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St. Louis Rams: Jeff Fisher Not Considering a Quarterback Change

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The St. Louis Rams lost in embarrassing fashion at home to the Chicago Bears today.  After the game, there clearly weren’t a whole lot of positives to focus on, but here’s what head coach Jeff Fisher had to say about his team’s performance, injuries sustained, and his role in making a quarterback change.

Fisher opened the post-game by crediting the Bears for winning on a short week...
"First off, I congratulate my close friend (Bears Head Coach) John Fox on the win. Not easy to do what he did, to go on a west coast trip, play Monday night, come back and on a short week, and get back on the road again. Those things are hard and teams in the last five years have been 2-7 in that. Their coaching staff did a nice job. I give them credit. We got outplayed, got out coached. We didn’t play well. I’m really disappointed. We just need to keep working. We had a few injuries, ‘JB’ (OL Jamon Brown) doesn’t look good, it looks like a lower leg fracture. So he’ll probably be done. Then we had (OL) Rob (Havenstein) come out with a calf sprain, so we made some changes up on the offensive line. Nonetheless, it shouldn’t be the reason that we lost the game. Two big plays on defense were kind of backbreakers. We had three-and-outs in the first opening drives of the last four weeks, which is not good. We spent some time on it. It was really good to get the ball in the end zone on the opening drive. I thought we were on our way, and then we give up the big play defensively, and then we just kind of battled back and forth. I’ll take the fake punt, that’s on me. I’m trying to win the game. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but that’s our personality. You’ve seen them work, you’ve seen them be difference makers in games. But we’ll keep going. We’ve got to bounce back this week and go."

Fisher, on offensive guard Jamon Brown’s injury...
"You know what, I don’t know. When I got over there he was in a lot of pain. It was on the interception return. He tried to make a tackle and in those particular situations, sometimes you get landed on in the back or get your foot caught in the turf. It’s unfortunate for ‘JB’ because he was off to a great rookie year."

Did he consider a quarterback change?
"No. That’s my choice, but no. I’m just going to look at it. We have to play better around him (QB Nick Foles). I’ll look and see how he played, but he was prepared. He had a great practice this week and he missed a couple of throws and we had a couple of drops. We’ll look at it, but at this point, no."

Is Nick Foles losing confidence?
"He’s a confident, competitive person. He thought, with seven minutes left to go in the game, we were going to put two drives together and score. That’s how he is and it’s real. It’s got some realness to it. It’s not one of those things that you think how someone is supposed to act. I don’t think confidence is an issue with him."

On the FIRST long touchdown the Bears scored...
"Yeah, we were in post-defense with single coverage and they got a block and we missed a tackle. You don’t see that happen against our defense, and of course the screen pass as well. You don’t see those big plays against our defense. Uncharacteristic of us today defensively."

Did Jeremy Langford’s performance catch them off guard?
"No. We really had respect for his play, including this game. We had him rated quite high coming out of the draft and we have respect for his ability. I think he had close to 150 all-purpose yards last week, so he’s filling in for (Bears RB) Matt (Forte) really well and they’re excited to have him. So no, we felt like he was one of those guys we had to contend with."

Should he be past games like this in year four?
"Yeah, I don’t like it. I don’t like it. With four minutes to go in the game we had eight first downs. You can’t win games like that."