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oh wow (regarding Bridgewater hit): pic.twitter.com/5REhaKuhGg— OHB (@ohholybutt) November 9, 2015
You know coach, I wasn't surprised because it happened to me in 2006 where Bobby Wade, wide receiver, came and chopped my knee, tore my knee up. I'm just laying on the ground. I look at Jeff Fisher. He's smiling and laughing, so this is typical of Jeff Fisher-type teams.
This is Fisherball. Jeff Fisher waited for an entire year to bring in Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams, banished from the NFL for his role in Bountygate. There's a reason. He fits Fisherball.
We've seen this side of Fisherball when skrimishes broke out last December between the Rams and New York Giants leading LB Jameel McClain to call the Rams "a dirty ass team." We saw it against Carolina in 2013 in a wild fracas-filled game that claimed Sam Bradford's knee (the first of the two ACL injuries) and saw Chris Long of all people ejected. And we saw in training camp this year in an all too predictable melee with the Cowboys that saw Imoan Claiborne jawjack Cowboys WR Dez Bryant.
Hell, it wasn't long before the Joyner hit on Bridgewater that DE William Hayes had a late hit, a possibly fair one nevertheless, on Bridgewater's knees.
Physicality is part of Fisherball. "Dirty" is a manifestation of physicality beyond the rules. For a team that's piled up 33 penalties in their last three games, clearly abiding by the rules isn't all that critical to the Rams' approach to the sport.