There are many words to describe the St. Louis Rams’ game on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, but ‘typical’ wouldn’t be one of them. From the deactivations of two key rookies in Janoris Jenkins and Chris Givens to the two fake punts, an overtime period, and two missed overtime field goals, there was nothing ordinary about the Rams and 49ers game.
Of course delaying the most abnormal thing until now was intentional, but the fact that the two squads played to the first tie in the league since 2008 was also a bit out of the norm. Wide receiver Danny Amendola made his much-anticipated return to the field in the game and he summed the contest up by saying: That’s the weirdest feeling I’ve ever had at the end of a football game. We’re disappointed. We’re bummed. We left a lot of plays out on the field. But I think as a team we grew today. Coach Fisher has done a good job getting us to play with the fire you need to play with to win in this league.”
That quality has always been admirable in Jeff Fisher coached football teams. They play with an intensity that is rarely seen with many other squads. The coach agreed with Amendola’s words in a sense saying: “In the long run, this will be a good step for our team. But it hurts a little right now.”
Another weird quirk from the game on Sunday is that the Rams remain undefeated in the NFC West division. They are 2-0-1 and are no longer the date on the schedule that opponents immediately jot down as a win.
In an odd sort of way, I guess you could say the Fisher experiment has already been a success for the Rams as they have transformed their identity as a team from disinterested to impassioned in one short offseason. Their influx of young talent has led to several mistakes and will take a while to mature as a group, but the nucleus is certainly present for big things in the near future. This Rams team is anything but commonplace, just like their game this past weekend.
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