Burwell: Penalties are Killing the Rams

• By BRYAN BURWELL

At the absolute height of their down-and-dirty championship existence, Detroit Pistons players and coaches understood a thing or two about the high cost of doing business when you strut around the basketball globe with “Bad Boys” as your calling card and mayhem as your perceived mode of operation.

Chuck Daly, the ultra-cool Svengali of the Bad Boys, used to constantly harp about “land mines being everywhere.”

It was the veteran coach’s public concession to the real or imagined handicaps that came with trying to corral his eccentric menagerie as they pillaged the NBA countryside.

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Fisher Frustrated by Calls in Dallas Game –PD

• By Jim Thomas

The 448 yards produced by the Rams against the Dallas Cowboys was the highest offensive output for the team in a regulation contest in 30 games.

That was Game 6 of the 2012 season, coach Jeff Fisher’s first with the Rams. They had 458 yards three games later, but had an extra quarter to get there in a 24-24 overtime tie with San Francisco.

So Sunday was a rare day offensively for Fisher’s Rams. They outgained the Cowboys by 108 yards. Trouble was, they gave all but four of those yards back via penalty, because the Rams had 119 yards in penalties assessed against them to Dallas’ 15. That’s a 104-yard differential.

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Rams Notes: Communication Problems Costly on Both Sides of Ball –PD

• By Joe Lyons

Of the handful of game-changing plays Sunday in the Cowboys’ 34-31 comeback win over the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome, perhaps the most glaring was the 68-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to a wide-open Dez Bryant on the fourth play from scrimmage at the start of the second half.

Bryant, who led the Cowboys with six catches and 89 receiving yards, made a double move near the Dallas sideline to get Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins turned around. Then, with no safety help, the receiver had no one between him and the end zone.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, speaking at his Monday media gathering at Rams Park, blamed the breakdown on communication.

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After Stunning Loss, Fisher Accentuates Positives –Fallstrom

By R.B. FALLSTROM

The St. Louis Rams enter their bye at 1-2, and seemingly with a lengthy to-do list.

They’ve been sloppy in critical times both of their home games. About the only good news after blowing a 21-point lead against the Cowboys is no one got hurt.

Rather than rant, coach Jeff Fisher’s strategy in the wake of a dispiriting 34-31 loss is that the Rams remain a franchise on the rise, and that warts and all, there was improvement in all three phases. What else can he do?

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Plenty for Rams to Ponder as They Hit Bye Week

By Pete Hayes
The Rams will get get next weekend off – but they’re unlikely to enjoy it. They have plenty to think about after Sunday’s stinging 34-31 home loss to Dallas.

It was a game the Rams had under control through most of the first half. But the Cowboys slipped back into contention late in the second quarter and went on to erase a 21-0 deficit. It was the second-biggest opponent comeback in Rams history.

“I guess the disappointing thing is that we have nearly 450 yards total offense and you score the points that we scored and it wasn’t enough,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said at Monday’s regular news conference.

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