Fisher: Sunday’s Win A Complete Performance In All Phases

Posted Dec 16, 2013

After his team’s third win of the season against a division-leading team, Head Coach Jeff Fisher credited a complete performance in the Rams’ 27-16 win over New Orleans during his Monday news conference.

The Rams were led offensively by rookie RB Zac Stacy, who eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the third time this season. His 133 yards on the ground were the second-most of his career, and his 106 in the first half established a Rams rookie record.

“We ran the ball, ran it for over 100 yards, and that’s a winning formula,” Fisher said. “So it was good to get back to that. Defensively, really challenged by their passing game, their run game early. I thought we made some good adjustments. Our rush affected their approach and that gave us a chance.”

Did it ever. The Rams harassed Saints QB Drew Brees throughout the afternoon, including a pair of pressures that resulted in first-quarter interceptions. Defensive end and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Robert Quinn continued his assault on the Rams’ record book. His two sacks gave him 15 for the season, just two behind Kevin Carter’s official team record of 17, established in 1999. He forced a pair of fumbles, giving him eight on the season, which is the most by a Rams player since Leonard Little forced nine in 2002.

Fisher gave special mention to Quinn’s second sack, which he made while sprawled on his hands and knees to force a fumble that he would recover himself.

“His caused fumble is probably one of the better defensive plays I’ve seen in my career – just very, very impressive,” Fisher said. “To get nudged by the tight end between the tackle and the guard inside, go down – the guard pushed him to the ground – crawl back up and knock the ball out was indicative of the type of athlete that he is. It was very impressive.”

Sunday’s game also included a stout contribution from QB Kellen Clemens, who recorded his third victory as a starter. Clemens completed 14 of 20 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, for a passer rating of 126.7, his second-highest rating of the season. His completion rate of 70 percent was also a season-best.

‘Kell’ played good, played well, got us in and out of the run game,” Fisher said. “It’s a sophisticated defense, see a lot of things that you don’t ordinarily see. Scheme-wise, we’ve moved some people around to try to dictate and try to make it a little more predictable. They became a little more predictable and we were able to take advantage of it. ‘Kell’ did a good job with that.”

The win, which was the sixth of the year and the fourth at home for the Rams, was perhaps a telling display of the in-season progress and resilience the team has possessed under the direction of Fisher.

“We’re playing with effort,” Fisher said. “The team plays with great effort and enthusiasm and emotion and plays hard in all three phases. It’s just we fell into something good yesterday.”