On October 14, following Week 6 of the regular season, the St. Louis Rams found themselves in an all too familiar spot: with a losing record and fans looking forward to next year's NFL Draft.
Fair enough. With nearly a third of the season in the books, with one win, and with one sack, the on-field play didn’t match the offseason expectations.
So we, at Turf Show Times, decided to check the pulse of the fan base. The result of that poll may or may not have shocked you. Fans, as always, expect to see progress. They expect, at some point, to see a team that can finish this season with a winning record. They expect that someday sooner than later this team will be playing in a postseason game.
After a 1-4 start to the year, things looked bleak. And only 40% of Rams’ fans approved of the job that Jeff Fisher [specifically] was doing. Not Les Snead. Not Brian Schottenheimer. Not Gregg Williams. Jeff Fisher.
But things have changed, and Jeff Fisher’s squad is playing far better than it did through their first five games this season. Since that point, the Rams have defeated the 49ers in San Francisco, and they’ve beaten the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. Not satisfied with beating just one Super Bowl team, the Rams went on to defeat the Denver Broncos 22-6...the fewest points the Broncos have scored since Week 17 of the 2011 season. Those six points, at the time, were 37 points below their season average.
And heading into Week 15, the Rams are now coming off of back-to-back shutout victories. They hammered Oakland at home, 52-0, and then traveled to Washington to continue their streak of scoreless quarters allowed to eight, defeating the Redskins 24-0.
Over the first five weeks of the season, the Rams had one sack. Unacceptable for a defense loaded with talent, who’d lead the NFL in sacks over the course of the 2012-2013 seasons. Over the last eight games, they’ve tallied 34 sacks. That’s most in the NFL over that span.
The Rams may or may not be hitting their stride with too little time left on the clock in the 2014 season. Regardless, Jeff Fisher’s Rams have gone 5-3 since we last took the fan’s pulse in October.
So how’s he doing now?