Veterans Join Rookies At St. Louis Rams Mini Camp

By Anthony Blake

One thing that the St. Louis Rams were counting on when they hired Jeff Fisher as their head coach was the mentality that he would instill in the locker room. The attitude that Fisher’s teams have played with in the past has been borderline in some opinions and downright dirty according to others, but Fisher doesn’t seem to mind that criticism.

Mini camp began over the weekend and will continue for nearly a month as the Rams attempt to ready themselves for the upcoming season. Fisher offered these thoughts on his approach to the entire offseason saying: “As we told the ‘varsity’ this past week, we’re going to start again from day one with the installation. And by the time we’re done in mid-June, we will have installed absolutely everything. Then we’re going to do it again when training camp starts. So when they come and report to training camp, they’ll know exactly what to expect through camp. The only difference is we’re going to put some pads on at times.”

The intermixing of veterans with the youngsters began on Monday and promised to show just how steep the learning curve will be for the ten draftees and 24 undrafted free agents trying out for the Rams’ roster. Even though this team will be a young one, Fisher is pleased with what he’s seen from the first year players. Of the rookies, he said: “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. This is a good class. They’re working good together.”

Installing both the offensive and defensive playbooks was the focus for the coaches during a three hour meeting on Friday night. His system reflects his attitude as a coach and the attitude that he wants his players to employ when on the field. When it comes to evaluating the progress he’s seen, Fisher said: “I was pleasantly surprised with how they were able to absorb all of the information and bring it to the practice field.”

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