Rams coach Jeff Fisher can name only one Patriots running back
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots absolutely own Jeff Fisher. In their past two meetings, the Patriots have outscored the Rams 104-7. They’ll meet once again on Sunday, when Fisher’s squad heads east to Foxborough for a road game against the best team in the AFC.
It doesn’t bode well for the Rams, who are limping to the finish line, but it’s even worse that Fisher doesn’t know the players his team is taking on. During a conference call Wednesday, Fisher was asked about the Patriots’ running back trio – LeGarrette Blount, James White and Dion Lewis. Here’s what he had to say.
“Well, they’re all different,” Fisher said, via NESN. “I have a place in my heart for LeGarrette, because I gave him a start, and I have great respect for him. He’s a big back, and he’s hard to get down. And as they rotate through, different guys play in different situations, and they do a good job with it. He knows where the ball’s going to go, and the guys are very, very disciplined.
This is when things get, well, interesting.
“I’ve been impressed with Brandon and what he’s done out of the backfield. You’ve got to deal with him, in addition to Danny. You’ve got playmakers all around, so we have to play sound defense.”
Brandon? Danny? Who exactly is he referring to here? That’s not exactly clear.
Perhaps he’s talking about Brandon Bolden, who hardly ever plays and is mostly a special teamer. And Danny might be Danny Woodhead, who hasn’t played for the Patriots since 2012.
New England media guys unsurprisingly had a field day with Fisher on Twitter afterwards, poking fun at the fact that he doesn’t know the guys he’ll be trying to game plan against in four days.
Fisher better get in the film room and acquaint himself with the Patriots’ two dynamic backs.
I love how Jeff Fisher just randomly started guessing at names that could be Patriots running backs. Uh, Brandon? Danny? Decent guesses.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) November 30, 2016
In a Rams film session:
Fisher: "Man, how can we block Easley?"
Boras: "Uh, Jeff…"
JF: "So explosive."
RB: "He plays for us."
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 30, 2016