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Jeff Fisher: Rams believe they can play with anybody

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Sunday’s game between the Rams and 49ers looked like an attempt the recreate their tie from earlier in the season, right up until the point the Rams won it in overtime.

The 16-13 victory leaves the Rams with a 5-6-1 record and a lot of confidence as they make their way into the final four weeks of the season. Coach Jeff Fisher thinks that Sunday’s win was an extension of that earlier tie and a sign that a young team is starting to have faith in itself.

“This is a carryover from three weeks ago,” Fisher said, via Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports. “We joked about taking three weeks off and getting right back after the 49ers — we didn’t know it would take another five quarters. This young team believes we can go in and play with anybody.”

Belief hasn’t always carried over to the field, something best illustrated by the lopsided home loss to the Jets that’s sandwiched in an otherwise strong run of play since the bye in Week Nine. Young teams have losses like that and the Rams can only hope that following it up with two straight wins is a sign that the loss served as a learning experience.

There’s still a lot to do in St. Louis to make the team a consistent winner, but they’ve made big strides in Fisher’s first 12 weeks on the job. More of them in the final four weeks could conceivably push the Rams into the playoff picture and would at least leave the Rams as a trendy choice to do well heading into 2013.

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30 Responses to “Jeff Fisher: Rams believe they can play with anybody”
  1. schmitty2 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:19 PM

    Fisher has done a lot of amazing things this year and Rams fans have to be satisfied. With that being said the Packer and Patriot games stand out as a prime example of how much work they need to do against teams with elite qb’s. The Rams will be a playoff team in the next 1-2 years

  2. ctiggs says: Dec 3, 2012 12:20 PM

    Albiet my Niners lost this game, lets face it, that game was the Lambs superbowl. They only get up for this game and probably will lose by 20 next weekend.

  3. garyreazons55 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:23 PM

    Anybody named San Francisco.

  4. renofnriggs says: Dec 3, 2012 12:25 PM

    2 points on an iffy intentional grounding plus a miss from you know who. Rams really.

  5. gdive says: Dec 3, 2012 12:25 PM

    I’m a long time Ram fan and love what Fisher is doing with this team. They still have some holes to fill on the roster especially at OL and Safety but this team plays with more grit and determination than any since 99′. Rams Defense is already showing signs of becoming formidable and with the high picks coming in 2013 and 2014 this team should be in playoff contention soon.

  6. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Dec 3, 2012 12:28 PM

    If memory serves, the Rams were trounced by the Patriots in Week 8 by a score of 45-7. I don’t doubt that prior to that game the Rams thought they could “play with” the Patriots.

  7. iced107 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:33 PM

    ctiggs says:
    Dec 3, 2012 12:20 PM
    Albiet my Niners lost this game, lets face it, that game was the Lambs superbowl. They only get up for this game and probably will lose by 20 next weekend

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    Lol you Niner fans are a fickle bunch…first, the niners are gonna blow us out (love how you guys come to this conclusion after we tied in YOUR house)…now it’s the old sad and droopy “well my guys might have lost but that other team still sucks.” Suck it up, admit you guys weren’t the better team, and move on.

    Best part of this game was watching all the Niner fans who praised Kaepernick as the 2nd coming quickly change their praising to bashing half way through the game.

  8. tennesseeoilers says: Dec 3, 2012 12:50 PM

    Letting Jeff Fisher walk away was by far the worst decision owner Bud Adams has made in the 15 years I’ve been a Tennessee Oilers/Titans fan. (Forcing his GM to draft Vince Young and then forcing Fisher to start him were the #2 and #3 worst.)

  9. mrcogburn says: Dec 3, 2012 12:52 PM

    What was he supposed to say? “My team is led by a streaky QB and I overestimated my ability to coach in the NFL again?”

    They stumbled into a lucky win because of the foolish decision of Harbaugh to play a careless rookie over a proven (if unexciting) veteran QB.

  10. starchybunker says: Dec 3, 2012 12:56 PM

    Fish will soon have the Rams hanging in there at .500 every single year, off-setting the occasional losing year with the occasional one-and-done in the playoffs…

  11. kenstabler says: Dec 3, 2012 12:56 PM

    I think the Titans are really missing Jeff Fisher. I wish the Raiders had him, he is a special coach. The Lambs will be turned around next year because of his coaching. They will become Rams, once again.

  12. themackstrong says: Dec 3, 2012 1:01 PM

    The Rams D is no joke. I watch them play a few times per year and they are aggressive in blitzes and look to have a steal in that rookie CB, paired with Finnegan its impressive. They still need major o-line help and weapons out wide but things turned around and how many top draft picks do they have the next couple of years?? NFC West probably has 4 of top 10 defenses in the league.

  13. lambeaufieldwest says: Dec 3, 2012 1:28 PM

    That’s cute, Coach Fisher. I’m guessing thats why you’ll be sitting at home for the playoffs?

  14. bearssuck says: Dec 3, 2012 1:33 PM

    Confidence says a lot. Good for them.

  15. kicksave1980 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:40 PM

    As crazy as it sounds sitting at 5-6-1, I couldn’t be happier with this team. After the last decade, seeing guys like Scott Linehan and Steve Spagnuolo set this team back years of development, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. A losing record is a losing record, but if you would have told me a year ago that the 2012 Rams would have a 5-6-1 record after 13 weeks, I would have bought you a beer and told you that you were crazy.

