Jeff Fisher accidentally reveals he has no idea who the Patriots' running backs are
The Rams coach is impressed with 'Danny' and 'Brandon,' whoever they may be
Earlier on Wednesday, we brought you a story on Bill Belichick's fondness for praising opposing players. That player was the Rams' punter, who Belichick called his Week 13 opponent's "tremendous weapon."
This is both the same and a different kind of story. It's the same because it involves a coach praising an upcoming opponent. It's different because the coach is Jeff Fisher and he doesn't really know what he's talking about.
To be specific, Fisher tried to praise the Patriots' running backs, but in the process he revealed that he actually doesn't know who plays running back for the Patriots.
"Well, they're all different," Fisher said Wednesday, per NESN. "I have a place in my heart for LeGarrette, because I gave him a start, and I have great respect for him. He's a big back and he's hard to get down. And as they rotate through, different guys play in different situations, and they do a good job with it. He knows where the ball's going to go, and the guys are very, very disciplined."
So far, so good. Fisher correctly identified LeGarrette Blount, the Patriots' workhorse. The following part is where he slipped up.
"I've been impressed with Brandon and what he's done out of the backfield," he said. "You've got to deal with him, in addition to Danny. You've got playmakers all around, so we have to play sound defense."
So, someone should probably tell Fisher that "Brandon" and "Danny" don't do anything in the Patriots' backfield.
For one, Brandon Bolden (I'm guessing that's who he's referring to) has garnered one carry this season. That carry came in the first game of the season.
Two, Danny Woodhead (that's my best guess for this mysterious "Danny" person) hasn't played for the Patriots since 2012. And if Fisher actually meant Danny Amendola, well, he just referenced a receiver when he was trying to talk about a running back.
Fisher probably meant to say James White and Dion Lewis, who have combined for nearly 600 yards from scrimmage this season. Since Lewis returned from injury, he's recorded 107 total yards in two games, while White has been a steady force all season long. As a whole, the Patriots average 115.8 rushing yards per game -- the seventh-highest average in the league.
In Fisher's defense, he probably doesn't really need to bother with names when watching film. He can just rely on jersey numbers.
Plus, he's probably been a bit too busy banning Eric Dickerson from his sideline.
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