Rams Coach Jeff Fisher told, practically pleaded, with his team before the season that he wouldn’t settle for another year of mediocrity.
There would be no finishing 7-9, 8-8, 9-7 or even 10-6, Fisher said in an episode of the HBO series “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Los Angeles Rams.”
Don’t get ahead of yourself, but the Rams are 2-1 and are off to their best start since 2006 after a 37-32 victory over the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
They are in first place in the NFC West.
“All I know is we got Arizona at Arizona next week,” Fisher said after the game when asked about avoiding a 1-2 start in his fifth season as coach. “None of them are easy, but we’ll take it.”
Said linebacker Alec Ogletree: “We know we have a good team in here and come to every game expecting to win, nothing less.”
A 1-2 start seemed probable when the Rams departed for the cross-country trip to Tampa.
They were shut out by the 49ers, 28-0, in the season opener in San Francisco and defeated the Seahawks, 9-3, in a home opener fell short of inspiring. Through two weeks the Rams were the only team without a touchdown.
“I mean you got to keep this right here, this momentum going,” receiver Kenny Britt said.
The Rams play the Cardinals (1-2) in Phoenix on Sunday.