Rams’ Fisher: Third-down woes putting major crimp in offense
St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher pointed to a pretty simple reason why his team struggled offensively for the second straight week.
“Our issue is third-down offense,” Fisher told reporters Monday after the Rams were limited to a pair of field goals in a 12-6 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
St. Louis converted only 2-of-10 third-down chances against the Steelers after making good on only 2-of-12 opportunities in that area during a 24-10 setback at the Washington Redskins in Week 2. Consequently, The Rams rank dead last in the NFL in total yards (274.3) per game.
“The points will increase once our drives increase,” Fisher said. “We just haven’t had the opportunity with the drives. And really, it all circles around the third-down efficiency. We’re just not converting third downs.”
Fisher said he's confident the Rams will improve in that area, but he knows it must happen soon. St. Louis' next two games are on the road against the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers – the two highest-scoring teams in the league.
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. So we’re moving forward,” Fisher said.
Rams were 4-for-4 on third down in game-tying drive against Seattle. Aside from that, they are 6-for-29 and 4-for-22 the last two games.
— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) September 28, 2015
#Rams Offense: Last in total offense, 29th in third down conversion %, 28th in points per game and last in first downs per contest.
— Shane Gray STL Rams (@ShaneGmoSTLRams) September 28, 2015