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    Trainer Wonders Why St. Louis Rams Fired Him

    Trainer wonders why St. Louis Rams fired him

    BY JIM THOMAS
    POST-DISPATCH
    01/26/2010


    Jim Anderson, fired late last week after 26 years as the Rams' head athletic trainer, said he was given no explanation for his dismissal from coach Steve Spagnuolo or general manager Billy Devaney.

    "There was no reason given to us as to why, other than Steve felt like a change is what the organization needed," Anderson told the Post-Dispatch.

    Anderson said he received a phone call from Spagnuolo on Friday afternoon, asking if he could come upstairs at Rams Park and meet with Spagnuolo and Devaney.

    "And that was that," Anderson said.

    Assistant trainer Dake Walden, who has worked for the organization for 17 years, also was fired Friday.

    Anderson was hoping for some kind of explanation for his dismissal.

    "What did I not do that was expected?" Anderson said. "Or what can I do differently if I have a situation in the future where I want to be an athletic trainer? Like I said, (Spagnuolo) didn't feel at the time that he had any response to that. He just felt the organization would be better off with a change."

    Although his tenure in St. Louis may be over, Anderson, 53, wants to continue working, be it in the NFL or college.

    "I've been doing this all my life," Anderson said. "This is the first time I've been fired, so I don't want to end it on that note. You'd rather go out on your own terms, you know.

    "I feel fortunate I have a year left on my contract, so I don't have to make any quick decisions. But I don't think I'm old enough or wealthy enough to retire."

    The Rams went through another injury-plagued season in 2009, with 13 players ending up on the injured reserve list. Twenty players who started at least one game, or were scheduled to start, missed one or more games with injuries.

    "You do everything that you can to prevent the injuries," Anderson said. "Football is football. Injuries are part of it. And some years you have good years; some years you have bad years."

    In announcing Anderson's dismissal Saturday, Spagnuolo insisted that the rash of injuries wasn't a factor in the decision. There was some speculation over the weekend at Rams Park that Anderson (and Walden) were being fired because Devaney and Spagnuolo didn't think the training staff was proactive enough when the swine flu virus hit the team in December. Anderson did not want to comment on that subject.

    In any event, longtime employees at Rams Park are on eggshells again, as their numbers continue to dwindle. The massive organizational shakeup means very few employees are left who moved with the team to St. Louis from California in 1995.


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    Re: Trainer Wonders Why St. Louis Rams Fired Him

    I'm not a big fan of this way of doing business. If you fire someone, explain it truthfully. If you've got legitimate issues, what's wrong with laying out your reasons for the actions taken? If it's because you don't like the way a situation was handled, like say a flu outbreak, just say so.

    I guess transparency is a hard thing to come by these days.....

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    Re: Trainer Wonders Why St. Louis Rams Fired Him

    Yeah sometimes Spags strikes me as very secretive when it comes to stuff. Personally, I don't give two rat craps about this move. The trainer certainly wasn't helping. Let's see if we have better luck with the next guy....

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    Re: Trainer Wonders Why St. Louis Rams Fired Him

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    I'm not a big fan of this way of doing business. If you fire someone, explain it truthfully. If you've got legitimate issues, what's wrong with laying out your reasons for the actions taken? If it's because you don't like the way a situation was handled, like say a flu outbreak, just say so.

    I guess transparency is a hard thing to come by these days.....

    While I don't like it either... I will say I can understand because of my two stints in the world of management.

    Firing an employee is one thing but discussing their performance afterward is another. The HR department and company lawyers are afraid if you say the wrong thing the person can claim you have hurt their ability to get work and sue.

    I was even instructed that if a person thinking about hiring one of my former employees called I could either "say positive things" or "inform them the person that he did indeed work for me." No negativity allowed.

    I not only hated it but felt bad for the person calling.

    Lawyers SUCK... just kidding AV.

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    Re: Trainer Wonders Why St. Louis Rams Fired Him

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambunctious View Post
    While I don't like it either... I will say I can understand because of my two stints in the world of management.

    Firing an employee is one thing but discussing their performance afterward is another. The HR department and company lawyers are afraid if you say the wrong thing the person can claim you have hurt their ability to get work and sue.

    I was even instructed that if a person thinking about hiring one of my former employees called I could either "say positive things" or "inform them the person that he did indeed work for me." No negativity allowed.

    I not only hated it but felt bad for the person calling.

    Lawyers SUCK... just kidding AV.
    I can see why the team wouldn't comment publicly for those kinds of reasons, but speaking to Anderson himself behind closed doors, they could have been a little more specific. I mean when a guy has been with the organization for 26 years, he deserves that much.

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    Re: Trainer Wonders Why St. Louis Rams Fired Him

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    I'm not a big fan of this way of doing business. If you fire someone, explain it truthfully. If you've got legitimate issues, what's wrong with laying out your reasons for the actions taken? If it's because you don't like the way a situation was handled, like say a flu outbreak, just say so.

    I guess transparency is a hard thing to come by these days.....

    I agree 100%. A person deserves to know why he/she is being terminated. That's the least you owe them, especially after years of loyal service. It is both shameful and gutless to do it any other way. You might not like or agree with the reasons management has laid out, but at least you can respect their honesty at the end of the day.

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    Re: Trainer Wonders Why St. Louis Rams Fired Him

    yeah it seems to lack class a bit.

    gotta give linehan some respect, he sat down in person with everyone the team cut and told them why and how to improve... but what would he know lol

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    Re: Trainer Wonders Why St. Louis Rams Fired Him

    should have brought in george clooney.....

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    Re: Trainer Wonders Why St. Louis Rams Fired Him

    Firstly, we don't really know that this guy wasn't given a reason, just that he SAYS he wasn't.

    Secondly, I suspect the real answer is right there in the article; the swine flu issue. Anderson was in charge when the Rams had that staph infection issue a few years ago & the reports indicated that hygiene issues like sharing towels & improperly sanitized facilities were a big part of the problem & would probably have been in the head trainer's area of authority , rather than team doctors. If that was also the case with the swine flu problem, it makes sense that this guy got the chop for making a second major health gaffe.

    It also makes sense that neither he nor the team wanted to discuss it because of the liability issues involved, esp from players with kids.

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    Re: Trainer Wonders Why St. Louis Rams Fired Him

    You have to look at it from both sides not just the trainers side..

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    Re: Trainer Wonders Why St. Louis Rams Fired Him

    Seems like his reason was stated:

    "There was no reason given to us as to why, other than Steve felt like a change is what the organization needed," Anderson told the Post-Dispatch.
    Spags / Devaney made a decision to terminate them. Happens in management all the time. No justification needs to be given.

    (Oh, yeah, I am sure it sucks to be on the receiving end, but get used to it. Polish up your resume and move on.)
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