|Jeff Fisher Head Coach of the Rams|
Since arriving as Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher has made one of his goals to dominate in the NFC west. So how well has the team done in making that goal. Well the answer will be a short one. His first year it looked like the team would make that goal, but years afterwards, not so much.
In his first year as head coach in 2012, Fisher’s Rams finished 4-1-1 in the divisional games while going 3-7 in non divisional games. Their only loss was at the hands of the Seahawks in Seattle. not many teams had success there, and they tied the 49ers. In 2013, they went 1-5 while going 6-4 in non divisional games, but we must remember that they loss Bradford for about half a season after being injured in Carolina .
Finally during last season, 2014, they went 2-4 in their division versus 4-6 against non divisional opponents. Again they lost Bradford and the defense showed no life until later in the season. Their two divisional wins came against Seattle and San Francisco both games at home.
So far this year in their first five games, they have two divisional wins with three non divisional losses.
Why am I so concerned about the Rams’ divisional performance? Well, I have many reasons. The most important being its importance in tie breaking for playoff consideration. The more wins you have then tie breaking becomes a mute point.
But, I also have this concern that there might be too much emphasis being place on divisional games over non divisional games. I could be wrong, and I hope that I am wrong.
The only time time where I could be wrong would be the 2013 and 14 seasons when they posted better non divisional records then divisional records.