Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Coaching Staff is in Place

With the hiring of Jeff Fisher, the St. Louis Rams picked a seasoned head coach with tons of NFL experience. On a personal note, it was sad to see Nolan Cromwell leave to go coach at Cleveland. But with that being said, the next step was to see what type of coaching staff Fisher would build around him. 

He hired a long time friend in Greg Williams as his defensive coordinator. Williams has been coaching in the NFL for 23 years. He has been a defensive coordinator for 13 of those years and for the last three years, he has been the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator. He also has hired Brian Shottenheimer as his offensive coordinator. Shottenheimer has been the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets for the last 6 years. In his time span there, the Jets made it to the AFC championship two times. If he can do that with Mark Sanchez as his quarterback, imagine what he can do with Sam Bradford. Bradford is so much better than Sanchez can ever imagine to be. 

Fisher also made an interesting change in his staff. He hired Dave McGinnis as his assistant head coach. McGinnis has been coaching in the league for 39 years. His function will be to help Fisher in the day to day operations and will help take some of pressure away from the head coaches job. It’s an intriguing position to say the least and I am curious to see how it works out.

 I am pleased with the changes that have been made, the coaching staff is in place.   


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jeff Fisher is the Man

After a pitiful football season where Rams fans saw their beloved team finish at 2-14, Rams fans can see a silver lining. The Rams will officially introduce Jeff Fisher at 2:00 EST on Tuesday 1-17-12. I am very glad to see this move.

Nothing against Spags this year, he was hamstrung. The Rams were devastated by injuries all year, a head coach can’t control that. I felt a little sorry for Spags. The Rams organization had to make a change and they were quick to do it. 

Fisher brings a ton of experience to the Rams organization. He has been an assistant coach under Buddy Ryan, Bill Walsh and of course the Los Angeles Rams own John Robinson. Fisher was the Rams defensive coordinator in 1991. He spent 16 years as head coach of the Tennessee Titans. 16 years as a head coach of any team in the NFL is remarkable. 

He probably (like I do) still has some blue and gold (and in my case blue and white) L.A. gear in his closet. 

I think this is a great move for the Rams. He is a defensive minded coach, but he has a knack for the offensive side of the ball too. Remember, the Rams played the Titans in their only Super Bowl win. One of the best Super Bowls ever. 

As part of his hiring, Fisher is rumored to have full control of players and personnel moves. I say let him have it. We’ll find out more Tuesday afternoon, because at 2:00 pm, Rams fans will find out that Jeff Fisher is the man.  


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Almost a Win

The St. Louis Rams almost pulled one out on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Rams ended up losing again 20-13. The Rams defense has been suspect all year long, especially against the run. 

With playoff aspirations, the Bengals came to St. Louis hoping the Rams would roll over. The Rams defense had a good game. They held the Bengals to just three points in the first half and actually lead at halftime 6-3. They let the Bengals get the best of them in the second half. The Rams did hold the Bengals to 283 total yards. The Bengals rookie sensation QB Andy Dalton to 15 of 26 for 179 yards,  an interception and no TD’s. 

The Rams also held the Bengals to only 110 yards on the ground. The Rams defense did their job, again they did it with smoke and mirrors.

Injuries have been a nightmare for this team. With the season winding down it will be an interesting off season for the Rams. 

The Rams have Pittsburgh this week. Pittsburgh got beat up by the 49er’s on Monday and they will be mad. They need to win for a better position in the playoffs. An almost win for the Rams does not look promising.

“See You On The Hit Side” #21