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    Gorden: Rams change must come from top down

    BY JEFF GORDON STLtoday.com |
    Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner became tired of losing. He grew weary of fan complaints. He was concerned about future business as his team piled dispiriting loss on top of dispiriting loss.

    So he hired Mike Holmgren to become his Czar of Football, evaluate the state of his franchise and make the necessary changes. While it’s too soon to grade Holmgren’s overhaul – the Browns are just 3-3 this season under first–year head coach Pat Shurmur – Lerner clearly had the right idea.

    Players are largely interchangeable. Coaching staffs remain fluid. Successful NFL teams have strong top-down direction.

    "What we have now is leadership and what leadership means in this particular case is that there is one guy who sits in (the front office) who is responsible for the Cleveland Browns," Lerner told The Associated Press last October, a year after hiring Holmgren. "What that means is . . . I am dealing with one person, and being able to deal with one person makes it that we can dig in completely and effectively, as compared to previous setups we had here."

    Rams owner Stan Kroenke should learn from Lerner and install strong football leadership atop the Rams franchise. He should hire a stronger overseer, somebody he can trust fully, somebody capable of bringing a commanding presence to Rams Park and the greater St. Louis community.

    Kroenke is a busy man. His business interests make him a world traveler. His sports empires extend from Denver to London. He must depend on strong managers to keep his various enterprises running at peak efficiency.

    The Rams are running at less than peak efficiency these days, as you might have noticed.

    They are 0-6 this season. Most of the losses have been ugly. Their next opponent, the Saints, just put 62 points on Indianapolis.

    Their next home game may feature thousands of visitors from New Orleans cheering on their team at the Edward Jones Dome.

    The Rams have regressed significantly from last season’s 7-9 finish, despite spending considerable money on free-agent reinforcements. Kroenke gave the green light for big summertime spending.

    And yet this team more resembles the awful 2009 squad, which finished 1-15 under Steve Spagnuolo during his first season as head coach. This feckless play, combined with a ticket price increase, is eroding an already damaged fan base.

    Barring a turnaround for the ages during their last 10 games, the Rams will force Kroenke to take action. The right call would be to select a football CEO with the vision to chart the future course and the wherewithal to see it through.

    Stan saw a lot during his days as a minority owner. Georgia Frontiere was a true eccentric, a woman with a big heart but intermittent focus. Former Rams president John Shaw was brilliant but odd, preferring to run the team from his old West Coast base while all heck broke loose at Rams Park.

    Jay Zygmunt was a great numbers guy who fancied himself a football guy. Mike Martz was a tactical genius who believed he could become another Holmgren and run the whole football show. He couldn’t.

    Poor Scott Linehan was in so far over his head as head coach that he lost sight of the sky by Year 2 of his head coaching regime.

    The current leaders, Kevin Demoff, Billy Devaney and Spagnuolo, are all bright guys with varying degrees of previous success in lesser roles. They are stand-up men. They don’t make excuses or hide from their critics. They are trying to do the right things.

    Maybe they could all succeed if they worked for a strong leader capable of creating a new organizational culture. Or maybe each fills a role they can’t quite handle.

    A strong new leader could make that assessment, just as John Davidson made critical assessments as the hockey CEO with the Blues. Step by step, he turned the NHL’s worst team into a playoff contender with a bright future and solid resale value.

    That franchise felt its fair share of adversity in recent years, but Davidson remained unwavering with his rebuilding approach. The resulting turnaround was impressive.

    The Rams have some talent, despite their woeful record. Their football staff hasn’t given up. Devaney, Spagnuolo and their minions remain determined to turn things around.

    Sadly, it’s just not happening. The Rams are staggering in the other direction instead.

    When adversity hit the team, the group wasn’t strong enough to respond. Now the team’s collective frustration is palpable.

    How bad will it get Sunday if the Saints get into high offensive gear?

    Fans demand scapegoats, which is understandable. They have seen a lot of bad football since the Greatest Show On Turf broke up. They want mass firings. They want heads on platters.

    But they’ve seen firings before and things didn’t change. The franchise needs solutions instead.

    Since nobody currently employed by the franchise seems to have them, it’s time for Kroenke to go outside the organization and seek new direction.

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    Re: Gorden: Rams change must come from top down

    I like the idea. Im not sure if it would work, but I like it.

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    Re: Gorden: Rams change must come from top down

    Hire a real head coach not another coordinator.

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    Re: Gorden: Rams change must come from top down

    I hate it when OPPOSING fans fill up the dome, so disappointing....you don't see that in Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Dallas or even SF....... yeah, I know, alot of that has to do with winning.....still disappointing to see colors of a different team fill up the dome, really ticks me off.

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    Re: Gorden: Rams change must come from top down

    even when those teams ARE NOT doing well (i.e. Dallas, Pit, SF, etc), you still dont see opposing fans take over.

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    Re: Gorden: Rams change must come from top down

    Come on Stan, show your face....let Ram fans know that things must change. Give us some hope, even if you are staying the course. Where the @%^& are you?

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