Vaughn: Hill in, Davis out for Rams ahead of Broncos game
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ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 7: Shaun Hill #14 of the St. Louis Rams looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings at the Edward Jones Dome on September 7, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (FootballStL) -- After watching video of the Rams game against San Francisco, Head Coach Jeff Fisher decided to make a change at quarterback. Austin Davis goes back to the bench, Shaun Hill regains the starting position he lost after a calf injury in the first half of the season opener.
In nine games Davis threw 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Four of those picks were returned for touchdowns. He also lost two fumbles that were returned for td’s.
“We looked at things Monday night, “said Fisher. “I had lengthy discussions with the offensive staff, and we just felt like the best thing to do at this point was lean on the experience of the veteran quarterback.”
Fisher told Davis about the change when he ran into him in the quarterback’s room watching video of the Denver Broncos.
“It’s not about me, it’s about the team,” said Davis. “I respect Coach Fisher’s decision. I’m obviously disappointed. I’d love to play through it, but that’s not the way this league works. Wish we could have won a few more games, but we didn’t”.
Hill gets a second chance after being named the starter after Sam Bradford re-injured his knee in the preseason. Hill has been restored as the starter just in time to play against Denver, with one of the best defenses in the NFL.
“Surprised?” asked Hill, when questioned if he saw the change coming. “Not a lot surprises me in this league anymore. Austin was doing a great job, but I understand why they did it.”
With a 3-6 record it may be too late to salvage the season, but Fisher’s hoping this move might at least help the Rams avoid a total meltdown in their final seven games.