The Los Angeles Rams raised a lot of eyebrows Sunday afternoon against the Detroit Lions. When the game was at its end and the Lions were in victory formation, the Rams defensive line slammed through the kneeldown.
While Jeff Fisher took a lot of criticism for the incident at first, he apologized to Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, and said that his team acted on its own.
Fisher told ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez that he did not direct his team to do that. "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,” Fisher added. “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."
Caldwell wouldn’t say how he felt about the incident, according to MLive, "That's their business," Caldwell said. "Ask those guys that question."
He added that he doesn’t have his players do anything similar to what the Rams did. "That's just the way we believe in, philosophically," he said.