A day after the Rams dropped their season finale 27-9 in Seattle, Head Coach Jeff Fisher exuded confidence in the trajectory of the franchise during his final weekly news conference of the season.
“Overall, I think we’ve improved over last year,” Fisher said. “I know the record doesn’t reflect it, but I think we have a team moving into the offseason that is significantly better than the team we took in last year.”
The Rams finished with their second straight seven-win season, the first time they’ve had consecutive years of seven wins or more since 2003-2004.
Much of Fisher’s optimism has come in light of a coming of age of sorts for a multitude of Rams rookies, led by RB
Ogletree ended the season with six consecutive games of 10 or more tackles and led the Rams with 155 total stops, setting a team rookie record and becoming the first player not named
“There’s a lot of things we take pride in, I thought that was one thing in particular,” Fisher said. “The defense settled down and we changed some things. Again, I go back to those two games in five days. That was hard, but we played some excellent run teams. I thought we did a nice job, especially in the average per carry.”
This year also saw the emergence of DE
The Rams’ seven-win season came despite playing much of the season without QB
Highlighting the Rams’ season was a 5-3 record at home, the team’s first home winning record since 2010. Of their seven wins, the Rams collected three against teams with 10 or more victories this year (Arizona, New Orleans, Indianapolis).
“When (QB) Sam (Bradford) went down, we said that the quote, ‘Let’s give them hell with Kell,’ and we did,” Fisher said. “We beat some good teams and we played hard right to the end, so now we’ve got a lot to look forward to.”