May 11, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher during mini camp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
I was hoping to get this up Wednesday night after the Rams worked out during their OTAs, but it sounds like the team has been having issues with their media website so I didn’t get a copy of the transcript until today. Since it’s better late than never, let’s take a look at some of the things head coach Jeff Fisher had to say Wednesday. OL’s Jason Smith and Scott Wells were both given the day off, which Fisher addressed at the end of his meeting with the media.
“Let me get you guys caught up. Last week was an off week for veterans, but the rookies stayed and didn’t work with the coaches. They just stayed and got caught up from a conditioning/lifting standpoint. It was very beneficial for them because yesterday, it appears everyone is caught up now. They’ve closed the gap. Everyone is in really good shape and we’ve had two really good days of practice. We got a lot done, a lot of situational type things done. I’m going to give them tomorrow off. We’re required to have four OTAs this week. I think four is too many. In the offseason, four consecutive practice days is too many, so they’re going to just get a lift in tomorrow and that’s all we’ll require. We’ll finish up with the OTAs on Friday.”
(On having RB Isaiah Pead at OTAs now that his school is out)
“Yeah, first day. It looks like he’s been in the book, but we’ll have to watch him. He appears to be in good shape, but there’s no substitute for working here. So, we’ll watch him over the next couple of days and then we’ll get him really into our mandatory minicamp next week.”
(On WR Brian Quick’s progress)
“He’s picking up the offense. He made a lot of plays yesterday, impressive plays yesterday throughout practice. He’s doing fine. He’s like the rest of the guys, when you start putting so much in every day you start thinking a little bit rather than just going out and playing. That’s kind of where he’s at right now. He’s thinking, but he’s still making plays. We don’t put numbers on him. What you do is you take it day-by day. You just keep feeding him information. He’s a smart young man and obviously he’s got an excellent coach, so we’ve seen the progress.”
(On DE Robert Quinn)
“We’ve seen significant improvement. Now keep in mind, as I always have to follow up with saying, we’re not in pads. But what he’s doing with his hands, and (Defensive Line) Coach (Mike) Waufle is really excited about him. He’s learned a couple extra moves here and there. If he can carry them over into pads, he’s going to have a good year.”
(On how the players have done learning the defense)
“The veterans here have done a really good job. They’re excited. When you stand out and watch practice and everyone on defense is talking, everybody understands the defense.”
Justin Stine (Lead Writer)- Born in the St. Louis area in 1985 and lived in the area for entire life. Family has been season ticket holders for the Rams since the team moved to the city in 1995. Graduated from McKendree University in December 2008 with a degree in English/Writing and has worked in the fantasy sports writing business for much of the last year. Other interests outside of sports include playing and performing music, namely guitar and vocals.