(FootballStL) -- After falling behind the Atlanta Falcons 24-3 on Sunday, the Rams made a fast and furious comeback thanks to a no huddle offense. Sam Bradford passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns, and seemed to find his rhythum as the clock slowly ticked away. The Rams still lost 31-24 to the Falcons high powered attack led by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.
Could the Rams have beaten the Falcons if they sped up the tempo, and turned on the no-huddle earlier in the game? Head Coach Jeff Fisher said that using the hurry-up was not in the plans against the Falcons. “There’s a difference between a no-huddle and a hurry-up,” said Fisher. “ Typical your hurry-up is the end of the half or the end of the game where you’re in a hurry to try to – it’s a two-minute offense. The no-huddle’s a little bit different as we perceive it. We went strictly to the hurry-up because we knew we weren’t going to have the possessions. In normal offense administration, we wouldn’t have the number of possessions to catch up.”
During the course of his Rams career, Bradford has thrived in a hurry-up type attack. In second half against the Falcons, Bradford heated up, and managed to connect with rookie receiver Tavon Austin.
Bradford targeted Austin 12 times in the game, but found him only twice in the first half for eight yards. However, Austin caught two touchdown passes of six and 10 yards in the second half.
“You look at Sam’s 300 plus yards passing games over his career, they’ve won two,” said Fisher. “ We have the ability to do it and there’s a time to do it and a time not to do it. If you put a long drive together, you’ve got the defense tired, and you go back on the field you want to continue to fatigue the defense through it.”
When asked whether the Rams should run a no-huddle offense more often in the future, Fisher had one simple answer. “No. We did it because we got behind. We have done it, obviously, early in the ball game. But, you do it early in the ball game against a guy like Matt Ryan and go three-and-out you’ve got problems. You’re putting him back on the field all the time.”
Ryan lit up the Rams defense for 374 yards on 33-43, and two touchdown passes with no interceptions.