Originally written on Rams Herd  |  Last updated 11/20/14

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 15: Jeff Fisher, head coach of the Tennessee Titans looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a preseason NFL game at LP Field on August 15, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

On Sunday in Indianapolis, Jeff Fisher walked onto an NFL field as head coach for the first time since 2010. We're still waiting for his team to show up. 

I've had my sensible take on the Rams' 38-3 loss to the Colts. It's only the preseason, after all, and it was obvious from the start that Fisher's approach to this game was essentially "just another practice." His coaches installed a very limited number of things that they wanted to work on, and rapidly worked the Rams' core starters out of the game so they could evaluate the roster's younger players.

But there's still this disconnect between what we saw on Sunday - the Rams getting rag-dolled up and down the field - and the image we all have in our head of what a "Jeff Fisher team" is supposed to look like. Win or lose, we're supposed to *hit* the other team hard enough to make them feel it well into the next week. You never hear of a Jeff Fisher team getting bullied. You don't see quarterbacks giggling on the sidelines while playing a Jeff Fisher team, even if they're ahead.

Robert Quinn had the right idea, getting up into wunderkind Andrew Luck's face and giving him a couple of good whacks, even if he did pop back up again. Even if he did burn us with a screen pass / touchdown romp to Donald Brown on one of those. As Luck played deep into the second quarter, the Rams' second-string pass rush was turned into Carl Spackler by Luck's wily gopher ability.

But Fisher wasn't interested in leaving Quinn in to prove any points, or to set any particular tone. As it turns out, he was more concerned about his newly assembled staff performing simple gameday management, like getting the plays in on time. 

"It's kind of an unusual game because the offense puts a drive together and then, bang, they're back on the field one play later because we gave up a touchdown," the Rams coach said. "Then you're trying to catch up with plays for your defense and then you can't stop them and then you can't get the plays for your offense. We tried to get as many plays as we could on tape and we'll move on."

This is not to paint a picture of chaos, or to prompt headlines screaming RAMS SIDELINE IN DISARRAY!

But it is worth noting that not only is this roster a work in progress, so is this coaching staff. And it appears that Fisher is very much in management mode, watching his coaches percolate their gameplans through their overstuffed position groups. He's been sitting back in practice, watching each of his units at work, only occasionally stepping in with a word here or a play-call there. Yesterday was the first time we saw all the pieces at work together, and as I wrote yesterday, they still look like a collection of parts.

To my mind, pure unadulterated football violence was going to be the glue that helped fit those pieces together. Maybe it's too early for that. Maybe in avoiding injuries of our own, our team was behaving with gentlemanly discretion toward the opponent as well. Or maybe Roger Goodell's crackdown on Gregg Williams and the Saints is still casting its shadow over this team. (WARNING! UNFOUNDED CONSPIRACY THEORY!)

Either way, we're all still waiting for this Rams team to become a Jeff Fisher team. Hopefully we won't have to wait too much longer.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Report: Scott Skiles frontrunner for Magic coaching job

Shanahan: injuries are not why Robert Griffin III struggles

Kyle Korver ruled out for remainder of playoffs

Randy Moss attends cancer survivor's graduation

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

PHOTOS: Gigantic sinkhole at Jack Nicklaus golf course

WATCH: Memphis player catches defense sleeping, scores

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

French Open Women's preview: Who will make the quarters?

WATCH: Bryan Price gets ejected before game starts

WATCH: Vin Scully narrates fan's marriage proposal

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.