Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Offense, but No Panic for Rams

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Offense, but No Panic for Rams

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When it comes to concerns over the Rams' struggling offense, coach Jeff Fisher said he's heard it all before.

"Go back a year from now, two years from now, three years from now you guys all asked me the same questions," Fisher said Monday. "'What's up with your offense?'"

Well, what is up with the offense?

In the Rams' first two preseason games, quarterback Nick Foles and the first-team offense have been on the field for six series. The net results of those six series? A mere five first downs, a meager 113 yards, and one measly field goal by Greg Zuerlein.

Take away the pass plays of 26 yards to Lance Kendricks and 35 yards to Tavon Austin on the first two plays of the Oakland game, and the Rams' starting unit has 52 yards on 25 plays so far this preseason.

Yes, it's a small sample size. Then again, the Rams haven't opened exhibition play against juggernauts. Sure, they could be improved teams this season, but Oakland and Tennessee finished a combined 5-27 last season.

"We are struggling," Foles said following Sunday's 27-14 loss to the Titans. "I think we've shown that. But at the same time I'm not worried about it. We can't just (say), 'Oh, our second preseason game didn't go the way we wanted. That's it.'

"Guys in this locker room want to get better. I want to get better as a player. And that's what it's about. It's a process. You've just got to chisel away. It's not pretty right now. But we'll get there. I believe we'll get there. I know we'll get there."

After reviewing game film, Fisher was equally adamant during his Monday media session.

"Our offense is coming," Fisher said. "It's coming. I saw a lot of good things out of our offense against the Cowboys."

He was referring, of course, to the two days of joint practices with Dallas last week in Oxnard, Calif. But the results haven't been there so far in the preseason games.

With the starting unit on the field, running backs Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham have combined for just 40 yards on 14 carries or 2.9 yards per carry. Foles has completed six of 12 passes for 87 yards, with a very poor passer rating of 39.2.

Again, small sample size. And the one play that pulled Foles' passer rating down was the interception he threw against Tennessee that was returned 24 yards for a touchdown by Perrish Cox.

Once he saw Cox attempting to jump the route, intended receiver Kenny Britt should've flattened his route to try and prevent the interception. But Foles blamed himself.

"I'm the one who released the ball," Foles said. "It's on me. That's one of those ones where you learn from it. Next time you see that, you throw it over their heads.

"That's what the preseason's made for, situations like that where you can learn from it, move forward, and stay positive through it all."

While noting Sunday that Britt needed to adjust his route, Fisher basically agreed with Foles' assessment Monday. …

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