11 penalties doomed Rams against 49ers
Coach Jeff Fisher is willing to forget about the season-high 11
penalties the Rams took on Sunday in a 23-13 loss at San
As long as it doesn’t happen again.
”We’re not (normally) a penalty-plagued football team,” he
St. Louis had a two-game winning streak snapped in the loss. The
Rams took a step backward after impressive wins over Indianapolis,
38-8, and Chicago, 42-21.
The Rams (5-7) committed 11 penalties for 105 yards. The first
five came on defense in the game’s opening 12:15, and four of them
handed the 49ers a first down. The mistakes helped San Francisco
roll out to a 13-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
St. Louis had eight penalties on defense, two on offense and one
on special teams. The first-half defensive infractions helped the
49ers score on each of their first three possessions.
Fisher felt some of the penalties were due to too much
aggression by the secondary.
”When you play man to man against physical receivers, it’s
going to happen,” he said. ”We’ve got to teach our corners that
you can’t grab now.”
The St. Louis offense did little to help pick up the defense.
The Rams got their initial first down early in the second quarter.
Kellen Clemens hit on 19 of 37 passes for 218 yards, but was just
11 of 28 for 128 yards before the Rams’ lone touchdown drive. That
series ended with an 8-yard pass to Brian Quick with 18 seconds
left in the game. San Francisco had just three regulars on the
field during the march.
St. Louis center Scott Wells broke his left leg in the first
half and is likely lost for the season, according to Fisher. Left
tackle Jake Long departed in the third quarter Sunday with
concussion-like symptoms. He is going through the NFL’s required
concussion protocol, but Fisher said ”he felt pretty good,” on
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