Rams pull a Schiano, drill Lions on kneeldown

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When Greg Schiano arrived as the head coach of the Buccaneers, part of his tough-guy persona was ordering his players to try to blow up the opposing team’s kneeldowns at the end of games. Other coaches didn’t take kindly to that, and when Schiano washed out in Tampa Bay, it appeared that the practice of hitting other teams in the victory formation was a thing of the past.

And then the Rams resurrected it today.

After the Lions grabbed a game-clinching interception today against the Rams, the offense took the field for Matthew Stafford to kneel down. Multiple players on the Rams’ defense went full-speed on the play, and two Lions offensive linemen were pushed backward into Stafford, who hobbled around for a moment appearing to have hurt his leg.

On the next kneeldown, Stafford kneeled down and then lunged forward, deciding that if the Rams were going to push on the play, he would push back. Several players on both teams then pushed and shoved before separating and leaving the field.

Stafford appeared to be fine afterward, but Lions center Travis Swanson also appeared to be hurt on a kneeldown play, and he had an ice pack on his right hand afterward. The Lions said Swanson was going to get X-rays.

The Rams’ tactic of blowing up the victory formation is legal, but it tends not to sit well with opposing teams. If that’s the way the Rams plan to handle kneeldowns, it won’t make head coach Jeff Fisher and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams popular with their colleagues around the NFL.

50 responses to “Rams pull a Schiano, drill Lions on kneeldown

  1. Fake tough guy posturing. That’s all the Rams are about.

    Fisher has never been able to instill NFC West toughness like Carroll and Harbaugh instilled in their teams.

  2. Jeff Fisher is a loser coach and history will remember him as such. An absolute nothing without McNair and Eddie George who abused the Good Ol’ Boy Network to still have a job after all these years.

  3. “The Rams’ tactic of blowing up the victory formation is legal, but it tends not to sit well with opposing teams. If that’s the way the Rams plan to handle kneeldowns, it won’t make head coach Jeff Fisher and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams popular with their colleagues around the NFL”

    Wait. Other teams are upset that their opponent is trying to do something that may help them win a game? I don’t get it. If it’s a one score game I’d never let my defense stand around and let my opponent take a knee.

  4. Its the NFL, you’re getting paid. I guess if the Rams were down by more than 1 score, it’d be bad….but if there’s a tiny chance, they’re getting paid to try to win, no matter what.
    Furthermore they oughta be trying hard to block every fg & pat too

  5. OMG!! As a Bucs fan, PLEASE don’t emulate Schiano in any way, shape or form!!! He was the biggest disaster of many disasters in Bucs history!! The Bucs are still paying for his horrible tenure as our coach today!! I can’t imagine Fisher telling them to do this, I CAN imagine Williams telling them to do it!! He is a CREEP in the Schiano mold!

  6. I an era where they’re trying to keep injuries down, there should be a huge fine, maybe even suspend the coach. So they basically just decided to try to injure someone for no reason, other than they were mad. Wasn’t Gregg Williams one of those bounty gate guys?

  7. That’s just cheap and dirty.
    And, I think Schiano is done as a head coach, right?
    I guess Fisher thinks he’s really something. Besides a career. 500 coach.

  8. Thought Fisher was on the competition committee who frowned on this.
    Smoke and mirror those Rams wins.

    Williams getting back on the bounty train undoubtedly as well.

  9. Quit defending it. When was the last time a qb fumbled from the victory formation? It shows no class. Also, I’ll bet some Rams players don’t feel comfortable doing it. Imagine knowing your opponent is not attempting to block you and you’re going to blow them up. I doubt players would want to potentially injure a fellow player on a meaningless play.

    It’s bush league which is pretty much what Fisher and Williams stand for

  10. Was a flag thrown? If not what’s the problem? Is this football played by men or baseball where they play by “unwritten rules” and everyone goes home happy? I loved when the Pats punched in that last TD today. You don’t like it? Act like men and stop it, especially after yapping and trying to take out knees and ankles.

  11. Have posted this before but there was a time when he was coach of the Titans and when one of his wideouts took out Rodney Harrison’s knee with a cheap shot, he winked to his players on the sideline. The camera caught it. And Tedy Bruschi actually saw it and was ready to kill Fisher over it. I never saw Bruschi so incensed and he had to be held back by several players.

