Jeff Fisher says Rams need to be smarter after Todd Gurley jumps into scuffle

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Rams coach Jeff Fisher likes the competitiveness of second-year running back Todd Gurley, but asks that he tones it down in practice.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher likes the competitiveness of second-year running back Todd Gurley, but asks that he tones it down in practice.

Los Angles Rams coach Jeff Fisher likes the competitiveness of second-year running back Todd Gurley, but asks that he tone it down in practice.

Gurley, who is less than two years removed from a torn ACL that ended his college career, jumped into the middle of a scuffle during Wednesday's practice at UC Irvine. 

“It was his choice. We all need to be smarter than that," Fisher told reporters Wednesday. "But, that was his choice. It shows you what kind of competitor he is."

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Fisher has been shown during this season of HBO's "Hard Knocks" saying the team needs to protect Gurley like he's "a friggin quarterback." 

"Gurley doesn't need to f—ing be hit in the 9-on-7 [drill], OK?" Fisher said during the show. "I don't want '30' tackled. We need '30.'"

After Wednesday's fight that started with running back Benny Cunningham and linebacker Alec Ogletree going after each other before others jumped in, Fisher forced the team to take a break.

"They got a little testy so we gave them a timeout," Fisher said. "Go sit  in the corner, go to your room, take a little time out. So we cooled off and we got a lot done. You don’t like to see this happen. I’m not concerned about this carrying over to the games. It was a good learning experience for us, they’re competing."

Despite his knee injury, the Rams selected Gurley with the 10th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year after rushing for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games. 

Ogletree told reporters that "tempers flare" at times during practice and the competitiveness isn't necessarily bad. But it's not anything Fisher wants to see again.

"We talked about it. There’s no place for it," he said. "But, as I said it earlier, this was the last day we’re going to compete in pads against each other. Both sides had something to prove. We got them settled down."

The Rams resume their exhibition schedule Saturday against the Denver Broncos. 
 

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