(FootballStL) -- If last week's disappointing loss to the Lions was about not making the big play when it was needed at the end, this week's win over the Redskins would seem to represent lessons learned from that defeat.
"They'd make a play, then we'd answer it. They'd make a play and we'd answer it." Jeff Fisher said shortly after beating the Redskins for his first victory as Rams head coach. "We thought we were in a position not to put the defense back on the field there at the end but they made a good play. Daryl lost the handle and the defense went in there and got it done so it was a good effort. All three phases from the stand point of contributing to this win."
This was beyond big for the organization. Any time you win on a Sunday it's huge. I get that. But for a team that's coming off the worst five year stretch in the history of the NFL...any win is critical. Remember, they're trying to change a culture at Rams Park. A culture of losing. And any win is of the utmost importance.
Running back Steven Jackson - who many believed was being benched for a costly penalty in the first half - turned out to be suffering from a groin injury. And he watched rookie Daryl Richardson carry the load for the rushing attack. I think Jackson had some of the most telling comments after the game.
"I realized I don't have to do everything. And it's such a relief. This team is special. I'm enjoying it. I'm going home with a smile and I'm going to work just as hard to get back for Chicago."
Jackson also said that culture is slowly changing into what they are looking for.
"I mean it's a completely different swagger. It's just amazing. I know it's only the second week and we're 1-1 but it's just a whole different atmosphere. I can't thank Coach Fisher enough for what he's done and what he's doing."
There's such a long way to go here. I mean, championship caliber teams don't turn the ball over when attempting to run out the clock with a couple minutes left. Championship caliber teams don't fumble on the first play from scrimmage and allow it to be returned for a touchdown.
But while they did make some errors, they also made some exceptional plays to make up for those mistakes. The blocked punt, the Cortland Finnegan interception, etc.
Those are the kind of things that speak to the future of this organization. In years past, they wouldn't have been able to overcome those errors. They would have fallen flat and lost by three touchdowns. But this team seems different. This team has a sense of belief inside of it that genuinely thinks it can win.
Pretty nice change of pace, huh?
You can thank Jeff Fisher for that. Steven Jackson already has.