Rams playing with attitude under new coach

Associated Press Modified: September 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm •  Published: September 17, 2012
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A large part of Jeff Fisher's rebuilding job with the St. Louis Rams is getting players accustomed to failure to believe they can win.

So far, it's working.

The Rams are 1-1, already halfway to last season's win total, heading into this week's game at Chicago. They're playing with the same attitude their coach brings to the job, too, having fun and getting the job done.

"When you're here, you expect to win," Fisher said Monday, a day after the Rams' 31-28 win over Washington in the home opener.

"That's kind of the attitude that they have and that goes back to our first little scuffle in the first play of our OTA."

The Rams won their home opener for the first time since 2006.

They rallied from a 15-point deficit to win for the first time since beating the Texans in Houston on Nov. 27, 2005.

They've scored 23 or more points in consecutive games for the first time since 2006.

The offense was 7 for 12 on third down behind Sam Bradford's fourth career 300-yard passing game and Danny Amendola's 15 catches.

The defense held the Redskins, who scored 40 points in their opener, to one touchdown after halftime.

"It's a great feeling," defensive end Chris Long said. "But that's why we put in all the hard work, to see the product of Sunday.

"It just makes us more hungry to come out and prepare for next week."

Cornerback Cortland Finnegan played for Fisher in Tennessee and was the Rams' biggest free agent pickup in the offseason. Fisher loves Finnegan's feisty nature and counted on him leading by example.

The numerous scrums against the Redskins, well, a lot of that is coming from Finnegan channeling Fisher.

"We're going to credit 'Cort' with an awful lot from an attitude standpoint," Fisher said. "But these guys, they all had it deep down inside of them.

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