The Rams start the season 2-1 for the first time since 2006

Rams defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks is escorted into the end zone by teammates Alec Ogletree, right, and TJ McDonald Jr. after returning a Buccaneers fumble 77 yards.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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.

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