Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ignorance Is Bliss for Fisher on LA Front; Fisher Focused on Team, Not Its Location; NFL Football - Rams Notebook

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ignorance Is Bliss for Fisher on LA Front; Fisher Focused on Team, Not Its Location; NFL Football - Rams Notebook

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INDIANAPOLIS * When it comes to the ongoing saga of the Rams' potential relocation to Los Angeles, coach Jeff Fisher favors a head- in-the-sand approach.

He told a large media gathering Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he has purposely avoided keeping tabs on the LA situation.

"If I don't know anything, then when someone asks me, and I say, 'I don't know anything,' I'm telling you the truth," Fisher said. "My focus of course this is coach-speak is this year, our football team in St. Louis.

"And as things come up here on a daily basis right now, they're gonna continue to change. Whatever happens, happens. But I love St. Louis. We've got a great fan base. We've got some work to do as we go through this process. But our focus is on 2015."

Fisher is in kind of a tightrope position on such questions. He doesn't want to say anything that riles his boss, Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who has plans to build a stadium in Inglewood, Calif. But he doesn't want to alienate a fan base frustrated with the team's losing ways and angry over the owner's apparent attempt to move the team to greener pastures.

"Those (fans) that came out saw some really good football games," Fisher said. "And the true fans that know what we're doing see improvement. They know we've been without our first-round pick in the starting quarterback (Sam Bradford)."

SPEAKING OF BRADFORD

Fisher, as he has done on numerous occasions, mentioned Bradford's 5-2-1 record against the NFC West since 2012 in his defense.

"And we weren't very good when we got here," Fisher said. "So we're counting on him. I'm betting on him. And if that doesn't happen, then we'll win games with somebody else."

This is the season for bad rumors and they continue to fly on the subject of Bradford. Such as the highly exaggerated one earlier in the week that the Rams had given Bradford permission to seek a trade.

"I was surprised to hear that," Fisher said. "Not surprised, but that's inaccurate. We've talked about what our plans are."

And the latest rumor came Friday, namely that the Cleveland Browns want to trade for Bradford. Maybe the Browns do, but as general manager Les Snead said Wednesday, deleting Bradford from the roster does nothing to help the team. …

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