September 20, 2009; Landover, MD, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (72) stretches before the start of the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE
(Rams Tailgate Show) -- Defensive end Chris Long likes what he's seeing from the entire team. Long said, "I think we're just resilient. We have the personality of our head coach: resilient, confident. The great thing about having these young guys in here, a lot of turnover, is a lot of people weren't here when things were just going wrong. Last year, things would go wrong and they'd keep going wrong. We found a way to do it today."
The in-over-their-heads officiating crew had no control of the game, and often seemed oblivious to numerous post-play skirmishes.
Said linebacker James Laurinaitis, "It's two very competitive football teams, and when trash talk starts early and it just keeps going and going and escalating and escalating, it's going to get like that. I'm sure they thought they had a lot of the momentum after the first play and usually teams, when that happens, they want to go in for the finisher early. As a defense we knew we had to go out there and if we just held on, we knew this offense was going to move the ball, and they did.
"Coach Fisher said beforehand we needed all three phases, and it turned out we did need all three phases. Today all three phases made plays. It was a good team win."