Results 1 to 4 of 4
Like Tree2Likes
  • 2 Post By NJ Ramsfan1

Thread: Fisher has Rams thinking positive

  1. #1
    MauiRam's Avatar
    MauiRam is offline Pro Bowl Ram
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Maui, Hi.
    Age
    70
    Posts
    4,864
    Rep Power
    79

    Fisher has Rams thinking positive

    Monday July 23, 2012, 5:51 PM
    R.B. FALLSTROM AP SPORTS WRITER



    ST. LOUIS (AP) Forget about it is the operative phrase for the St. Louis Rams heading into training camp.

    Besides building a stronger roster after a year away from the NFL, new coach Jeff Fisher has been working on instilling a positive attitude and brushing aside the bad old days.

    And why not? The Rams tied for the NFL's worst record last year at 2-14, and have won a total of 15 games over the past five seasons.

    Fisher spends no time talking about failure. He wants his players to believe they can turn it around fast. As in this year.

    "They're not hungry to win," Fisher said. "They expect to win. Everybody does. The past is the past, we're looking forward with the expectation of winning games."

    Fisher gets the chance to rebuild the Rams after the coach he replaced, Steve Spagnuolo, compiled a 10-38 record in three seasons. A new general manager is aboard, too, with Les Snead replacing Billy Devaney, who lasted four mostly futile years.

    There was a glimmer of hope in 2010, when the Rams went 7-9 a six-win improvement that left them one win shy of the playoffs. Last year, though, St. Louis started 0-6 against a tough schedule, then injuries to quarterback Sam Bradford, key offensive linemen and pass defenders ended any chance of recovering.

    Fisher, though, has some of last year's better players back and will try to surround them with a better supporting cast when training camp opens July 28. The first preseason game is Aug. 12 against the Indianapolis Colts.

    Last season, the offense revolved around two-time Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson, the senior Ram drafted in the first round in 2004. He'll try to put up his eighth straight 1,000-yard season, and get more rest, too, after the Rams drafted running back Isaiah Pead in the second round.

    Bradford was the No. 1 overall pick in 2010 and the NFL offensive rookie of the year. Last year he was dogged by a high ankle sprain, and with better protection could blossom. Center Scott Wells was among the free-agent pickups. Tackle Jason Smith was the second overall pick in 2009 and retains considerable potential if he can shake off the concussion-related problems that have dogged him.

    Bradford has been throwing three times a week since minicamp ended in mid-June. He said he's comfortable with the offense of new coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, and unlike last year when his partnership with Josh McDaniels never got off the ground, this time he really means it.

    "I think last year I probably rushed to judgment and jumped to some conclusions with my comfort with the offense and everyone else's general comfort with the offense," Bradford said. "This year I want to see it against a live defense before I really go out and make that statement.

    "But for what we've done, I feel very comfortable."

    Danny Amendola, who caught 85 passes in 2010, is back after missing virtually all of last season with an elbow injury. Other potential targets are draft picks Brian Quick and Chris Givens.

    More scoring would take the heat off a defense that too often was drilled by the big play and barely avoided setting a franchise record for yards allowed. There are three quality pieces to build around.

    Cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who played for Fisher in Tennessee, was the top free-agent pickup. He is being counted on as the shutdown guy in the secondary. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins, as second-round pick, could be an immediate contributor.

    End Chris Long is coming off his best year and was among the sacks leaders with 13, and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis has been a model big-play defender, leading the team in tackles in all three of his seasons.

    "We could not have asked for a more perfect middle linebacker," assistant head coach Dave McGinnis said. "He's exactly what you need."

    First-round pick Michael Brockers, a tackle, bolsters a line that has three first-rounders including end Robert Quinn, who had five sacks as a rookie.

    McGinnis is one of three former defensive coordinators on the staff filling the duties of Gregg Williams, suspended indefinitely for his role in the Saints bounty scandal. McGinnis is the most likely to have a hands-on role on game day.

    "Believe me, we will get it handled," McGinnis said. "Everybody is in tune. We're going to call a defense and make them punt on your mark, get set, go."


  2. #2
    RealRam's Avatar
    RealRam is online now Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Mexico
    Posts
    8,315
    Rep Power
    68

    Re: Fisher has Rams thinking positive

    Good read. Let's DO THIS!!!

    LET'S WIN!


    Win, Rams, winnnnn.

    Last edited by RealRam; -07-25-2012 at 12:39 AM. Reason: Win

  3. #3
    NJ Ramsfan1 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    new jersey
    Posts
    2,209
    Rep Power
    70

    Re: Fisher has Rams thinking positive

    Wouldn't have it any other way. It starts with a belief within yourself that you can win. One of the greatest joys in life is doing something others say cannot be done. Hopefully, this belief will lead to success this season and beyond.
    RealRam and MauiRam like this.

  4. #4
    rNemesis's Avatar
    rNemesis is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Nassau
    Age
    29
    Posts
    751
    Rep Power
    9

    Re: Fisher has Rams thinking positive

    I agree wholeheartedly. It all starts with the will, determination, and belief that you can win that comes from the head coach. Leadership is why Fisher's teams have been so successful, albeit not winning a superbowl.However, lack of leadership, and also experience, is what dogged Spags and Linehan, and therefore this whole franchise. If you dont force the players into believing they can win despite their current situation, then you are usually bound for failure.

Similar Threads

  1. FWIW: Inside Info on Rams thinking
    By THOLTFAN81 in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: -10-17-2011, 02:54 PM
  2. Replies: 5
    Last Post: -06-01-2009, 02:51 PM
  3. What were the RAMS thinking?
    By laram0 in forum Articles by laram0
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: -09-27-2007, 12:31 AM
  4. It's thinking-cap time for Rams
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: -03-09-2006, 07:08 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •