The hiring of Jeff Fisher in mid-January by the St. Louis Rams to take over their head coaching position was the first step to changing a culture. It was only a small part of the process however with the team’s perennial losing had become more habitual than due to a true lack of talent. That is what the club is realizing now that they have already eclipsed last year’s win total and still have 11 games left on their schedule.
No one could have expected instant success with a roster that was completely overhauled by new General Manager Les Snead whenever he came onboard with the club. Getting all of those different components to jell so quickly has been a joy to watch for some of the Rams who have been around the longest.
Linebacker James Laurinaitis has been around for a while spending all four of his years in the league with the Rams. He was signed to a contract extension by the team just prior to the start of the season and is thrilled with the way this year has gone so far. Laurinaitis said: “To be in this position and to have this franchise above .500 is a beautiful thing. I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Defensive end Robert Quinn has been having a breakout year with his three-sack performance on Thursday night being a great example. He added: “It’s a new mindset overall. We knew we had it in us, it’s just really fitting the pieces and getting them to click together. Everything is starting to jell.”
This team is incredibly young and has taken on the personality of the man in charge in Fisher. That feisty style of play has been working wonders as opposed to the meek, dispassionate approach that the club had up until Fisher was hired. If they can continue to grow together as a team and play their own brand of football, the Rams could easily be a team to be reckoned with for the duration of this season.
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