Film review on Monday proved to be a tough one for St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.
His team piled up 462 yards of total offense and only had one touchdown to show for it. Not to mention, his defense was fantastic as well. It only allowed 192 yards of total offense—the eighth-lowest total since the franchise moved to St. Louis.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked Fisher if this kind of a loss was tough to take, especially after winning every statistical category:
"Yeah, it is," Jeff Fisher said. "The numbers — the statistics — reflect a well-played game on both sides of the ball. But you have to be very careful to walk down the hall thinking that things are OK because the statistics were so skewed in our favor."
Skewed is right.
Outgaining one's opponent by 270 yards seems like it has to be an automatic victory. Yet, when a team doesn't convert in the red zone and its rookie field-goal kicker misses three kicks, those all become self-inflicted wounds.
Fisher also said the disastrous second quarter played a major role in Sunday's loss. The Rams were penalized seven times in that quarter alone, two of the three missed field goals came in the second, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins' busted coverage led to a 29-yard touchdown.
"So there's your definition of how you lose close games," Fisher said. "You have a lot of little things add up."
It's always interesting to get the head coach's take after he has had a chance to review the film. There's no question the little things did add up, and that's what led to St. Louis losing yet again on the road.
Below are links to other fresh news stories from around the NFC West.
Tyler Nickel from RevengeOfTheBirds.com looks at Arizona's injury report and the MRIs of Kevin Kolb and Kerry Rhodes.
Shaun M. Church of Bleacher Report asks, can the Arizona Cardinals survive in the NFC West with John Skelton at QB?
Cam Inman of MercuryNews.com grades the 49ers' 26-3 loss from Sunday afternoon.
Vincent Frank of Bleacher Report says inconsistency is the theme for the 49ers this season.
Kevin Patra of NFL.com gives us a look at Richard Sherman and how he was upset that NFL Network pundits called the Seahawks pretenders.
Darin Pike of Bleacher Report breaks down Seattle's biggest winners and losers from Week 6.