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RamView: Week 14 – Part 8

* Coaching: Though he’s long been an obnoxious prima donna in the eyes of Rams Nation, I’ve tried to keep my disdain for Titans head coach Jeff Fisher a respectful one because of his long and successful career. But I would ask Fisher today why anyone should respect a head coach who’s throwing deep, keeping his superstar running back in the game when he’s got his 100 yards rushing, and going for it on 4th-and-goal, all when he’s up 33-7 in the 4th quarter against a 1-11 team. Fisher just reaffirmed our long-time gut feeling about him today, didn’t he? He’s a walking, talking, living, breathing anal orifice. He’s a 5-foot-10, 190-pound feminine hygiene product receptacle. Steve Spagnuolo’s postgame handshake with him looked brusque and brief. Spagnuolo looked pissed off. And he should have been. Fisher didn’t deserve the niceties of sportsmanship after his pour-it-on performance today. May Spagnuolo and however many Rams who are still here then remember this day the next time they cross paths with Fisher.

More coaching review after the jump!

No need to remind me; Spagnuolo brought some of the Rams’ problems today on himself. The Rams were in nickel on 1st-and-10 on Johnson’s first TD run. I don’t know why you’d do that much against Tennessee’s unimposing passing game. But the Rams seemed to be in a lot of nickel today. They zone-blitzed on Johnson’s mile-long TD reception. Because Leonard Little is so great a defensive back, I suppose. Leonard’s good at sniffing out screen plays; leave him where the good Lord meant him to play and you’re NOT looking at a 68-yard TD. The Rams looked poorly prepared for a lot of passes to tight ends, when that’s been Tennessee’s bread and butter for 15-some-odd years. 10 penalties for 82 yards isn’t a ringing endorsement of the Rams as a well-coached team, either. After Incognito’s second penalty, TV called his sideline tete-a-tete with Spagnuolo a “confrontation”. I think Incognito was just mad about what I lip-read as a “(B.S.) call”. Neither he nor Spagnuolo were losing control over there. But Spagnuolo never should have let Incognito’s butt off the bench the first time. Enough is enough.

At the outset of the game, I thought Pat Shurmur must have been abducted and been replaced by some kind of alien. Play-action? Downfield thows? Misdirection? Four-receiver sets? Who are you, and what have you done with our offensive coordinator? The offense stayed in the small box for the second half, though. Jackson ran out of a lot of single-back sets, which puzzled me. He really could have used a fullback in front of him more often, after the bang-up job Billy Bajema did last week and the decent job Mike Karney’s done all season. Tennessee also got defenders to Jackson unblocked far too many times to think the run schemes Shurmur used were good ideas. I’m not sure Tennessee was going to worry too much about the Rams spreading the field with Null behind center. The passing game plan was an improvement over last week, but the running game plan was largely a failure, not helped by this week’s litany of offensive line mistakes, youthful QB errors, defensive missteps and lapses in discipline.

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One Response to “RamView: Week 14 – Part 8”

  1. Mark Peterson says:

    orifice… lol

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