Blasted off the field by the upstart Colts and their new Peyton Manning? Followed by a fairly convincing win against KC? Then creamed by Tony Romo for 198 yards in less than one half? Ha! The Fish is playing it cool in pre-season just like I hoped he would. No, I don't think we're a Super Bowl contender yet, largely because of a weak offensive line, the absence of good OLB's, and we sure could use a true #1 WR.
But, it is clear to me that Fisher has told the players that are locks (like Sam) to take it easy and not to get hurt during pre-season. That’s why Bradford was not running in TD’s against the Boyz Saturday night. Unlike Spags, who thought it was a SB equivalent, Fish has no use for pre-season wins. He knows they don't count for anything. I think he already pretty much knows which players are gonna have to be dumped and which will stay.
Fish sees through the Brandon Gibson facade. He knows Jason Smith has always been a bust and Richardson is no better. You think he doesn't know that Craig Dahl is NO good or that DX will be PUP every 2 out of 3 weeks during the regular season? I just hope Isaiah Pead is faking it. He can’t be that bad – can he? This Ram team has Sam Bradford, Steven Jackson, Harvey Dahl, JL, Chris Long, Robert Quinn, Cortlandt Finnegan, Danny Amendola, Janoris Jenkins, Quinton Mikell, and Darian Stewart. We've got a booming new kicker. We got 1st rounder Brockers and 2nd round rooks like Quick and Givens. And, hopefully we'll have Wells fully healthy and Saffold back to normal by the Detroit opener. There's still a chance for Kendricks too. Even Gholston may surprise. Anyway ya cut it that's alot of high draft picks and talent. Combined with a Coach like Fisher, these type players won't get beat 38-3 or give up 200 yards passing in the 1st half when they're really trying.
The pundits think the Rams are lousy. And Fisher wants the other NFL teams to think the same thing. One more pre-season loss will make that impression a lock. But then, when we hit Detroit on opening day, me thinks the Lions are in for a bit of a surprise. I'm not saying we're going to beat a 10-6 playoff team. But I think it will be a good game and much better than the 44-6 whoopin’ the Lions laid on our asses the last time. And, barring injuries I think we'll win a few games this year - maybe, 5 or 6 games. That’s respectable enough that opponents won’t consider us as auto-wins. Then next season we'll bolster the offensive line, get a decent OLB or two, and a #1 WR. Then we might win 9 games. It's a progression. Right now Fish is playing possum and staying healthy. I’m 100% in total agreement.