The Rams tried a fake punt late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Bills. It did not go well.
The Bills stopped Bradley Marquez 3 yards short of the first-down marker and took over on the 25-yard line. They scored three plays later to stretch their lead to 30-19 and went on to win by that score.
If the Bills appeared to be ready for the fake, that's because they were.
In fact, they were hoping for it.
“It was amazing,” coach Rex Ryan said Monday. "(Special teams coordinator Danny) Crossman had us all ready. There was no question about it. We were actually wanting them to fake the whole day because we thought we were prepared for it.
“We knew we had to be sound, and we were going to need an extra hat regardless of where the play came from. That’s why you saw our guy (Ronald Darby) come off the coverage and then play the run. Tremendous job of coaching first off by Crossman. It was funny because our guys on the sideline were like, ‘Play the fake!’ They put a different adjective in there I think as well. But it was like, no way were we giving it up.”
Meanwhile, Rams coach Jeff Fisher told L.A. reporters Monday he would run it again.
Jeff Fisher, on his fake-punt choice yesterday: pic.twitter.com/s8Q9Zu75g2
— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) October 11, 2016
Ryan spent several minutes Monday praising linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who leads the NFL with seven sacks. Then he added this:
“Whether you rush him from an inside spot, an outside spot, wherever, he continues to do a great job. He drops (into coverage). I don’t recall him ever b----ing about dropping. He’s just doing a great job.”
That seemed to be a clear shot at ex-Bills defensive end Mario Williams, who often complained last year about being asked to cover in addition to rushing.
Since Ryan brought it up, Alexander’s seven sacks through five games are already more than Williams had all last season (5) and this season with Miami (1) combined.