August 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead (24) falls into the end zone for a one yard touchdown in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
The Sports Xchange is reporting Jeff Fisher may unleash the Rams starters for at least the first half against the Dallas Cowboys this week. The Rams new head coach also hinted at going a bit further with the starters:
--With two games remaining in the preseason, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the team's starters will not only play more on Saturday in Dallas, but will play into the second half of the final preseason game at home against Baltimore. That is a different approach from most teams that sit their regulars for the last game.
Fisher said his philosophy is simple: "If you do nothing or very little, then you've done nothing or very little in a two-week span. To me, there's too much time off, so we're just going to continue to build. I think you lose momentum and you lose ground if you don't play a significant amount of plays in the fourth preseason game.
"What you're doing is you're playing, it's Thursday, and you're trying to get quality reps and you want to go through the halftime thing. The halftime experience is unusual. You need to go through it before the regular season starts. We don't opt to do it in Week 3, we'll do it in Week 4. Come in, cool down, get yourself warmed back up again and go back out and play. That's as it relates to just the starters." - The Sports Xchange
Fisher wants to up players reps from the mid-20s to 30 plus plays if possible in the final pre-season game of the year too. I never considered what Fisher calls "the halftime experience" before? It makes sense for a team to get used to making halftime adjustments before the season starts. I wonder if the coaches have to practice their yelling and screaming?
I'll leave you with a quote from Fisher on Austin Davis. Seems he's making a hard charge to be Sam Bradford's back up, and not a 3rd string quarterback?
"Austin's making good decisions. Keeping drives alive and the one play he knew he was hot, he got rid of the ball to the tight end (Mike McNeill) and it was just like, 'bang, bang.' He's playing, at times, like an experienced veteran. He has a really good feel for what we're doing." - Coach Jeff Fisher on undrafted free-agent quarterback Austin Davis.
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