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    Jeff Fisher’s Approach A Breath Of Fresh Air In St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (Shane Gray, MSM Sports Media) - The St. Louis Rams nearly pulled off the upset in their season opener at Detroit after entering the game as a heavy underdog. Under the most recent former regimes at Rams Park, a close loss under similar conditions often led to statements by the head coach that made many fans feel as if the Gateway City was expected to throw the team a parade upon its’ return to town. However, with Jeff Fisher, close losses won’t be counted as victories. They will be counted for what they are: defeats.

    At the Continuity X Training Center Monday, Fisher was asked if there was a positive vibe around the team despite the loss to the Lions.

    “We lost the ball game,” Fisher emphasized. “As we told the team, I’m getting text and emails from everybody across the country saying great job. Well, what do you mean great job? We lost by four points.”

    Fisher, contrary to some other Rams coaches of late, does not seem satisfied with superficial moral victories, close losses and supposed progress week after week following season after season of loss after loss. Fisher does not have the mindset to celebrate defeats, regardless of how tough the game might have been or how big of an underdog his team truly was. No, Fisher is here for one reason: to win.

    In Fisher’s mind, the Rams enter every game with the expectation of winning, not merely competing, as he said during the offseason.

    “There’s no reason why we can’t have the same expectations that everyone else has,” Fisher said. “If I were to say we’ll go 10-6, what do I tell the players about the six games we’re going to lose? That’s not fair to them. I’m coming out and saying it’s okay to lose six games? No, I’m not going to say that.”

    Fisher is not going to express contentment or satisfaction over a close loss. Thus, his players will not either. Fisher knows the team will take on his attitude, and Fisher expects the Rams to not only want to win, but to expect to win. There is, after all, a big difference in the two mentalities.

    “No, not hungry to win, they expect to win,” Fisher said this summer. “Everybody does. The past is the past but we are looking forward with that expectation to win football games.”

    If any player has the Fisher mindset established into his own thinking, it would be free agent addition Cortland Finnegan, who played for Fisher in Tennessee for five seasons. It is not surprising, then, to hear Finnegan sound like an echo of his long-time head coach.

    “We’re not rebuilding by any stretch,” Finnegan said in the offseason. “We’re going to start to put it together, push each other and win football games.”

    As one can quickly perceive, Fisher nor his players are willing to concede anything. Even though the Rams are coming off the worst five year stretch in NFL history and a 2-14 season, the Rams have the mentality that they can and should win.

    With all that said, the Rams and Fisher did end up with the defeat on Sunday. They now must forget the aforementioned loss and begin preparing for Sunday’s home opener.

    “We put that behind us and we move on,” Fisher explained Monday. “The key is improving. As we went through the offseason and went through training camp we said, we’re going to do everything we possibly can do to get ready for the start of the regular season. We didn’t put all our eggs in the opener basket because one of two things happen in the opener. So you just have to continue to get better and I think we showed some improvement. I think there were a lot of people, no one in this room as far as players and coaches, that didn’t know how this team was going to respond. I think this team put forth a worthy effort, but still we lost.”

    Yes, even when acknowledging his team’s strong effort, Fisher did not even finish the sentence before pointing out the bottom line and bigger point: “but still we lost.”

    Under Fisher, this team will have one overriding focus, trumping the worthy goals of improving individually, growing as a team, producing an elite defense and any other sound objective one could list. Above all, they will remain laser-focused on one thing: winning.

    After too many years where close victories almost felt acceptable to former coaches, that is exactly what the Rams and Rams Nation needed to hear.


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    Re: Jeff Fisher’s Approach A Breath Of Fresh Air In St. Louis

    Straight from Jeff Fisher himself, ladies and gentlemen. While we can take some satisfaction in several areas of positive play, a loss is a loss.

    Mandatory reading for anyone who thinks being critical of the Rams is somehow sacreligious.
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    Re: Jeff Fisher’s Approach A Breath Of Fresh Air In St. Louis

    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
    Straight from Jeff Fisher himself, ladies and gentlemen. While we can take some satisfaction in several areas of positive play, a loss is a loss.

    Guaranteed reading for anyone who thinks being critical of the Rams is somehow sacreligious.
    Amen to that!

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    Re: Jeff Fisher’s Approach A Breath Of Fresh Air In St. Louis

    I saw nothing on this board after the game this past weekend to slam any other clammer nor have a hissy fit abouth others' opinions. Our own coach recognizes the improvements BUT a loss is a frickin loss with more areas to improve upon. We are already better then we have been in the past 5 years. Perfect

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    Re: Jeff Fisher’s Approach A Breath Of Fresh Air In St. Louis

    It's sad really. Since 2007, Rams fans have accepted anything within 8 whether win or loss (mostly losses) as a "moral" victory. We have celebrated going toe to toe with teams and losing for far too long. Most of us can't remember what a winning season feels like. It's nice to have a coach that is not accepting "moral"victories. The only victory Fisher is accepting is the one that matters....

    Time to change how we think and win some game....ON PAPER.

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    Re: Jeff Fisher’s Approach A Breath Of Fresh Air In St. Louis

    I don't think anyone was saying this game wasn't anything other than a loss

    At the same time, the Rams put on a good enough showing to show promise, and have showed a lot of progress from last year.
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    Re: Jeff Fisher’s Approach A Breath Of Fresh Air In St. Louis

    Quote Originally Posted by tomahawk247 View Post
    I don't think anyone was saying this game wasn't anything other than a loss

    At the same time, the Rams put on a good enough showing to show promise, and have showed a lot of progress from last year.
    Agreed.

    I love Fisher's attitude, and the fact that it's resonating with the team. I saw a completely different posture in the players against Detroit, a posture of purpose, something we have not seen for a while.

    Bottom line, the game was a painful loss, but that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty to feel good about going forward. I bet Fisher sees things the same way.
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    Re: Jeff Fisher’s Approach A Breath Of Fresh Air In St. Louis

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    Agreed.

    I love Fisher's attitude, and the fact that it's resonating with the team. I saw a completely different posture in the players against Detroit, a posture of purpose, something we have not seen for a while.

    Bottom line, the game was a painful loss, but that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty to feel good about going forward. I bet Fisher sees things the same way.
    Excellent take, Mike. I have tremendous faith in Fisher. He's been a player and a successful coach in this league and knows what buttons to push and how to motivate. I think privately he's giving the players their due while publicly letting us Rams fans know that we won't be settling for 2nd place on Sundays. There are no medals for trying!
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    Re: Jeff Fisher’s Approach A Breath Of Fresh Air In St. Louis

    Your mad that we lost? Sorry, but your an idiot. Why on earth would you feel that way? We actually played all 60 minutes of the game!

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