Fisher reflects on frustrating loss
Saturday, September 28, 2013
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just more than 16 hours after a 35-11 loss to San Francisco, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher was finally able to come to grips with the setback.
Fisher angrily stormed out of Thursday’s postgame news conference after just two questions. The 1-minute, 32-second briefing provided little insight into the team’s dismal performance,
On Friday afternoon, after a night of sleep, Fisher was able to reflect on the sluggish effort he called “frustrating.”
“But we found out where our team is and what we need to do and where we need improve on,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do as a staff. Fortunately, we have some extra time, some extra days to get focused.”
Fisher’s club has dropped the last two games by a combined 66-18, marking the second-worst consecutive defeats in his 19-year head coaching career. Under Fisher in 2009, the Tennessee Titans lost to Indianapolis 31-9 and New England 59-0 in Weeks 5 and 6.
St. Louis (1-3) hosts Jacksonville on Oct. 6.
Thursday’s loss to the 49ers took a physical toll as well. Safety T.J. McDonald broke his right leg and has been placed on the designated injured reserve list. He will be out at least six weeks, but could return to the team.
“We’re fortunate that it will not have to be surgically repaired,” Fisher said. “It is not season-ending.”
Cornerback Cortland Finnegan and linebacker Will Witherspoon suffered hamstring injuries and are considered day to day.
Fisher felt the lack of a running game and the inability to stop the 49ers’ rushing attack played major roles in the loss. Frank Gore tore through the St. Louis defense for 153 yards. Offensively, the Rams rushed 19 times for 18 yards.
“We’ll get it fixed,” Fisher said. “We’ve got to adjust our offensive philosophy to what’s better suited for us right now, and that’s to hand it off. And then everything else spins off of that.”
Despite the rough start to the season, Fisher said his players are handling the adversity well.
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