Jeff Fisher and Greg Schiano both took over young teams this year knowing they had big rebuilding jobs ahead of them. From the looks of things, Fisher’s rebuilding effort in St. Louis has gone more smoothly than Schiano’s in Tampa.
Although Schiano’s Bucs showed signs of life at times this season, Tampa Bay has struggled down the stretch this season, while Fisher’s Rams are still playing good football. That was certainly the case on Sunday, as the Rams jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 28-13 win.
Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins gave St. Louis its first lead with a pick-six of Josh Freeman, and the Rams added to their lead with a Steven Jackson five-yard run, an 80-yard touchdown from Sam Bradford to Lance Kendricks, and then a five-yard touchdown pass from Bradford to Austin Pettis to put the game out of reach.
The Bucs got good games from receivers Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson, but Freeman threw four interceptions, and he simply has to get better if he’s going to lead the Bucs to the playoffs some time in the future. Neither of these teams are heading for the playoffs this year, but the Rams look like they’re closer to getting there next year.