Rams vs. 49ers 2012: Jeff Fisher and St. Louis find their mojo after the bye week

Jamie McDonald

Jeff Fisher got the Rams ready to play after the bye week and it showed as St. Louis earned an impressive tie in San Francisco.

After the St. Louis Rams went 2-14 last year, Jeff Fisher was brought in to turn around the once proud franchise. A promising 3-2 start to this season had things looking up for Fisher and Co., but three consecutive losses had this year's Rams looking a lot like last year's Rams and a trip to San Francisco had them staring down the barrel at a fourth straight loss.

The Rams were coming off a bye week, though, and Fisher made sure his boys were ready coming out of it. St. Louis came out playing well and while they didn't get a win, they did com away with a rare tie in a tough road game. All in all, Turf Show Times' Ryan van Bibber thought it was a great coaching job by Fisher.

Bye weeks can be a mixed bag. Teams either lose their mojo on the break or they get it back after a skid. For the Rams, it was the latter; for the 49ers, it looked a lot like the former. Fisher made it clear to the media that he expected to see his team playing better, to fix the things that they worked on in practice after the debacle in London.

Sitting Givens and Jenkins was a ballsy move too. You could make the case that the Rams were going to shoot themselves in the foot with that, but Fisher made it clear that nobody is bigger than the team. Nobody.

Nobody likes ties, but this is a good tie for the Rams and it was thanks to a great coaching job by Fisher. St. Louis put a lot of faith, and money, into Fisher and there are signs that it is paying off. Sunday was one of those signs.
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