Aug 23, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Rams had a short practice Friday morning as Head Coach Jim McElwain wanted to simulate a walk-thru much like the Rams will participate in prior to Saturday games.
During the season, Friday’s will serve as a time for some ‘affirmation and focus.’
“Today was obviously our last two-a-days. So this morning we went ahead and we went through, what we call, affirmation and focus Friday,” McElwain said. “Guys go through a bunch of different situations both offensively and defensively.”
The second-year coach, who is preparing his team for Saturday’s scrimmage, saw a lot of good things out of his team Friday morning.
“Based on what I saw out there from a focus standpoint and an affirmation standpoint, with all the different calls that needed to be made, this team has come a long ways,” McElwain said. “I was really happy with the focus and that is a part of the battle.”
The Rams will head out to the stadium for a full-padded practice Friday night as they will begin to prepare for special circumstances that opponents will present throughout the season.
Fall Camp Notebook:
Countdown to Kickoff: The Mountain West Network began their ‘Countdown to Kickoff’ series and released this week is the episode featuring Colorado State. Fans can check out the video here.
Bag Policy: This season the NFL has adopted a new policy which restricts types of bags that fans can carry into a stadium. This same policy will be enforced during the Sept. 1 Rocky Mountain Showdown.
The new policy only allows fans to carry in bags that are 12 inches tall and six inches wide. Additionally, the bags must be clear. For more information, click here.
Familiar Face: Former defensive line coach Scott Brown, who is now with the San Francisco 49ers as a scout, was at practice on Friday morning.
Saturday’s scrimmage: The Rams final scrimmage of fall camp will be held on Saturday and McElwain says there are still position battles ongoing.
“There’s actually position battle,” McElwain said. “We’ll actually work against each other in predetermined situations that we’d have to create. There are definitely position battles at a lot of spots. Guys who are fighting to get on the bus as a special teams guy. So how important is it to you?”
(on progression of special teams unit)
“Our team speed is better. You could see that lacking a year ago in a lot of those cases. I’ll be interested to see with that influx. With that, there will be a lot of new faces out there; first time they’ve been in a college game. I’ve got to remember it’s baby steps, yet we prepare them as much as we can. We put them in stressful situations, chaotic practices and try to simulate as good as you can a game.”
(on Hayden Hunt)
“Our ‘punt guy’ (Hayden Hunt) has done a really good job of understanding field position. It is OK to kick a 30-yarder if we can pin them inside the ten. It isn’t about trying to kick it out of the end zone. It’s about creating field position for your defense.”
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