ST. LOUIS — Rob Boras met with the media for the first time as the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator following Wednesday’s practice.
“This week seems about a month,” Boras said. “It’s been two days. My wife’s still waiting for me to call, but we’re excited. We’re all excited. I think the guys, the staff, everybody’s committed. We’re all moving forward. It’s been good.”
Asked if he texts his wife instead, Boras said he just uses emojis.
“So you don’t even have to type a whole word,” he said. “I can just type a heart.”
Boras has been coaching the Rams’ tight ends under Jeff Fisher for a few seasons now and was promoted to assistant head coach/offense this offseason, after then-quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti was promoted to offensive coordinator.
On Monday, Fisher fired Cignetti and handed the keys of the offense over to Boras, who hadn’t been an offensive coordinator since guiding UNLV's offense, under John Robinson, from 1999-2003.
Boras said Wednesday that he will have help from others in coming up with the offensive game plan, but it will be an adjustment being the one to call the plans on Sundays.
“I’d be lying if I said no,” Boras said. “Yeah, I mean, there’s going to be an adjustment. That’s part of the process. It’s not going to be perfect. Football isn’t perfect. I’m not going to be perfect. Plays aren’t perfect. That’s why you trust your players to move forward and that’s what we’re going to do.”
The Rams (4-8), who have lost five straight games, host the Detroit Lions (4-8) this Sunday. With only four games remaining in the regular season, it’s not likely much can really change with the offense.
“Obviously, it’s a different philosophy,” Boras said. “We have different thoughts, but at the end of the day, we’re pretty far down the road right now. There’s not going to be a whole lot that’s going to change.”
That doesn’t mean the offense can’t be better than it has been.
“Finding out when we did, it’s hard to change a whole lot,” Boras said. “You hope to become more efficient. We’ve got to try to put guys in the best position they can to make plays, but it can’t be a huge change. Guys can’t handle that right now. We’re too far entrenched with our system to think there’s going to be wholesale changes.”
Fisher said Wednesday that Boras did great in his first practice with his new responsibilities.
“He’s sleep deprived, as you would expect and most of the offensive staff is and some of the defensive staff,” Fisher said. “He did a nice job today. We had a good practice. Players are excited. We’re moving forward.”
Fisher said the big challenge for Boras won’t be the play-calling responsibilities. It will be doing the game plan during the week.
“Getting the plays called and getting them in, no, he’s not going to have any difficulty with that,” Fisher said. “No concerns about that. So, we have a really enthusiastic quarterback right now that knows this offense and wants to go out and make plays and is looking forward to his opportunity. We have to run the football. We have a huge challenge. This is a good defense. I’m familiar with this system. They’re good. They rush. They penetrate and they’re playing well.”