    Looking back at the last 10 years, this is the first time we’ve had hope as Rams fans. It takes more than a year to turn this train around, but it’s looking very promising. Won’t be this year, might not be next year, but it’s definitely coming.

  16. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Dec 3, 2012 1:42 PM

    All these posters dissin’ the Rams, you think you hated The Greatest Show On Turf? You are going to despise the team that Fisher is building. Can’t wait!

  17. kisstherings says: Dec 3, 2012 1:52 PM

    Did they forget the Pats game in London?

  18. gdive says: Dec 3, 2012 1:55 PM

    kisstherings says:
    Dec 3, 2012 1:52 PM
    Did they forget the Pats game in London?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    No. But did the Pats forget losing to the Cards in Sept?

  19. eastcoastniner says: Dec 3, 2012 2:04 PM

    The Rams ARE set up for the future with Skins’ draft picks which I am not happy about (Go Skins!!). But be realistic, if it wasn’t for our stupid kicker, Rams would be singing a different tune. 9ers need to do something about that ASAP.

  20. waxthat says: Dec 3, 2012 2:10 PM

    Catch the ball, DELANIE!!

  21. richwizl says: Dec 3, 2012 2:19 PM

    You gotta start somewhere and convincing your players to believe in themselves is as good a place as any. The 49ers are good and the Rams have beaten and tied them, so they have it in them to be good. Being consistently good is what it takes to be on top, though.

  22. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 3, 2012 2:54 PM

    That’s how my Raiders used to be several years ago. We could play with Shanahan’s high rolling Broncos, but get smashed by everybody else.

    Rams are perennial losers. I doubt anything will change that.

  23. mellard1121 says: Dec 3, 2012 3:00 PM

    Pats lost by 1 to arizona not by 38 like the rams… that being said I feel thw rams are a better team than they showed that day and with another solid draft will be a good team for years to come

  24. majoredinsports says: Dec 3, 2012 3:10 PM

    9ers Fans:

    Stop complaining about not getting calls your way! Absolute worst excuse in all of sports. If you really want to complain how about the fantom roughing the passer call that kept the drive going late in the 4th… you always forget about the calls that went your way. (not pointing to 9er fans only, any fan base does the same thing).

    Blame it on your kicker.. he shouldve made the kick to win it in overtime. Again, you dont remember GZ missing a FG in the 2nd quarter. He makes that and the Rams win in regular time.

    They got outplayed on sunday, deal with it. Stop making excuses. The Rams get up for teams like the 9ers, thats how division games are. The 9ers are still a better team week in and week out, they just werent on Sunday.

    If you want to complain about something you might want to look no further than the sidelines… 9ers went conservative as can be in the second half, they turned Kaep into Smith by having him manage the game. And then they think an option to Kaeps left is a smart play on the goal line. These were the mistakes you should complain about not the Rams got lucky, the refs blew it, or your kicker sucks (which he doesnt, hes one of the best in the league).

  25. sooner712 says: Dec 3, 2012 3:37 PM

    tennesseeoilers says: Dec 3, 2012 12:50 PM

    Letting Jeff Fisher walk away was by far the worst decision owner Bud Adams has made in the 15 years I’ve been a Tennessee Oilers/Titans fan. (Forcing his GM to draft Vince Young and then forcing Fisher to start him were the #2 and #3 worst.)
    ___________________

    Please tell me which season with Vince Young (started) was Jeff Fisher 5-6-1. That would be none. Even with the 0-6 start they ended with 8-8 with Vince Young. The GM wanted Vince only Fisher didn’t per Norm Chow. Jeff Fisher, like Andy Ried had gotten stale in TN. Needed fresh start. I hope he don’t mess over my Sooner like he did VY.

  26. eastcoastniner says: Dec 3, 2012 4:35 PM

    majoredinsports,

    Our kicker was the best in the league LAST year. This year he is 15 of last 24 and missed the chip shot in the last tie game with the Rams. So yes, we can blame it on the kicker…kickers put points on the board too…just like other players.

  27. 5060hesperia says: Dec 3, 2012 10:55 PM

    The Rams are a young team and their defense is getting stronger all the time , granted mistakes are being made on offense & defense but I see a whole new spectrum coming and Bradford is feeling his way to see what works and what doesn’t and he will develop his own style quite efficiently. They will be an explosive team in the next two to three years under Fish.
    The Patriots won big aagainst the Rams but lost to the Cardinals whom the Rams beat
    which only goes to show any team is capable of beating any other team on a good day.
    The Rams need consistency and again that will come with time.
    Go Rams

  28. dvchester says: Dec 3, 2012 11:05 PM

    Rams have done in the last 12 years what the Niners only wish they had in 18. That’s win it all. Keep clinging onto your little “dynasty” when Montana was there. Admit the Rams punched you square in your suck hole and enjoy the playoffs.

  29. 5060hesperia says: Dec 4, 2012 8:09 AM

    Boy that is well said. Couldn’t agree more.

  30. 5060hesperia says: Dec 6, 2012 3:11 AM

    I don’t care what anybody thinks of Bradfords style.
    He is playing with finese and has done an exceptional job of managing Sunday’s game.
    The Rams dropped passes from him so his stats would have been even better.
    The Rams overall need to expect the unexpected and watch the onslought of intesity of the opponent at the begining and towards the fourth quarter.
    This will be a winning team very soon.
    Go Rams

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