Rams set new season low for offensive futility in first half vs. Patriots

Shalise Manza Young
·Yahoo Sports Columnist

Thank goodness the Los Angeles Rams gave head coach Jeff Fisher a contract extension. I mean, you can’t get coaching like this just anywhere:

Yes, the Rams are starting a rookie quarterback in Jared Goff. Yes, the Rams are on the road against the New England Patriots. But 25 yards?!?

Not a great start: The Rams struggled to gain yards in the first half against New England. (AP)
Not a great start: The Rams struggled to gain yards in the first half against New England. (AP)

Los Angeles’ first-half possessions looked like this: three-and-out, punt; three-and-out, punt; first down, interception; three-and-out, punt; three-and-out, punt; kneel-down for halftime.

Yeesh.

During a Tuesday conference call, Patriots coach Bill Belichick twice mentioned Rams punter Johnny Hekker without provocation, talking about his explosiveness. Hekker was about the only Los Angeles player doing his job well in the opening two quarters.

Not surprisingly, Los Angeles was losing 17-0 at halftime.