EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher ruffled plenty of feathers in Washington last year when he sent the six players who the team drafted with picks acquired in the 2012 mega-trade with Washington to handle the job as coin toss captains.
Fisher doubled down on the move, telling St. Louis reporters the day after the game that the Redskins have "more issues than the coin toss" after his team defeated Washington 24-0.
While five of the six Rams who participated in the coin toss in last year's game remain on the roster, Fisher said he doesn't plan any coin toss shenanigans this week, though he left at least a little bit of wiggle room.
“[It's] probably going to be the captains that were elected by their teammates," Fisher said.
Rams players elected season-long captains last week in the form of linebacker James Laurinaitis, end Robert Quinn, quarterback Nick Foles, linebacker Daren Bates and punter Johnny Hekker. Those five served as the coin toss captains last week against Seattle and, for the record, won the opening and the all-important overtime coin tosses.
The Rams traded running back Zac Stacy to the New York Jets in the offseason but still have defensive tackle Michael Brockers, offensive tackle Greg Robinson, receiver Stedman Bailey, linebacker Alec Ogletree and cornerback Janoris Jenkins as dividends from the 2012 trade with the Redskins. That trade, of course, was the one that landed quarterback Robert Griffin III in Washington with the No. 2 overall pick.
St. Louis either used picks from Washington or subsequent picks gained from trading those choices to acquire the six coin toss captains from last season's game.
Brockers said that though he enjoyed being the captain in last year's contest, he's fine sitting it out this time around.
"Last year was kind of an inside joke with us," Brockers said. "But the captains deserve to go out and look at the coin and getting it flipped. Plus, you know, I’m getting ready to get my mind set anyway so I don’t need to be worried about which way we’re kicking, heads or tails, checking the wind. I’m fine with standing on the sideline getting ready for the game."