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NFL Team Report - St. Louis Rams - INSIDE SLANT

While the St. Louis Rams took time off during their bye week, much of the discussion around the team centered on the lack of a pass rush after three games.

A team with 53 sacks last season has one after three games, and that came on a play where there was bad snap. Defensive end Robert Quinn, who had 19 sacks last season, has been shut out.

Last season, the Rams had at least one sack in every game, and Quinn had sacks in all but five games. Only once, in successive road games at San Francisco and Arizona during the first two weeks of December did he go two consecutive games without a sack. Quinn had five multiple-sack games with two sacks in two games and three in three. So, 13 of his 19 sacks came in five games.

During the bye week, Quinn said, "It's just that for whatever reason, it's not happening our way. At the end of the day, we've just got to keep pushing. And once we finally get that break, I'm sure the sacks are gonna come in a handful. So we're gonna just keep working our craft and go from there."

Quinn does have four pressures and six quarterback hits. Said head coach Jeff Fisher, "He's getting attention. People are aware of it. The ball's coming out, there's no question the ball's coming out. Check and see the pass attempts against us too as well. We might have the fewest in the league this year. The more pass attempts the more opportunities he's going to get to get on the passer."

Opponents have 69 pass attempts, which after three games was easily the lowest in the league. By contrast, the Bengals had 140 pass attempts against, the most in the NFL after three weeks.

Not only is it fewer opportunities when there are only 69 attempts, but the opposing offensive lines haven't often been in that throw-almost-every-down mode that can wear a unit down and lead to sacks.

Fisher also concedes that an inability to stop the run consistently has an effect.

He said, "We're getting pressure, we're just not getting there. It'll come. We've got the guys that can do it. Like I said, when teams know that you can rush, that's a concern of theirs, and they're going to run the football."


NFL Team Report - St. Louis Rams - NOTES, QUOTES

--Wide receiver Brian Quick has gotten off to an excellent start, and head coach Jeff Fisher was asked if he is surprised.

"Not surprised, no," Fisher said. "It was an expectation. What we're pleased with is what he did from the standpoint of carrying over what he did through OTAs and camp on the practice field, into the game. That was, for the lack of a better word, that was probably a shortcoming of his last year. But, it's behind him now. So, he's carrying those things over and it's translating into plays."

--Wide receiver Stedman Bailey returned two games early from a suspension, but participated in only 10 plays against Dallas in the game before the bye. Bailey also was on the field for 10 special teams plays. He had no targets in plays from scrimmage.

Fisher said, "It's how the game went, but it's his first week back. He'll be much more involved as we move forward."

--The Rams begin a stretch where they play eight games against seven playoff teams from 2013 (including San Francisco twice). The eighth game is against division rival Arizona, and the Cardinals were 10-6 last season and are currently one of only two undefeated teams in the NFL.

Asked during the bye week whether he looks at the overall schedule, Fisher said, "We have to focus on Philly, we really do. None of that matters. We have to focus on Philly. But yeah, when the schedule came out and you looked at it and you saw those consecutive weeks where there's six, seven, or eight against playoff teams and Arizona who was 10-6 last year. But, one of those teams that we play after Philly is 1-2 right now. So, things change and you can't dwell or spend too much time on the schedule. It really is a very simple process. It's pay attention to who you're playing next."