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Fisher says Seahawks on a mission

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 26, 2012 at 10:02 am with 20 Comments »
December 26, 2012 10:02 am
St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher understands that his team will have its hands full when the Rams travel to Seattle to face a Seattle Seahawks squad on a four-game winning streak.

“First of all, I can’t remember a team that’s averaging 50 points a game over three consecutive weeks, so that’s impressive,” Fisher said. “And you’re talking about a team that’s one six out of their last seven. They’re younger players are getting better and better. It starts with the quarterback.

“They’re healthy. They’re playing hard. And they’re making plays in all three phases. … It’s an improved team that’s playing with a great deal of confidence and emotion, and that’s on a mission.”

But the Rams are heating up toward the end of the season as well. St. Louis has won four of its last five games, and at 7-7-1 have a chance to finish over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

“That’s what we have left to play for,” Fisher said. “And so, certainly that’s going to be the topic of conversation. That’s easier said the done, clearly with the way the Seahawks are playing. But from our team standpoint and our season standpoint, I think we’ve done enough to be able to move into the offseason optimistically, and continue to improve this football team.

“They have learned some difficult lessons – how to win on the road, how to manage a game, how to stay ahead, and how to get a lead in the fourth quarter on the road and win. So there’s a lot to learn, and there’s a lot ahead of us. And obviously this is our final challenge of the year.”

Part of the reason for Fisher’s success in his first year in St. Louis has been the play of some of his rookies.

After missing the first three games with a high-ankle sprain, defensive tackle Michael Brockers has played well, totaling four sacks so far this year.

And cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who fell on draft day because of his checkered past, leads the team with four interceptions, three of them returned for touchdowns.

“Nobody did more homework than we did regarding Janoris,” Fisher said. “And we were very, very satisfied, or we wouldn’t have selected him. He’s been great. He’s an outstanding young man. Loves the game, understands the game. And he’s certainly over the last, three or four weeks improved significantly.”

St. Louis lost the team’s most consistent offensive lineman in Harvey Dahl for the season with a torn biceps. But the Rams got by against Tampa Bay last week, alternating Shelly Smith and Chris Williams, a former first round pick for Chicago, at right guard.

Sam Bradford had been sacked in 30 consecutive games, the longest streak in the NFL, heading into Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay. But the Rams’ patchwork offensive line kept Bradford clean, not giving up a sack.

Veteran running back Steven Jackson only needs 11 yards to top the 1,000-yard mark for the eighth straight season. Jackson recently eclipsed 10,000 yards for his nine-year career.

However, there’s a possibility that Jackson will not be in St. Louis next season. The Oregon State product could exercise a clause in his contract that allows him to become a free agent next season.

And rookie Daryl Richardson has provided decent production when given an opportunity. Richardson has 475 yards on 96 carries for a 4.9 per carry average.

But Fisher said he wants the 29-year-old Jackson to finish his career in St. Louis.

“It’s just been an honor for me to watch him play, because I’ve had so much respect for him over the years,” Fisher said. “We’d like for Jack (Jackson) obviously to finish his career here.”

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    One thing about a Fisher coached team is that they will not lay down. Seattle needs to remain focused on the game right in front of them or they’ll get more than they bargained for. That said, I really think that Wilson and Thomas will not allow their respective units to allow this to happen. Finish the season off in style, then sit back and watch ‘Skins / Dallas.

  2. sluggo42 says:

    ya, i don’t see a letdown coming. They are at an insane level right now, and its fun to be there. Fish is almost conceding the game though. They all know that they are stepping into the lions den, and being brave as they might think they are, as we saw with the 9ers, all hell breaks loose in the clink.
    I honestly think the Hawks want to score 50 again… seriously!

  3. Yes, Fisher is a great coach, and the Rams have a great D. They’ll be tough and they’ll play with pride.

    I don’t think the Seahawks are in the mood for a letdown right now. But I think the key is the O linemen continuing to play with a chip on their shoulder. The punishing run blocking that they have perfected since the Chicago game is the key to allowing Wilson to use his play-action and read-option. Its all predicated on the way this O line is playing, and MikeRob and BeastMode.

