Ram Coach John Robinson said he believes that his tenuous job situation has adversely affected the play of the team, especially during last Sunday's 31-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
"I think it becomes the focal point," he said. "You try not to make it, but it does. It becomes what preoccupies everybody. And it's hard not to. (It's) just the way it is.
"You're worried about this, you're worried about that, you're wondering about things. . . . I think it has a way of robbing you of your concentration."
Asked to select a player he thought was rising above the Rams' season, Robinson did not hesitate in choosing tailback Robert Delpino. "I think Bobby is playing great football and has come every week to play great football," Robinson said. "I have very high regard for his professionalism."
Sunday's crowd of 35,315 was the smallest for a nonstrike Ram game at Anaheim Stadium.