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Fisher Press Conference Wrap: Fisher: Win Over Jacksonville Represents a Step Forward

Posted Oct 7, 2013

A day removed from his team’s second victory of the season, Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher used a measured approach to cite an across-the-board improvement in Sunday’s performance against Jacksonville.

“Looking at tape, I saw more good things than I really saw in person,” Fisher said at his Monday news conference. “I saw room for improvement, as is the case in every game. Offensively, no turnovers, no penalties and ran the football for over 140 yards. That’s a winning equation. If you keep that up and get your turnovers defensively, you’ve got a chance to play and win most games.”

Sunday’s game saw an improvement in the Rams’ third-down conversion rate, which had been an area of difficulty through the first four weeks. The Rams converted eight of their 19 third-down opportunities on Sunday. Fisher credited the running game for presenting more manageable third-down chances against Jacksonville.

“We were disappointed we got stopped on a 3rd-and-1, but 3rd-and-twos, 3rd-and-threes, they’re much easier to convert than the longer down-and-distance, and I think that’s particularly because of the running game,” Fisher said.

The win, which improved the Rams to 2-1 at home this season, featured a standout performance from rookie RB Zac Stacy in his first NFL start. Stacy carried 14 times for 78 yards to lead a Rams rushing attack that garnered a season-best 143 yards. The performance earned Stacy another start next week against Houston, according to Fisher.

“I would have liked to see him get more carries, but that was the way the game went,” Fisher said. “He was hitting the hole and he had yards after contact—violent yards, as we refer to them at the running back position. He got to where he needed to be in the passing game and in protection, he was excellent.”

News and Notes:

-The Rams remain pleased with the work of WR/PR Tavon Austin in the return game. Despite having multiple returns nullified by penalties, Fisher said the Rams awarded Austin a game ball for his work on punt returns following Sunday’s game.

“I showed him his stats if you take away the penalties,” Fisher said.  “It’s significant—almost 10 yards per carry, 257 yards, a long of 81 and one touchdown.”

-With three touchdown passes on Sunday, QB Sam Bradford has established a career-best with 10 touchdown passes through the season’s first five games.

-K Greg Zuerlein’s two field goals on Sunday pushed his streak to nine consecutive successful field-goal attempts.

-WR Austin Pettis’ two touchdown receptions on Sunday marked his first career multi-TD game.