Rams plan to stay conservative for Game 2
Coach Jeff Fisher might add a few more plays to the game plan
for the St. Louis Rams’ second preseason game.
Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said it’s not about the
calls, but how they’ll be executed in the Governor’s Cup game
against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday night.
”We could go out there and play our base defense every snap and
it should look a lot better,” Laurinaitis said Thursday night.
”In the NFL, you’re not going to outscheme anybody.
”It doesn’t matter what the call is, you’ve got to play it, and
I think we’ll be a lot more confident in Week 2.”
Laurinaitis got caught on a blitz on Andrew Luck’s first pro
pass, a simple dump-off to Donald Brown that broke loose for a
63-yard touchdown on the Colts’ opening snap. Laurinaitis pointed
out the Colts went three-and-out on their second series.
”The preseason doesn’t count, but it matters,” Laurinaitis
said. ”We have to do a better job this week, and we know what.
There’s a greater sense of urgency.
”On the other hand, it’s not Armageddon.”
Running back Steven Jackson, who had 17 yards on four carries
last week, said an offense only needs one play to score.
The Rams were dominated on both sides of the ball in a 38-3 rout
at Indianapolis last week in a matchup of two-win teams that tied
for the NFL’s worst record in 2011.
Jackson noted the Rams (No. 28 in the AP Pro32) were unbeaten in
the preseason last year and it did not serve as a launching pad for
the regular season. Jackson, like the rest of the team, wants to
see improvements all over whether or not the offense is
”We didn’t game-plan the Indianapolis Colts. They came out
playing good, they made some great plays,” Jackson said. ”But as
far as what we need to learn on film, we got, and I think we’re
going to improve this week.”
Fisher said most players will probably go a little deeper into
the game, perhaps a series or so. After the Colts game he said he
might have handcuffed players by keeping the game plan basic, but
on Thursday he said the approach would remain pretty conservative
no matter what the other side does.
”That’s their prerogative,” Fisher said. ”But we have a plan
and we’re going to follow the plan.”
Jackson said playing time had not been discussed.
”I expect to be out there more,” he said. ”I’m pretty sure
coach will keep us out there a little longer to make sure we get
into the groove of things and hopefully get in the red zone.”
Bradford said the No. 1 goal was simple: score some points. The
first unit moved the ball well his two series last week but was
knocked back by a delay-of-game call the first possession that
stalled at the Colts 37, and a false start and fumble by rookie
Isaiah Pead the second possession.
”This week it would be nice to put a couple drives together and
put points on the board,” Bradford said.
Practice was moved indoors during thunderstorms that developed
just as the team was due to hit the field. The workout was about 15
minutes longer than usual, but the coach said it wasn’t because the
team had trouble keeping 90 players involved at all times.
”We intentionally stayed about this long,” Fisher said. ”We
had some things that we needed to get done just on the short week.
So we just scratched the surface on Kansas City a little bit today,
but most of it was against ourselves. It went well.”
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