Jeff Fisher knows what it takes to be successful in the NFL, which is evident by the fact that his St. Louis Rams have already won more games this season than all last year. At 3-3, Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers is very important for the Rams. That’s why Fisher is using an unusual tactic to help the offense’s preparation against the Packers’ best defensive weapon.
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been terrorizing opponents for the past three seasons. So much so that it’s led to three Pro Bowls and a Defensive Player of the Year Award. It’s tough to argue that anyone is better at his position right now, which is why Fisher wants the Rams to be as prepared as possible for Matthews. That’s why Fisher had practice squad players wear blonde wigs this week to help his team get used to where Matthews might be on the field at any given time.
Fisher had Rams linebacker Sammy Brown don the luscious locks while the offense ran plays on Wednesday, but it’s not the first time that Fisher has used the tactic to prepare for an elite opponent. As coach of the Tennessee Titans, he used black wigs to help get his team prepared for Troy Polamalu and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“That's a team-issued deal,” Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I've done that in the past, particularly with Troy Polamalu. When you're playing great players like Polamalu and Matthews, you like to know where they are on the field, and that helps.”
The tactic has been taken very seriously, but let’s face it, we’re sure the team has had some fun with it at the right times. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be the guy nicknamed “Thor”?
“I thought it was pretty cool,” defensive end Chris Long said. “Clay's [hair] are a little bit more flowy. But I almost thought it was Clay Matthews.”
The only problem was that the wig didn’t help Brown play like the 26-year-old, who is currently second in the league in sacks with eight. And it wasn’t very comfortable either, as Brown came to learn.
“I had to take it off,” Brown said. “That thing was burning my face.”
Sure, it seems a bit bizarre, but Fisher’s idea makes complete sense. Who can really argue with a guy that came within one foot of winning a Super Bowl – sorry Titan fans, we had to.
Whether or not it will help on Sunday remains to be determined; we will just have to wait and see.
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