(FootballSTL) -- Barely over 24 hours after getting off the plane at Heathrow, the Rams took the field Wednesday at Arsenal’s training complex for their first official practice.
To be totally honest, if you take away the fact that I knew we were here in London, you would have thought the Rams were simply practicing at Rams Park in Earth City.
Special teams were working on staying in their lanes during punt coverage. Offensive linemen were working on their blocking techniques with their fellow teammates. It’s the same stuff.
This is a business trip. Nothing more, nothing less. Yes, they’re in London and an entire country that normally doesn’t get to see this sport will be paying attention. Yes, it’ll be a pretty large spectacle by the NFL’s standards of a regular season game.
But that doesn’t change the mission. It’s simply one of the 16 games the Rams are scheduled to play during the season that helps cultivate how they do. That’s it.
You won’t see these guys doing much sightseeing here. You won’t see them hitting up the city any more than they would if they were in Seattle or New York. The NFL is sending the Rams to play a game in London in the same way they’d be sending them to Tampa or Jacksonville.
It’s a regular season game.
Defensive tackle Michael Brockers said it was as if they were in Earth City with the way they were having their meetings and going through workouts and preparations.
Jeff Fisher said there was no need to even say anything, though Sam Bradford said he did, because “they know why we’re here."
The players are going to see the Tower of London later on in the week, but from a tourism perspective, that’s all she wrote. They might get to go into the city briefly at some point, but there’s no time to see any more of the cool spots here.
The Rams are playing statistically, and by their own opinion, the best offense in the entire league. This comes seven days after facing Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and the prolific Green Bay offense. And we all saw what the Packers did to the Rams defense. 402 yards of offense. 9-15 on 3rd down conversions.
So every minute spent out enjoying the sights in London really could be spent preparing for Tom Brady and the Patriots.