The Los Angeles Rams now have a 3-2 record so far in 2016 after losing 30-19 to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is once again slipping into the comfort zone when it comes to coaching, and it slowly looks like his team will miss out on playoff football once more. Why is this happening? Fisher said after the Bills game according to The Big Lead: "We don’t make excuses. But three of our four starting defensive lineman were watching the game today.”
Sounds like an excuse to me, but surely the disastrous fake punt with plenty of time left on the clock wasn't a reason for the loss as well?
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With around four minutes left to go in the fourth quarter and the Rams on a fourth-and-five play down by a scoreline of 23-19, Fisher decided to try and pull off a fake punt play deep inside his own half to extend his team's drive and get them in a position to close up the score.
The snap went to wide receiver Bradley Marquez who only managed to run the ball two yards instead of the required five to get the first down, turning the ball over on downs to the Bills in prime field position on the Los Angeles' 25-yard line.
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They capitalised on this and scored a touchdown, all but sealing the win for them with just over two and a half minutes left on the clock.
Earlier in the game as well, Fisher elected to kick a field goal rather than go for a touchdown when the Rams were only down by seven points with six minutes remaining. To make it sound even worse, they were on the Buffalo four-yard line with arguably one of the best running backs in the game today in Todd Gurley.
They wasted eight minutes on a drive just for three points when they probably could have achieved seven and tied the game.
Fisher has been with the Rams now since 2012 but is yet to have a .500 or more season with them, or take them to the playoffs. How many more chances is he going to get?