10.26.2009 6:03 pm
Like Peyton, Spagnuolo sought advice from Eli Manning, too
By Bill Coats
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo is not above some stealth work to try to gain an edge. As his team prepared for Sunday’s game against the Colts, Spagnuolo said he “caught wind” of QB Peyton Manning seeking advice from younger brother Eli — the Giants’ QB — on how to attack Spagnuolo’s defense. Spagnuolo was the Giants’ defensive coordinator for two seasons before the Rams hired him this year.

Turnabout, Spagnuolo decided, is fair play.

“I left a message for (Chris Palmer, the Giants QB coach): ‘Tell Eli it’s only fair I should get a couple of pointers on Peyton,’” Spagnuolo said Monday. “But I never got a phone call. Eli must’ve had a few things on his mind.”

Helping Spagnuolo beat his brother probably wasn’t one of them, though.

Notes & quotes:

*Peyton Manning has played in 35 stadiums, and before Sunday the Edward Jones Dome was one of just two in which he hadn’t produced a victory. After Indy’s 42-6 spanking of the Rams, the only one left now is Qwest Field in Seattle.

*CB Bradley Fletcher and LS Chris Massey suffered season-ending knee injuries Sunday.

*G Richie Incognito (foot) will be out at least a week. The other injuries are considered minor: DL C.J. Ah You (ankle), DE Leonard Little (neck) and WR Donnie Avery (shoulder).

*CB Justin King and DE James Hall, both out Sunday with groin injuries, are expected back this week.

*Spagnuolo said he hadn’t considered using rookie QB Keith Null in mop-up duty but didn’t rule out getting him some work down the road.

*Spagnuolo noted that the Rams had a chance to make it a one-score game as late as the third quarter. “The way I look at it, we were in the thing in the third quarter at 21-6. If you make one play and it’s 21-13, the pressure kind of converts over to the other sideline,” he said. “So to me, we were that close. It got away at the end, and the result wasn’t great.”

*The Rams threw three times to RBs Steven Jackson and Kenneth Darby (one catch for -1 yards) and five times to TEs Randy McMichael and Daniel Fells (three catches for 16 yards). Asked if that was enough pass attempts for those positions, Spagnuolo became a bit defensive. “It depends on how many times you’re throwing it,” he said. “If you throw the ball 50 times, those numbers are probably too low. If you throw the ball 20 times . . . I’m not into numbers. You get the ball to the open guy. Maybe they were taken away.”

All for now…