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    Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    By Bryan Burwell
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    12/21/2007
    Bryan Burwell


    So now on top of everything else that has made this the ultimate season from hell, we have this shocking indignity. The always reserved, completely laid back, 24-7 politically correct superstar wide receiver is caught on camera in a very public, nationally televised, expletive-filled, up-close-and-personal tirade against the embattled head coach that might even make Terrell Owens blush.

    Torry Holt never lets you see him sweat. Holt never lets you inside his closely guarded emotional shell. He never drops his guard when the cameras are rolling or quietly whispers his displeasure in strategic off-the-record asides when the lights are dimmed. But on Thursday night with the Rams in the final

    moments of a 41-24 flameout against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, Holt blew his top and lost his cool , and the NFL Network cameras caught him unleashing a vulgar tirade against Scott Linehan.

    "It's not a big deal to me," Linehan said.



    Linehan has to be the only one who doesn't see it that way. Even when viewed as an isolated incident, the sight of the seven-time Pro Bowl future Hall of Fame receiver publicly going off on his coach is a serious cause for alarm, because Holt is not a showy, T.O. kind of guy. He's full of Southern manners and Midwestern respect for authority.



    For Holt to go off on an obscenity-laced rant on Linehan after a failed fourth-and-10 play resulted in a 51-yard interception return for Pittsburgh's final score must be considered one of the surest barometers that this two-year-old experiment with Linehan as an NFL head coach deserves a failing grade.

    Yet when taken in the context of this being the third Rams superstar this season to be caught on live television railing against Linehan during a game must be seen as a very loud, very urgent, very serious Code Red alert on his tenuous job security.

    This must be the surest sign of all that de facto team owner John Shaw needs to seriously rethink that vote of confidence he issued two weeks ago.

    First it was the Steven Jackson tantrum. Then it was the Marc Bulger eye roll. Now it's Holt's X-rated rebuke. What does it say about Linehan's ability to lead this team out of the wilderness when three of his four biggest superstars (Isaac Bruce not included) have shown a complete disregard for his authority as the head coach in such a public manner?

    Amazing. Disturbing. Alarming.

    "And that's only the third that's been caught on camera," cracked one locker-room wise guy.

    This is why midseason votes of confidence are so worthless, and why Shaw's public show of faith in his coach gets trumped by the three public lack of confidence votes by Holt, Bulger and Jackson.

    This is now officially a disaster, as if it wasn't already.

    Long before that fourth-quarter rebuke by Holt against Linehan, it was another night of cold, hard marketing research inside the Edward Jones Dome, another night when the football-buying public in St. Louis was trying to send a message to Rams management that it has rebuked the franchise's product.

    Last Sunday afternoon, fans spoke loudly by selling their tickets to 30,000 Green Bay Packers fans who traveled from Wisconsin's frozen tundra to witness Brett Favre set an NFL record. And now here they were again Thursday night sending another unavoidable message, this one in the form of a stadium full of Pittsburgh Steelers fans waving bright, yellow Terrible Towels from the lower bowl of the building to the dome's upper reaches.

    The biggest noise and the best real emotion the scattered Rams fans showed was when Shaw and his right-hand man, Jay Zygmunt, were introduced during Marshall Faulk's halftime retirement ceremony and were roundly booed.

    Shaw stubbornly maintains the organization will stay on this same rocky course no matter what. But there are signs (actually very teeny tiny ones) that Shaw might be finally getting the message. Privately, he is starting to ask the right questions, and inching toward the right conclusion, which is that the way the Rams do business is not working.

    This, of course, is a lot like listening to the man who begrudgingly admits he's just a tad bit warm after someone points out that his pants have been on fire for more than an hour.


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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    Jax generally shows himself to be of the Marshall mold, but I can see him blowing up. That's fine, I like that in a back, and even Marshall did his bit of trash talk in the game. Bulger doing the eyeroll is just plain funny, especially when it's incorporated here. This, however is the last straw. When you get Torry Holt to blow his top at you while the cameras are on you, the team is done. Rams'll always be number one, but I'll happily find another team that believes in its coach for a year if Linehan stays.

    Mike Martz for HCICONBPC(head coach in charge of nothing but play calling)!

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    "And that's only the third that's been caught on camera," cracked one locker-room wise guy.


    That was a great quote. I bet for every one we have seen, 10 more are happening.


    Linehan has lost this team. The players can say what they want to reporters, they don't tell the truth anyway. It's their actions on the field that counts and when Holt blows up at you.......that is the gold standard for losing a team.

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    You guys need to chill a bit. It gets emotional on the field. You're down, you throw a pick for a TD and your head coach is standing there laughing and joking with the QB. Obviously he's mad.

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    Quote Originally Posted by Milan View Post
    You guys need to chill a bit. It gets emotional on the field. You're down, you throw a pick for a TD and your head coach is standing there laughing and joking with the QB. Obviously he's mad.
    If it was one outburst by one player in one year, then I could see your point. However, this is the third time this year a player has blasted Linehan. That's a trend.

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    anyone have a link to the video of this?

    I was in attendence and did not record the game.

    The crowd booing for Shaw and Zygmunt was pretty awesome. Costas could have let it go and ignored it, but he acknowledged the boos and said, "okay okay come on."

    sweet.

    ps. nice job of ripping bernie everyone.

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    I thought if Linehan came back next year at least the players are supportive of him. But if other players are having similar altercations with him then Shaw will have stand up and take notice.

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    When players talk to the press, it's all lip service. Unless you are Terrell Owens, NO PLAYER tells the press the truth. That's professional suicide.

    How the players act on the field is how you judge if the players are buying off on Linehan's coaching style and right now, he's lost this team as far as I'm concerned.

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    didn't claude terrell have a public disagreement with linehan?

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    I would absolutely love it if someone could find a picture of Holt yelling at Linny (I was going to type coach, but he aint one!) and post it in the gallery. I want to use it as my wall paper....
    Last edited by MoonJoe; -12-21-2007 at 01:08 PM.

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    Marshall called the game he made it clear the Linehan is not the guy.

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    YouTube didn't have anything

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    You can see the video though, on nfl.com if you play the game highlights and fast forward to around 2:23

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    Thanks 39!

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    Re: Holt's tirade against Linehan is cause for great concern

    Just as sure as this type of article was to surface the day after -- and will certainly continue -- so it seems that Coach Linehan has lost a good deal of player support. I'm a staunch SL supporter BTW ... but not ready for any 'sloppy' affiliation. :-)

    IF Coach SL is still HC next year, the Rams will have to start winning the first 3 of 4 games, I suppose, to fully embrace him as their leader.

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