Jeff Fisher on fake punt: I liked the look

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The Rams faced a couple of fourth down decisions on offense late in their game against the Bills on Sunday and coach Jeff Fisher faced questions about both of them after the 30-19 loss.

The first decision came on fourth-and-goal from the four-yard-line with just under six minutes to play in the game. The Rams trailed 23-16 at the end of a drive spanning more than eight minutes and Fisher opted to kick a field goal rather than try for a touchdown. A failure to score a touchdown would have left the Rams in need of driving for a touchdown to have a chance to tie the game while kicking the field goal meant having to score a touchdown to win it.

“The reason for [taking] the points is I was playing to win,” Fisher said in his postgame press conference. 

Decision No. 2 came a couple of minutes later when the Rams faced a fourth-and-five from their own 23-yard-line. Fisher sent out the punt team, but called a fake that had the ball snapped to wide receiver Bradley Marquez. Marquez was swarmed by Bills and a touchdown a few plays later put the game out of reach for Los Angeles. Fisher said he “liked the look” they got from Buffalo, but a good look wasn’t enough.

“I wouldn’t have called it if I didn’t think it would work,” Fisher said. “That’s how those things are. We practiced it all week, we had the look and it didn’t work. I’ll take that. They executed it in practice, they didn’t execute it there. If that thing works, it’s good stuff. It’s really good stuff. It didn’t and they don’t always work. That type of approach in special teams has taken us a long way.”

There’s no doubt that catching the Bills sleeping in that situation could turn into a huge gain, but it’s not a great look when you prefer a fake punt to your regular offense when you absolutely have to get a first down. That offense will need to build more confidence to build on a 3-2 start to the season and upping their touchdown rate — six in five games — would be a good place to start.

18 responses to “Jeff Fisher on fake punt: I liked the look

  1. Once Jared Goff gets going and the Rams start winning, we’ll be calling Fisher a genius for running plays like this. That’s just the nature of the game. The coaches with the best QBs always end up looking smart, and the ones with the worst QBs always look stupid.

  2. Starting to look like that “always 8-8” remark from Arians was a compliment and not an insult.

  3. tonebones says:
    Oct 9, 2016 9:54 PM
    Once Jared Goff gets going and the Rams start winning, we’ll be calling Fisher a genius for running plays like this. That’s just the nature of the game. The coaches with the best QBs always end up looking smart, and the ones with the worst QBs always look stupid.

    I’m waiting for the part where the Rams have one of the best QBs?

  4. I wonder if anyone is going to notice that Keenum is a back up riding the shoulders of the talent we do have….

    Put Goff in and see what a Good Quarterback can do….

    Instead of settling for what ever we have now…

    And get the Kid a TRUE #1 WR AND OFFENSIVE CORDINATOR….Maybe a coach too if Fisher doesn’t wake up soon…

  5. “And get the Kid a TRUE #1 WR AND OFFENSIVE CORDINATOR….Maybe a coach too if Fisher doesn’t wake up soon…”

    Rams fans have been saying that since at least when they drafted Bradford…

  6. I have no problem with either decision….a TD on the first drive only ties the game, you still need another score so you’ve got to get points there, plus, they had all 3 timeouts plus the 2 minute warning….as far as the fake goes, the Rams run those so often that it rarely catches teams napping, and I’d rather see Johnny Hekker throw it to someone.
    I had more of a problem with missing 3 starters from the DL and Shady running rampant and having the O give up a pick six…when you have an offense this challenged to score points you simply can’t give any away.
    Oh well, Rams still have some of the best Special Teams in the league….on to Detroit.

  7. Yeah Yeah…Same old story….

    When is Fisher going to realize that a BACKUP like Keenum can move the ball a little down field…BUT A GOOD QB LIKE GOFF AND PUT IT IN THE END ZONE….If we get some decent play and coaching…

  8. Coaching/Management like this is why the Rams are still looking for a replacement for Kurt Warner. Two misfires on 1st round overall QB picks will set them back another decade or two. Oh well maybe they’ll win another Superbowl when they move back to St. Louis in 2030?

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