Morning Ram-blings: A textbook tackle

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- In Monday's Morning Ram-blings, we discussed the questionable (at best) roughing the passer penalty that went against St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers. We offered Brockers' thoughts on the call and pointed out the continued issues NFL officials have with delineating between what's legal and what's not.

After the game, a few players privately questioned what, exactly, they can get away with when it comes to hitting the quarterback. And in Brockers' case, Chicago's Josh McCown actually still had the ball when Brockers drove through him for an apparent sack.

On Monday afternoon, Rams coach Jeff Fisher gave his perspective on the call after getting the chance to review it on the coaches' film. Like most everyone else who has seen the play, Fisher saw a fundamentally sound move taken straight from the football textbook.

“I think that’s an example of how to hit the quarterback with the ball in his hand, in my opinion," Fisher said. "It should not have been called. It was a great effort and it was unfortunate it took a sack away from ‘Brock.’ Head was off to the side, just probably looked like it was too hard of a hit."

Fisher, who has long been part of the league's competition committee, didn't project much anger when discussing the call though he clearly disagreed. In some sense, Fisher understood the nature of the call.

"And again, in defense of the officiating department, as we said yesterday, they’re going to officiate on the side of player safety," Fisher said. "They’re instructed to do so, with the respect to the quarterback in the pocket and out of the pocket and a defenseless receiver. It’s part of our game.”

Still, don't be surprised if Fisher and those tasked with such things take another, closer look at hits such as Brockers' in the offseason.


A roundup of Rams' stories appearing on ESPN.com on Monday. … The day began with this week's edition of Upon Further Review, an examination of four hot issues coming out of the Rams' 42-21 win against the Bears. … Next came the Ram-blings with that look at Brockers' hit and Rams links from around the web. … After that, it was time for the rookie review with snap counts and production from the Rams' rookie class. … Next, we dived into the reasons why the Long brothers are happy to have their meeting out of the way after a strenuous week. … Finally, it was a quick injury update on the Rams' trio of concussed players.


At stltoday.com, columnist Bryan Burwell writes that the Rams are starting to click in all phases.

Jim Thomas details the Rams' victory against the Bears.

Thomas also offered some information on the eye injury of cornerback Cortland Finnegan.

Bernie Miklasz draws comparisons between the Rams and Fisher's 1999 Tennessee Titans in terms of current playing style.

The FOX broadcast team discusses the Rams' chances of making a playoff run.

KMOV.com recaps the Rams' win.

Turf Show Times revisits Tavon Austin's 65-yard touchdown run.