(KSDK Sports) -- The Rams' second pre-season game did not do much to quell concerns that the team would have difficult time building off the successes earned last season.
Aaron Rodgers got the Green Bay Packers on the scoreboard for the first time in the preseason, but settled for six points after three productive drives in a 19-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night.
Sam Bradford appeared efficient in 8 for 12 for 156 yards, but in the NFL, it' about scoring and Bradford had nothing to show for four possessions. His highlight throw was a 57-yarder that hit Chris Givens in stride to the Packers 4, but Bradford fumbled away the snap on 4th-and-goal from the 1 late in the first quarter.
Clearly, there is work still to be done before the opener on September 8th. After the game, Coach Fisher met with the press and said the following:
On the team's performance
"Yeah, we would have like to have seen touchdowns, but we gave them an opportunity. The fourth down thing was just one of those things that just happens. You've got to learn from it. (QB) Sam (Bradford) lost the ball. Basically what we looked for going into this ballgame was improving over last week. Right now I don't feel like we saw that, but you look at the tape and hope you can find some things. Now the good things that happened, of course, were the big plays. We made big plays, another play to (WR) Chris (Givens). As you said, 'Cookie's' (Jared Cook) play and got the ball in Tavon's hands. Defensively, we were a little caught off guard. We didn't anticipate the fast tempo offense like that. I thought we, other than the missed tackling, the fact that we kept (Packers QB) Aaron (Rodgers) out of the end zone is something to be said, considering we didn't really gameplan them. So, once we made the substitutions, then obviously we had some difficulties, especially on offense up front with protection things. You know, I look at things from this standpoint: last weekend the punt cover team gives up the punt return for a touchdown, this weekend they improved significantly - recover a muff and also down a ball inside the one. Some of the younger guys on special teams here are certainly improving and I think that's a positive thing to take away from it."
On if he saw what happened on QB Sam Bradford's fumble
"The ball came loose. The ball popped out. I haven't talked to Sam about it, but it popped out. So we'll get that fixed."
On missing tackles
"We had one-on-one situations and you need to finish the play. So we'll look at it. Those things get corrected. I thought overall last year we were a good tackling defense and we've got to do better than we did today."
On the illegal formation penalties
"There's an emphasis on it this preseason and it's good that it came up. We'll get it resolved. The players were frustrated at the process. Normally if the tackle starts to get back a little bit, he's warned and then the next series they usually, if you don't adjust, then they'll penalize it. But those things, we can get those fixed. Now you'd like to see a little bit of consistency from crew to crew, but this crew is going to go right down the line with calling them."
On RB Isaiah Pead starting
"We wanted to give Isaiah an opportunity to run behind the starting line and against a good defense. We have a good feel for what (RB) Daryl (Richardson) can do, obviously. Isaiah got tired, came in and Daryl makes a big play down the sideline. So Daryl's in good shape as far as camp goes right now, but again, it's hard to get enough reps to get all the 'backs involved, especially the way this game went. So we're going to have to continue to do our best to evaluate them."
On if he planned to have S Rodney McLeod enter the game early
"No. We were just precautionary with 'Stew' (S Darian Stewart). His hamstring was getting tight and we really didn't want to take a chance. So as far as the training room is concerned, it's empty. So that's a good thing and the guys that did not play tonight because of injuries are healing up. So from that standpoint we're in good shape."
On leaving LB Alec Ogletree in longer than the other starters
"Yeah he needs more reps, that was exactly why. He just needed more playing opportunity."
On if Green Bay's decision to frequently play three wide receivers affected LB Will Witherspoon's involvement in the defense
"No. We were in the sub-defense, but with Will's experience, he knows the defense and he'll be fine if he ends up having to play a lot of base."
QB Sam Bradford
On how he thought they played tonight
"I think there were a lot of good things about tonight. I think we were able to generate some explosive plays, which is always nice to see. That's an area we've struggled with the past couple years. I don't know what it was tonight, but I think we had three explosive plays in the first 20 plays of the game, which I think that's great. I think everyone saw obviously there's a lot of things we need to get cleaned up. We're a long way from where we need to be by the time week one gets here. We've still got a couple weeks. We'll look at the tape on Monday, figure out exactly what needs to be corrected, but I think everyone in this locker room knows that we've still got a lot to prove."
On if Tavon Austin's high involvement in the game tonight was a priority of the team
"No, it really wasn't. He got featured. We threw the ball his way a couple times. Obviously last week, when he didn't have a catch, it was nice to get him a few balls tonight. Like I said last week, I think he and Cook both are going to be very, very involved in our offense, so I wasn't worried at all about last week at all, but it's nice to see those tow both come out and make some plays tonight."
On if Cook's pass and run was a sample of what's to come
"I think so. In my four years here, I don't think I've ever seen a shallow reverse zone get out the back door for 30, 40 yards, whatever it was. I think that just shows the type of athlete he is, the type of speed he has, and his ability to create after the ball hits his hands, so I hope that's just a small sample of what we'll see the rest of the season, and I'm excited to see him do it."
On what happened on the fourth-and-one play when the ball popped out of his hands
"Yeah, I just didn't secure the snap. It's on me. I've got to make sure I get the ball first before I get out of there, and secure it. Obviously that's unacceptable. We can't have that happen. That's really what costs us games. When we get down there, we need to score."
On how it feels for the players to go for it on fourth downs
"You talk to us at any time throughout the year and we'd much rather be out there on the fourth down than trying to kick a field goal, so the fact that Coach has the confidence in us and just gives us the opportunity to put the ball in the endzone one more time. I think that's great."
On how he feels about tonight's passing game
"I think we killed ourselves with penalties. We were in third and 18, third and 15, and it seemed like third and forever a lot of the night. Obviously I'd have loved to pass to Tavon. That should have been a walk-in touchdown. Hopefully that's the last one we miss like that."
On the pass mentioned above
"It was just a bad throw to be honest. I missed it. Like I said, I think it was really good to see us create some explosive plays in the pass gait tonight. If we can eliminate some of the penalties, keep ourselves in third-and-manageable, I think we'll be alright."
On the difficulty of differentiating between preseason and regular season games
"Every time you step on the field, you step on the field to win, but at the same time, you have to take a step back. We know that we're not going to be perfect. We're running our basic stuff. You'd love to score points in football, but I think there's a lot of other things you look at during the preseason."