Off the Record (OTR)

Rams won’t Schiano anymore

In the waning moments of the Los Angeles Rams loss to the Detroit Lions, Matt Stafford was taking a knee to run out the clock. It’s pretty standard stuff.

Except that Aaron Donald and some other Rams decided to pull a Schiano. That is, do like former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano used to do in those situations, and crash the center and quarterback. It’s generally not something that other teams appreciate.

Head coach Jeff Fisher, however, said that the decision didn’t come from the sideline and he would look into it.

“There’s been some criticism with respect to that,” Fisher said. “This approach did not come from the sideline. It was not a call. It was not something that we practiced, or that we preach. I think it was a byproduct of frustration, some things that Aaron endured during the game, and the players took it on themselves to do it. We’ll address it. I talked to coach Caldwell after the game and apologized and said I’d get to the bottom of it. The game’s over, the game’s over. Pay respect to your opponent. But you guys don’t realize all the stuff that goes on inside, up front, between the offensive linemen and the defensive linemen. We’ll address it, and it’s unlikely it’ll happen again.”

For what it’s worth, Donald said that the Lions’ linemen did some things he didn’t care for, although he didn’t say specifically what it was.

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