“Two games out of the playoff picture” sounds a lot better than “at the bottom of his division,” but eight games into his second season, Jeff Fisher has his St. Louis Rams in both spots simultaneously.
The 3-5 Rams are getting acquainted with the injury bug. They’ve been hit at several positions, including quarterback, running back, offensive line and safety. It’s still evident, however, that the team is growing—including the requisite growing pains—and evolving as the season goes on.
For example, St. Louis ran a lot of soft-zone coverage on defense and frequently tried to force Daryl Richardson up the middle early in the season. Now, there’s more man coverage, Richardson gets a higher proportion of outside carries and Zac Stacy is bulldozing guys in between the tackles.
We’re all still waiting on Tavon Austin to be adequately featured, though.