Call it the case of one too many Danny.
On Wednesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher made a generic reference to “Danny” during a conference call with New England media. Because Fisher was discussing running backs at the time, some have assumed he was referring to Danny Woodhead.
As in the Danny Woodhead who last played for the Patriots in 2012. And who has played for the Chargers since 2013.
“Coach Fisher was referring to Danny Amendola, who played for the Rams,” a Rams spokesman told PFT. “He was talking about some of the threats they have.”
Complicating the situation was Fisher’s reference in virtually that same breath to what “Brandon [has] done out of the backfield.” But running back Brandon Bolden has only one rushing attempt and two pass receptions in nine 2016 games.
The Rams confirmed that Fisher was referring to Bolden, “not so much about production, but the different ways they line him up.” The Rams added that Fisher has a flip card listing the opponents players at each position in front of him for all conference calls.
These realities haven’t stopped the anti-Fisher crowd, spurred by Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson (whose Twitter page continues to suggest he’s trying to get Fisher fired even if Dickerson claims he isn’t), from presuming that Fisher was talking about a guy who hasn’t played for the Patriots in more than 3.5 seasons and from assuming that Brandon Bolden’s lack of statistics doesn’t mean he’s not a threat.
And to anyone (especially members of the New England media who were on the conference call) who may be inclined to question the credibility of the team’s explanation, there was an opportunity to ask follow-up questions about “Danny” and “Brandon” during the conference call. For whatever reason, no one did.