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Discipline, Penalties Plague St. Louis Rams at Bye Week

St. Louis Rams penalties

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

As the St. Louis Rams try to put the pieces back together during their bye week following the 45-7 shellacking at the hands of the New England Patriots, the team needs to focus on fundamentals. Many times in the past Jeff Fisher coached clubs have been called undisciplined and overaggressive so does that mean in order to improve the team needs to alter its current approach? Eliminating penalties and unnecessary errors in judgment on the field would certainly go a long way toward improving this team.

Their head coach known for these types of issues agrees that these particular mistakes must be cleaned up. He said: “We can’t guess on defense or on offense false-start or have an unnecessary penalty at certain times. As we’re maturing, as we’re growing, as we’re building, we have to learn to win games. And you win games by eliminating those things.”

Pre-snap penalties are certainly the hallmark of a team lacking discipline. Preparation is supposed to eliminate any potential pitfalls that could arise before the ball is even snapped, but the Rams have been consistently making those mental errors during the course of a game.

To be fair, these pre-snap infractions were a point of emphasis by the league coming into the season. The NFL sent out a directive to its officials that particular attention be paid to both pre and post snap issues. These types of penalties are up league-wide in 2012, but the Rams have been habitual offenders with unsportsmanlike issues or false start and offsides problems.

The old adage says that the players need to test the boundaries early to find out how the game is going to be called and then adjust accordingly. Now that the Rams are at the bye week and entering the second half of the schedule, one would think that this is as good of time as any to nip these issues in the bud and the season moves along.

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