  12. eagler927 says:
    Oct 16, 2016 6:16 PM
    Quit defending it. When was the last time a qb fumbled from the victory formation? It shows no class. Also, I’ll bet some Rams players don’t feel comfortable doing it. Imagine knowing your opponent is not attempting to block you and you’re going to blow them up. I doubt players would want to potentially injure a fellow player on a meaningless play.

    It’s bush league which is pretty much what Fisher and Williams stand for

    – Chargers did it on Monday night football about 10 years ago

  13. Hopefully someone returns the favor. Heaven forbid Keenum ends up with a broken leg after his center gets pushed back into him during a meaningless play. I’ll bet Fisher won’t like it if it’s done back to him.

  14. LogicalVoice,

    Fisher actually won games with Neil O’Donnell, Billy Volek, Vince Young, and Kerry Collins under center.

    Fisher also won with Chris Brown, Travis Henry, Lendale White, and Chris Johnson in the backfield.

    It wasn’t limited to McNair and George.

  15. jeff fisher is a spineless turd. His claim to fame was being surrounded by superstars in the USC secondary. Can’t wait til this overrated joke of a coach is out of theleague. He’s a punk.

  16. Fisher is a terrible coach.

    Can Wikileaks please leak the compromising photos he has of certain NFL owners so that his blackmail won’t work any longer and he can be fired for ineptitude.

  17. When this was happening four years ago, I remember one player saying there is sort of a “code” between players during this situation. For example, the defense will usually alert the offense that they are rushing, so both teams have a fair chance to avoid injury.

  18. Bush league dirty football. Not surprising considering the coach and DC.

    With the focus on reducing injuries and concussions, this kind of crap needs to be illegal.

  19. OK for all of you saying that this is wrong and that players could get hurt. If you think the team should just “accept the loss” and move on.

    Yell with the same vigor at coaches who run deep passing routes when their team is down by 20 with 2 minutes left. THOSE coaches are also classless and do not know when the game is lost. Non one ever bitches about them but a player has a better chance at getting injured running a crossing route then in a scrum for a kneel down.

  20. imodan says:
    Oct 16, 2016 6:34 PM
    Was a flag thrown? If not what’s the problem? Is this football played by men or baseball where they play by “unwritten rules” and everyone goes home happy? I loved when the Pats punched in that last TD today. You don’t like it? Act like men and stop it, especially after yapping and trying to take out knees and ankles.

    ———————————

    Baseball is played by men, football is played by children who bitch and complain on every play.
    “He interfered with me”
    “He Held me”

    On a easy play a football player will dance around like a 5 year old whereas a baseball player will just get back to work.

    Football players will get into shoving matches after almost every play but if as baseball player gets into one a season then he is behaving like a child?

  21. Fisher is the most over rated coach in the history of the NFL. He is also as dirty as they come. He’s a sore loser who has no respect for the game or his opponents. Why is this clown still a coach?

  22. Jeff Fisher is a terrible coach, period and Greg Williams is his D-Cord. Cheap shots…sure sounds familiar….

  23. On the second kneel down, they should have slipped the TE and threw it, he would be wide open and an easy TD.

    That’s how you counter that bush league ish

  24. Jeez…

    Reading through the comments, one thing becomes clear.

    Most of PFT readers have the following characteristics:
    1) Tightly groomed beards
    2) A little bun on the top of their heads, with a hat
    3) Wear flannel
    4) Wear suspenders
    5) Never chopped wood or even changed a tire in their life
    6) Require a safe spot where their feelings won’t get hurt

  25. “daysend564 says:
    Oct 21, 2016 5:17 PM

    Jeez…

    Reading through the comments, one thing becomes clear.

    Most of PFT readers have the following characteristics:
    1) Tightly groomed beards
    2) A little bun on the top of their heads, with a hat
    3) Wear flannel
    4) Wear suspenders
    5) Never chopped wood or even changed a tire in their life
    6) Require a safe spot where their feelings won’t get hurt”

    Cool. Except, my starting center got hurt on the play.

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