the running game, put together arguably its best game of the season on Monday. The Rams continued to rotate tackles Joe Barksdale and Rodger Saffold, a formula that has paid dividends for the Rams’ offense in the past two weeks.

When you have an offensive line that’s working very well together – there is some rotation going on and I think that even speaks more for what they’re doing,” Fisher said. “(G) Shelley’s (Smith) getting to play, (RT) Rodger’s (Saffold) getting to play – but you take the offensive line and the tight ends and in particular (TE) Cory (Harkey) at the fullback spot, that’s really been effective and that’s created the holes.”

The Rams put together what was statistically their best performance of the season against one of the league’s best rushing attacks, limiting the Seahawks to just 36 yards on the ground. In addition, the Rams established a season-high with seven sacks, including three each from defensive ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn. As a unit, the Rams limited Seattle to just 135 yards of offensive, the fewest allowed by a Fisher-coached team since his Tennessee Titans limited Pittsburgh to 127 yards during Week 2 in 2010.

“It’s been a while, but it’s one of those things,” Fisher said. We had a good plan. We spent a lot of time during the week on the things that they were doing. They had five extra days to prepare for this thing and somehow it just all came together. The big thing in the game is that their punter had the same number of touches as Marshawn Lynch. That’s the difference in the ball game. We held them to 2-for-11 on third down and when you do that they just don’t get the opportunities.”

News and Notes:

-Following his first start at quarterback since 2011, Kellen Clemens received high marks from Fisher on his handling of Monday night’s game.

“I thought he managed the game well, he handled things,” Fisher said. “I think he settled down, 5:36 left to go in the game and he took it 96 yards. I thought that was a pretty impressive job.”

-Fisher said RB Benny Cunningham, who was inactive on Monday, is likely to practice this week.