On Now
Coming Up
  • Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM CDT Packers at New Orleans Saints Packers at New Orleans Saints
  • Mon., Oct. 27, 2014 4:15 PM - 4:30 PM CDT Live McCarthy press conf. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to the media on Monday, October 27, in the Lambeau Field media auditorium.
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT Jared Abbrederis appearance Jared Abbrederis is scheduled to appear at the Kaukauna Raiders Youth Football Banquet on Tuesday, October 28, from 7-9 p.m., at Van Abel’s Supper Club in Kaukauna, Wis.
  • Wed., Oct. 29, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Schroeder appearance Bill Schroeder is scheduled to appear at the Bellin Health-Wrightstown Clinic in Wrightstown, Wis., on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Sat., Nov. 01, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Rolle appearance Jumal Rolle is scheduled to appear at the Bellin Health Cardiac Combine at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 12:00 AM - 11:45 PM CST Bye Week Bye Week

News

Print
RSS

Rams' Fisher is coach to fear

Posted Oct 18, 2012


Rams fans should be most encouraged by the hiring of Jeff Fisher as his pursuit of the job pertains to Sam Bradford. Fisher would’ve never taken the job if he didn’t think Bradford is a true franchise quarterback.

That’s what it takes to win in this league. You have to have “The Man,” which is what Bradford was drafted to become and appeared to be on his way toward doing that in his rookie season, before falling into a sophomore slump last season.

Fisher has long been one of the best coaches in the league. If you fear one member of the Rams this week, fear him, because the man can flat coach football.

He’s an excellent evaluator of talent, and he’s firm in his commitment to the process of developing young talent. The late Steve McNair is the perfect example of that commitment.

Early in his career, McNair was an interception machine. “Dare McNair” was a phrase that mocked McNair as the weakness in the Titans offense. That’s how you beat the Titans, McNair’s critics said. You stop Eddie George and dare McNair to beat you. One day, he started doing that, and he carried the Titans to within a yard of a Super Bowl win.

Fisher never wavered in his commitment to McNair, whom the franchise made the third pick of the 1995 draft. It wasn’t until McNair’s fourth season that he began to show promise.

Bradford was the first overall pick of the 2010 draft. He threw more touchdown passes as a rookie, 18, than he’s thrown since, 12, but Fisher is committed to Bradford being the centerpiece of the Rams’ offense going forward, which raises this question: When will Bradford have that breakthrough game?

Will it be this week, against the Packers?

Here are 10 things the Packers have to do to beat the Rams.

1. Light it up—Should the Packers score points as they did last week in Houston, it’s highly unlikely the Rams could keep pace.

2. Deny big plays—The Rams are 29th in the league in red zone scoring efficiency.

3. Get into the red zone—The Packers lead the league with a whopping 14-2 touchdown-to-field-goal red zone ratio.

4. Stop Steven Jackson—Fisher believes football is still first and foremost a running game.

5. Avoid a letdown—It’s about time the Packers get over .500 and stay there.

6. Take the crowd out of the game—Forget that. The Cardinals have already done it.

7. Block Robert Quinn—He’s got six sacks.

8. Ignore last year’s game—The Rams are a different team with a new coach, new scheme and new energy.

9. Achieve balance—It’s what’s worked in providing pass protection for Aaron Rodgers.

10. Beware special teams tricks—Fisher likes to use them, too.

Additional coverage - Oct. 18
 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Final Thoughts: Packers vs. Saints

    (3:24) Posted 8 hours ago

    Packers.com's Vic Ketchman and Mike Spofford preview the Green Bay Packers' Sunday matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Vic and Mike talk about what's at stake, players to watch, and ways the Packers can win.

  • Playbook: How Packers match up vs. Saints offense

    (3:55) Posted 8 hours ago

    The "Playbook" crew takes a look at how the Green Bay Packers' defense can shut down New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the team's Week 8 matchup.

  • Trailer: Packers at Saints

    (2:26) Posted Oct 24, 2014

    After a 38-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 7, the Green Bay Packers face the New Orleans Saints in Week 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.