Know your enemy: One-on-one with the Ramblin’ Fan
It’s almost impossible to get to know every team during a season. Not everyone will be familiar with the ins and outs of the Saints’ upcoming opponent, the Los Angeles Rams. So Who Dat Dish went one-on-one with Rams’ blog Ramblin’ Fan to get some insider info.
First, some background. The Rams are 4-6, tied with the Saints, and 3rd in the NFC West. Seattle leads their division at 7-2, so their road to the playoffs is somewhat more difficult than the Saints. But that doesn’t make the team any less desperate.
Fisher, entering his fifth season as the Rams’ head coach, has never finished a season with a winning record. He’s never finished a season at .500. With three more losses this year, he’d tie Dan Reeves for the most losses in coaching history. With four, he’d eclipse the mark.
Fisher entering his fifth season as the Rams’ head coach, has never finished a season with a winning record. He’s never finished a season at .500. With three more losses this year, he’d tie Dan Reeves for the most losses in coaching history. With four, he’d eclipse the mark.
Obviously, with a team that’s been rebuilding for so long, you expect better results eventually. Fisher’s job is very much on the line, and his performance through the end of the year could make or break his career. So you can expect him to come prepared.
The Rams will start the first overall pick Jared Goff for the second straight week. He didn’t exactly struggle last week against Miami, but his performance was limited by his offensive playbook. Fisher and the coaching staff never gave him a chance to really air the ball out.
Instead, they ran the ball through Todd Gurley. Gurley, a phenomenon in his first year, has struggled heavily in his second. We’ve asked Dan Parzych of Ramblin’ Fan about Gurley’s year, so we’ll have more on that later. Gurley did go on to have his best game of the year against Miami, so there’s reason for concern with the talented back heading into Sunday.
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The Rams have kept their season alive on defense. They have one of the best defenders in the league at DT in Aaron Donald, and a very competent front seven besides. Payton praised MLB Alec Ogletree for a standout year, as well as DE Robert Quinn.
But the Rams haven’t faced an offense as dangerous as the Saints this year. We’ll see how they hold up.
Anyway, sorry for the delay. Let’s get started with our conversation with Ramblin’ Fan. We asked a few questions, and they were kind enough to give us the breakdown.