Notebook 11/19: Rams Rejuvenated Following the Bye Week

Posted Nov 19, 2013

After receiving four consecutive days off following a 38-8 win over Indianapolis, Rams players returned to practice Tuesday. The bye week can often serve as something of a fresh start for those needing a re-charge for the second half of the season, even those in the midst of career years.

DE Robert Quinn entered the bye as the NFC’s premier pass-rusher, and hardly appeared to be in need of a break, registering a pair of sacks against Indianapolis to push his season total to 12.

“Getting back in football mode, it’s good to let your body recover on a bye week, but it’s good to get back into a football mindset and get your legs under you,” DE Robert Quinn said.

The bye perhaps served most beneficial to the team’s litany of rookies, who, after being accustomed to a 12 to 13-game schedule, have already exceeded that in their first NFL season.

“We’ve played what, 14 games, including preseason?” RB Zac Stacy said. “Anytime we get a bye, it’s good for your body and good to recover. It definitely helped a lot of guys as far as being banged up a bit. It was good to get back out and fly around a bit…The main thing I’ve been doing is trying to develop a routine week-in and week-out. I try not to think about the ‘rookie’ wall or anything like that. I just try to have tunnel vision and just try to grind it out and keep focused at the task at hand.  It’s all about the routine in terms of what you do to keep your body right, taking care of your body, doing all the extra things.”

While players may have enjoyed the time away, Head Coach Jeff Fisher was quick to remind his team that while the idea of a weekend off the field may appear enviable, there are many others who would gladly do without one.

“I just kind of reminded them this morning that I’m sure everybody had a good time, but those that are out of the NFL, that’s what they do every weekend,” Fisher said. “So, it’s good just to have one weekend off during the season.”

Fisher and the rest of his staff did a bit of reflecting themselves during the time off, which provided them with an opportunity to self-scout a bit entering the final six games of the season, as well as turn their attention to the Chicago Bears this week.

“It’s a combination,” Fisher said. “The first part of last week was the self-scout aspects of all three phases. Then the second part, was we started the initial stages of Bear preparation. You get the advantage of not having to stay real late over the next couple days as we game-plan.”