Loss Sparks Emotion in the Rams Locker Room

1 decade 8 months 4 days ago January 26, 2006 Jan 26, 2006 Thursday, January 26 2006 Thursday, January 26, 2006 10:17:01 PM CST in Sports

Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Washington Redskins was more than just a setback for the St. Louis Rams.

Rams Interim Head Coach Joe Vitt said, "You're paid to play, and you're paid to make plays, and if you don't do that then move over because the next guys got to go in."

It ignited a fire of emotion and disappointment for a team struggling to stay afloat in the NFC.

"Its just such a bad feeling because you feel like you disappointed your teammates and let them down a little bit. You know, and that's not a great feeling," commented Rams quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

"There aren't any excuses. Well I didn't play good because we got a rookie quarterback. Or i didn't play good because we have a rookie secondary. Or I didn't play good because we have an interim head coach. That doesn't matter," said Vitt.

Sunday's loss drops the Rams to 5-7 on the season making it almost impossible for them to make the playoffs. Offensive lineman Adam Timmerman said his team will now be tested on the practice field and in the locker room more than they'll be tested during game time.

"Its going to be a test of character and pride. Pride in this team, you know, and pride in this season to finish off and see who is going to keep playing and playing hard and you know, who is going to hang it up," Timmerman stated.

The Rams have only four games left this season and if they still want a wild card spot, they'll have to leapfrog five teams. The Rams may still have a shot mathematically, but based on what the team has said they're more focused on searching within their team to find out who really wants to wear the blue and gold. The Rams visit the Minnesota Vikings Sunday before returning home the following week to host the Eagles.

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