The Los Angeles Rams executed the Fisherball blueprint better than they have all preseason against the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos when the starters were in tonight.
QB Case Keenum executed Fisherball’s bland offensive scheme very well finishing 8/12 for 77 yards. The bigger issue, offensively, was that the rushing game was unable to move the ball effectively. RBs Benny Cunningham and Malcolm Brown combined for 43 yards on 13 carries in the first half. For Fisherball, Keenum’s line is acceptable. The running backs’ aren’t. And make no mistake, part of the latter’s insufficiency was on the offensive line’s inability to open things up.
No doubt, you have to credit the Broncos for having one of the league’s best defenses. Let’s not forget, this Denver team won the Super Bowl a year ago and is bringing their defense back nearly intact.
So while it was ugly and perhaps uninspiring on the entertainment front, welp. That’s Fisherball. And the Rams played it well tonight with the 1’s.
As for the backups, they had it even tougher as Denver didn’t rotate. Imagine scheming for this game as as coach. You’re trying to get QB Jared Goff, WRs Pharoh Cooper and Mike Thomas to get work in as rookies acclimating to the NFL. You find yourself in the middle of the 2nd quarter doing so against the starting defense from the reigning Super Bowl champs. That’s as tall an order as you’ll find!
So for the Rams to be in the mix IN Denver, AGAINST the reigning Super Bowl who played their starters ALL HALF?
That’s as good as Fisherball gets, fam.
Now it’s time for cut-deciding tape for the roster battles.
The Rams will cut their roster from the 90-man cap to 75 on Tuesday. The 53-man cuts come next Sunday.
The road to the 53-man takes a huge leap toward the finish line tonight.