It was impulsive. It was foolhardy. It made no football sense.
Yet Jeff Fisher couldn't help but smile.
The St. Louis Rams coach didn't slam his headset to the ground when rookie Daniel Rodriguez fielded that kickoff nine yards deep in the end zone and, instead of taking the obvious touchback, decided to run it out. Fisher only smiled.
"I was thinking, 'Just let him return it,'" Fisher said. "He's savoring every moment."
First of all, it was only an exhibition game at Oakland. But more important, Rodriguez deserved his moment in the spotlight. OK, so it was miraculous that the 5-foot-8, 180-pound returner was able to get the ball to the 15,...