St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher taunted the tottering Washington Redskins about the trade that ultimately netted the Rams six players and the Redskins Robert Griffin III, sending those same six players to midfield for the coin toss before Sunday’s game between the two teams. Fisher sent Stedman Bailey, Michael Brocker, Janoris Jenkins, Alec Ogletree, Greg Robinson, and Zac Stacy to midfield.
The Rams traded the rights to the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft to Washington for three first-round picks and one second-round pick. The Rams wound up with eight players from those picks, six of whom still play for the team. Fischer remains close to Mike Shanahan, the former Redskins coach who argued against making the aforementioned trade. Redskins owner Dan Snyder fired Shanahan after last season.
Griffin had achieved stardom in Washington before injuries sidelined him. He was benched in favor of Colt McCoy late this season. In Sunday’s 24-0 shellacking of the Redskins, RG3 only played after the Rams led 24-0, and completed three of four passes. Meanwhile, Bailey caught two passes, Ogletree had seven tackles, and Jenkins made three.
According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the six players had no idea that Fisher planned to taunt the Redskins. Bailey said, “I didn’t know that was the statement that was made. Now that you’re telling me, that makes a lot of sense. I’m glad Coach Fisher did that … We just kinda looked at each other like, ‘OK, maybe these are the guys that have been playing good lately.’ We weren’t really sure.”
This wasn’t the first time Fisher sent players to midfield who had previous connections, if quite indirect in this case, to the opposing team. Last year against Tennesee, he sent Cortland Finnegan, Jared Cook, and Willam Hayes, all of whom had played for the Titans, out for the coin toss.