  4. I would like to see them get pushed for say the first half – get a wake up call to remember that in the NFL – games are hard and the play-offs loom. Then see a dominating 2nd half!!!

  5. RDPoulsbo says:

    I met Fisher in Nashville about 10 years ago and came away feeling he’s one of the truly good guys in the league. I’ll always be a fan of his even as I root against him this weekend.

  6. I bet this will be the closest game of the last three. Rams are playing well, and while we may not have a letdown exactly, it would surprise me if we are as sky-high as we were for the Niners.

    I still see a win though. Our game and the SF-AZ game are being played at the same time, so we won’t know the result by gametime, and can still have the big incentive of trying to win the division.

  7. And not that it matters all that much, but I’d love to see Russell break the rookie TD passing record, and get to 3,000 yds (he’s at 2868), and would be cool to see Marshawn hit 1,600 rushing yds too . . .

  8. RD, that’s cool. How did you happen to meet Fisher?

    Back before we hired Carroll, Fisher was definitely near the top of my list of coaches I wanted hired in Seattle. Titans were stupid to let him go.

  9. Unfortunately for the Titans, it was time for Fisher to move on. He’d been with the club since Houston and sometimes you just need a change of scenery to break the funk. I hope Munchak is still the coach there next year and that they start to get their collective act together. We’ll see about that one, though…the Titans have been rode hard and put away wet this year. Pretty tough year. Think Matt H will be back with them for 2013?

  10. I wish Fisher was like Harbaugh (i.e. easy to hate). It’s more fun having divisional games when you don’t like people (Dockett for AZ, Whinebaugh in SF, but there’s nobody on the Rams I can say I dislike). Oh well, I hate the Cowboys and Steelers enough outside the division to make up for it (although I love what Dez Bryant has done for my fantasy team).

  11. RDPoulsbo says:

    I worked just down the street from the Titans training facility back then and actually ran into a lot of players as well as Fisher. None of them could change my loyalties, so it’s pretty safe to say I’ll be a Seahawks fan for life.

  12. NisquallyHawk says:

    I do not expect to see a letdown of any type. If anything our Seahawks have shown focus and continued improvement, they have not shown they are full of themselves and are satisfied with what they have accomplished. Finishing out this landmark season throws the gaunlet down, not just for the playoffs, but for next season as well. Notice to the entire NFL, there is a bird of prey which reside in the NW and it will devour you if you come here and seek it; tremble if it cast a shadow over your stadium, it wants to feast upon you!
    Go Hawks!

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Looks like Wilson is someones pick for ROY. Too bad I not an insider and couldn’t read the rest of the article.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8780238/nfl-russell-wilson-exceeding-expectations-seattle

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “I’m”.

  15. If this game were in St. Louis, I could see a letdown. However, being in Seattle, I don’t see it.

  16. I think you guys will get a kick out of this, featuring Kam. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A-7xO8QCUAAtS7g.jpg:large

  17. Wilson SHOULD have some people believing in him for ROY (and giving him first place votes). Just b/c my personal vote would go to Luck, doesn’t mean that Wilson isn’t deserving of a HUGE chunk of praise for his improvement throughout the season! He’s a stud. We love him. The people who hated him or thought the pick was bad (besides nighthawk), which isn’t the same as “hating” him, have gladly converted and we’re all now Wilson Warriors.

    Selfishly, now that I have a little boy (1 1/2), I am so happy that there are role models like Luck, RGIII, and Wilson out there. I know I’m going to be committed to be his #1 role model, but there’s no denying that little kids look up to athletes, too. I’m going to be trying to point to guys like them than the morons of the world.

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I knew Baldwin would have a break out game! I just knew it! I just knew it! It was plain to see! Only an idiot could not see it!

    OK, I really didn’t see it, I just hoped for it. Good to see my favorite Seahawk player back!

    http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20121224/SPORTS/712249907/0/SPORTS11

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “but there’s no denying that little kids look up to athletes, too. I’m going to be trying to point to guys like them than the morons of the world.”

    BobbyK- totally agree! But please don’t overlook Suh when you say morons of the world because he fits that description to a tee!

  20. Luck? Guess some people don’t care about INT’s.

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