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    Rams GM Devaney noncommital on Haslett's future

    By GEORGE HENRY - Associated Press Writer

    ATLANTA --

    New general manager Billy Devaney respects how hard the St. Louis Rams played in 12 games under interim coach Jim Haslett.

    Whether the players' collective effort will be enough to outweigh 10 straight losses and save Haslett's job is another matter for Devaney.

    All Devaney and Haslett would publicly acknowledge after a 31-27 loss to the Atlanta Falcons was that the Rams will conduct business as usual Monday. Players will take physicals, and the coaching staff will grade their 16-game performance. Haslett will meet with each player, as is the custom of every NFL team, and conduct exit interviews.

    "We'll start talking about things in the next couple of days, but we've said all along that it's a process and that Jim's a viable candidate," Devaney said. "We'll see where we're at probably starting tomorrow."

    St. Louis owner Chip Rosenbloom last Wednesday made Devaney the replacement for John Shaw, who is retiring after 29 years as Rams GM. Haslett went 2-10 as interim coach, taking charge Sept. 29 after Scott Linehan was fired for losing 17 of his last 20 games over a two-year span.

    "We have been playing hard," Devaney said. "We haven't been playing smart the whole time, we haven't been playing sound, we haven't been playing good. There's a lot of reasons, but effort's never been the question. Outmatched? Yeah, sometimes, but (with) effort, there's no question."

    Haslett, who doesn't know when he will interview, wants to return as St. Louis' full-time head coach in 2009. He only hopes Devaney and Rosenbloom take into account the difficult circumstances under which he worked his last two years as a head coach.

    After leading New Orleans to its first playoff win as a rookie head coach in 2000, Haslett kept the Saints competitive until Hurricane Katrina caused them to move temporarily to San Antonio and split their 2005 "home" games at the Alamodome, LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., and Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

    New Orleans finished 3-13 that season, and Haslett was fired. He worked under Linehan as the Rams' defensive coordinator from 2006 through Week 4 of this year.

    "If you want to know the truth, I've got two majors flaws I've been coaching with," Haslett said. "I take over a team after four (losses), and I coached a team during Katrina, when we were displaced. Besides that, I'll stand by the record of what we took over and what we tried to accomplish, and that's all I can do.

    "If people are going to judge me based off what they've seen this season and based off the Katrina season, then so be it, but I'm no different a coach I was in 2000 or 2001 when I got into the profession as a head coach."

    Devaney, who left the Falcons as an assistant GM to work under Shaw before the season started, gave no indication that a petition signed by many St. Louis players favoring Haslett's return would affect his decision.

    The Rams' proverbial big picture is encouraging to Devaney despite a combined 5-27 record over the last two years.

    "I really believe that, because we have pieces here," Devaney said. "It's not like it's going to be a big reclamation project. It's not like we're going to get rid of everybody and start all over. That's not even the case. We know the areas we have to improve in, but there's a good core here that can play, and they showed that in how they carried themselves. They really care, and they have professional pride."

    Added Haslett, who has a career record of 47-61: "I told them that this game will define you as a person and as a team for years to come. I thought we played about as well as we can play. The guys played their hearts out. I think the way they played will define what they are next year. These last four games, I thought we had an opportunity to win all four of them. I think this team needs to learn how to win."


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    Re: Rams GM Devaney noncommital on Haslett's future

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By GEORGE HENRY - Associated Press Writer

    ATLANTA --





    "If you want to know the truth, I've got two majors flaws I've been coaching with," Haslett said. "I take over a team after four (losses), and I coached a team during Katrina, when we were displaced. Besides that, I'll stand by the record of what we took over and what we tried to accomplish, and that's all I can do.

    "If people are going to judge me based off what they've seen this season and based off the Katrina season, then so be it, but I'm no different a coach I was in 2000 or 2001 when I got into the profession as a head coach."


    Added Haslett, who has a career record of 47-61: "I told them that this game will define you as a person and as a team for years to come. I thought we played about as well as we can play. The guys played their hearts out. I think the way they played will define what they are next year. These last four games, I thought we had an opportunity to win all four of them. I think this team needs to learn how to win."
    Yeah, that is just what you want guys.....See how many EXCUSES Jim Haslett has. Basically what he is saying is this - ignore my time here as defensive coordinator when we sucked and ignore most of my head coaching tenure at New Orleans and pay attention to the one year that I got my team to the playoffs......so just judge me on 1-2 years out of my last 8 years as a coach......

    That is sad

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    Re: Rams GM Devaney noncommital on Haslett's future

    I respect the Haz. But we should have a new coach. Get new faces for this team. We got rid of our long rottening front office. Time for a new coaching staff.

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    Re: Rams GM Devaney noncommital on Haslett's future

    Quote Originally Posted by Falconator View Post
    Yeah, that is just what you want guys.....See how many EXCUSES Jim Haslett has. Basically what he is saying is this - ignore my time here as defensive coordinator when we sucked and ignore most of my head coaching tenure at New Orleans and pay attention to the one year that I got my team to the playoffs......so just judge me on 1-2 years out of my last 8 years as a coach......
    No, that's not what he's basically saying and he's not offering up EXCUSES.

    He's simply stating that he hopes he will not be judged exclusively on the aftermath of Katrina season and this interim season. He says he will stand by the rest of his head coaching record and what he was trying to accomplish.

    You don't interpret well therefore you need not paraphrase, thank you!



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    Re: Rams GM Devaney noncommital on Haslett's future

    hey, when you take a bath you fill the tub all the way up. We need to start new, new front office, new coaching staff - and while we're at it-lets dump ol' lead feet bulger.

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    Re: Rams GM Devaney noncommital on Haslett's future

    Haslett, who doesn't know when he will interview, wants to return as St. Louis' full-time head coach in 2009. -- George Henry
    I wouldn't mind. And seeing that the players actually want to keep Coach Haslett...

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    Re: Rams GM Devaney noncommital on Haslett's future

    I agree with NY, why don't we start with a shiny clean tub with no dingy ring on it.

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    Re: Rams GM Devaney noncommital on Haslett's future

    LOL, ok let me try without paraphrasing since I guess you need a license to do that...

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post

    "If you want to know the truth, I've got two majors flaws I've been coaching with," Haslett said. "I take over a team after four (losses), and I coached a team during Katrina, when we were displaced. Besides that, I'll stand by the record of what we took over and what we tried to accomplish, and that's all I can do.
    Katrina and taking over after Linehan are not flaws, they are circumstances. Personally, I think you did a fair job in both. The first being almost insurmountable and the other a definite challenge, but I am sorry Jim, you will be judged on these as well as your record when there wasn't a category 5 hurricane or a had coach over his head in flood waters.



    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    "If people are going to judge me based off what they've seen this season and based off the Katrina season, then so be it, but I'm no different a coach I was in 2000 or 2001 when I got into the profession as a head coach."
    Yes, people will judge you after the last two seasons, plus any others you coached. That is the reality.



    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    Added Haslett, who has a career record of 47-61: "I told them that this game will define you as a person and as a team for years to come. I thought we played about as well as we can play. The guys played their hearts out. I think the way they played will define what they are next year. These last four games, I thought we had an opportunity to win all four of them. I think this team needs to learn how to win."
    Yes, they had the opportunity, but did not win. See above quote, you will be judged on this and a record of 47-61.
    "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

    Jack Youngblood

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