Fisher: Second quarter doomed Rams in Miami loss
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams finished with 462 yards at Miami. But they didn't get enough points with all that offense, made too many errors and now they're back at .500.
Coach Jeff Fisher mentioned numerous breakdowns in the second quarter as the biggest reason the Dolphins won 17-14.
The Rams (3-3) had six of their 16 double-digit offensive gains in the second quarter, but didn't score while giving up a 6-0 lead and trailing 10-6 at the half.
"The statistics reflect a well-played game on both sides of the ball," Fisher said Monday. "But you have to be very careful to walk down the hall thinking that things are OK, because the statistics were so skewed in our favor."
They were whistled for seven penalties in the quarter on top of mistakes by rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins and special teams captain Brit Miller that handed the Dolphins those 10 points.
"We were lucky to get away with 10 points in the second quarter," Fisher said. "That's definitely the area we're going to look at. At the end of the day, we let things slip."
Jenkins guessed wrong on a short pattern and was badly beaten by Marlon Moore on a 29-yard touchdown pass that put the Dolphins ahead.
"Sometimes he guesses right, but he just thought he saw something, and the guy ran right by him," Fisher said. "You don't give up a long ball like that. I'm not singling him out per se, but in close games you can't allow those things to happen."
After Craig Dahl was penalized for illegal use of hands on the extra point, Miller fielded a pooch kick and fumbled it away at the 25, leading to a field goal four plays later.
"Those kinds of things, we can't do that," Fisher said after the game.
The Rams had 294 yards at halftime, a huge step forward for a team that's 28th in total offense at 304 yards per game. But just six points.
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