The St. Louis Rams were coming off back-to-back big wins at home against Cleveland and San Francisco with a 4-3 record and had positioned themselves for a run at the division but at least wild card discussion.
Since then, they have now dropped two straight and after Sunday’s 37-13 loss to the Bears at Edward Jones Dome, its time Jeff Fisher gets firmly planted in the coaching “hot seat.”
With ten minutes to play and down by two scores on his own 25, Fisher called for a fake punt that the Rams failed to convert on. The Bears ran the clock down to eight minutes, kicked a field goal and made it a three-possession game.
Even converting that far from the endzone didn’t guarantee points on that drive. Punt, see if you defense can get the ball back, figuring Chicago would play it conservative and take another crack at it. Terrible call with that much time on the clock.
Perhaps that fake punt called showed a lack of confidence in Nick Foles, who has been disappointing at quarterback, since coming over from Philly in the trade for Sam Bradford (who by the way was hurt again). He has just one TD pass the last four games. He was 17 for 36 for 200 yards with an interception in this loss.
The Rams entered November with a winning record for the first time since 2006. Their defense entered ranked fifth overall, but gave up many big plays.
Chicago tight end Zach Miller caught two touchdown passes, including an 87-yard score, where he outran a defensive back for Chicago’s longest play since 2010, and backup Jeremy Langford added two TDs.
The lack of leadership from Fisher may be starting to wear thin on St. Louis fans. Fisher may soon become LA’s problem. After stepping away from the game after his long tenure with Tennessee, his coaching style may be out of style in today’s NFL.