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Bills were ready for Rams’ fake punt

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills waves to the crowd after his team defeated the Los Angeles Rams 30-19 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Getty Images

A pair of curious coaching calls in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Bills-Rams game was capped by an L.A. decision to fake a punt deep in their own end. It didn’t work.

Possibly because the Bills were waiting for it.

“It was amazing,” Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Monday. “Like I said, [special-teams coordinator Danny] Crossman had us all ready, man. There was no question about it. We were actually wanting them to fake the whole day because we thought we were prepared for it. . . .

“It was a tremendous job of coaching, I think. First off by Crossman. It was funny because our guys on the sideline were yelling, ‘Hey play the fake.’ And they are putting a different adjective in there as well, I think. But it was like no way were we giving it up then, but we were prepared all week. Again I always talk about it, you guys are tired of me telling you about preparation and dedication and work and film study and all that stuff but it paid off.”

The Rams thought they were prepared to convert the fake, and coach Jeff Fisher doubled down on the decision during his day-after press conference, without being asked a question about it.

“I know you guys are curious about the punt,” Fisher told reporters. “I’d do it all over again if I had the opportunity. They made the play, we didn’t. But that’s the way we are wired, that’s our fabric and that’s taken us a long way.”

Rarely if ever do NFL coaches admit to making a mistake, but that’s not the most glaring aspect of what Fisher said. Since he opened the door by suggesting that this specific type of fabric has “taken us a long way,” it’s fair to ask just how far it has taken them?

The Rams haven’t been to the postseason since 2004, and Fisher last got there in 2008. If that’s the wiring and fabric to which Fisher is referring then, yes, this is precisely the kind of decision that will keep the team and its coach from getting to the playoffs, again.

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19 Responses to “Bills were ready for Rams’ fake punt”
  1. kurdishpats1 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:10 PM

    Does this guy ever shut up? Why is it that no other coach in the league is as quote-able as he is? When they all get asked similar questions?

  2. jjb0811 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:17 PM

    And yet Fisher gets an extension.

  3. pfatalbert says: Oct 10, 2016 9:28 PM

    Unfireable Fisher

  4. tylawspick6 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:29 PM

    rex loves him some rex

    he is not used to being over .500

    comical to watch

  5. eagler927 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:30 PM

    Best of luck Rams fans. Your coach is a moron. You can’t run a fake at your own 23 in the NFL. The risk isn’t worth it. The fact Fisher said he would do it again shows he is incapable of learning from his mistakes.

    As for his statement, if going far is not having a winning season in a decade as a coach….he’s Vince
    Freaking Lombardi. One of the dumbest things I’ve heard a coach say. And that’s considering he was coaching against Rex

  6. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Oct 10, 2016 9:31 PM

    It would be easier to count the people who DIDN’T know there would be a fake. Fisher being Fisher.

  7. peytonmanningsforehead says: Oct 10, 2016 9:43 PM

    The jills are a fake franchise so of course they recognize another fake when they see it.

  8. carloswlassiter says: Oct 10, 2016 9:57 PM

    I was going to suggest maybe they should put in their #1 pick QB, but Case Keenum has “taken them a long way”.

  9. motleytrap says: Oct 10, 2016 10:01 PM

    Yes, the Rams have converted fake punts before. By putting the ball in Hekker’s hands and letting him throw it.

    Of course every team in the league noticed when the Rams caught the Niners and Seahawks with their pants down. They’re on to you, Fishhead.

    Extreme annoyance as a Ram fan that Fisher’s offenses are such garbage that he has to resort to gimmicks in the first place.

  10. idiot411 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:09 PM

    This team talks more crap because of their coach and in the end, they will be crying when they don’t make the playoffs

  11. psljax says: Oct 10, 2016 10:24 PM


  12. daringhart13 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:46 PM

    LOL!!!!! Ohhhhh Jeff….. what constitutes “a long way?”

    He is an embarrassment

  13. skoobyfl says: Oct 10, 2016 11:54 PM

    It’s a long way from a win when you lose by 11.

  14. daaabears says: Oct 11, 2016 3:04 AM

    You should always be ready for a fake anything on special teams.

  15. dirtdawg54 says: Oct 11, 2016 3:36 AM

    By “taken us a long way” he meant the Fisher household which has ridden his ineptitude a long, long, long way.

  16. kokomike says: Oct 11, 2016 6:33 AM

    This is the same coach who trotted out the six players he got in the RG3 trade for the coin toss against the Redskins in Washington. And, he is a loser.

    Fisher’s fabric is soiled.

  17. kjdoyle58 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:27 AM

    John “Bones” Fassel is one of the best special teams coaches and Fisher gives him a lot of freedom…it didn’t work, but if the D holds them to a FG it’s still a 7 point game…It didn’t work….sometimes the other team makes a play, that’s football….deal with it.

  18. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 11, 2016 11:34 AM

    I’m just going to say, that, hate is really just jealousy in its truest form.

  19. EJ says: Oct 12, 2016 9:29 AM

    One had to figure the Rams would fake it… It was late in the 4th quarter and they were down by 11… I was questioning why they would punt the ball when they were within two scores… It was either fake it or give up on the game. Fisher would have received much more heat from the media and fans if he would of straight up give up by punting the ball to the Bills… so if you didn’t see the fake coming then you don’t watch enough football. There was no other choice.
    Great open field tackle by Darby… he’s really proven to be an asset to this tram.

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