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  • Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

    10.14.2009 4:29 pm
    Spagnuolo “very, very, very happy” with Rams’ energy
    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    Coach Steve Spagnuolo was almost giddy after Wednesday’s practice, the first for the St. Louis Rams since a 38-10 home loss to the Vikings on Sunday dropped them to 0-5.

    “I was very, very, very happy about the energy today,” Spagnuolo said. “I thought the guys came out with a lot of energy, which is a good thing. It’s a credit to them, and I certainly appreciate it.”

    Still, as defensive end Chris Long pointed out, the winless Rams don’t have a lot of options as they try to dig out of their 0-5 hole.

    “You don’t really have a choice but to keep grinding away,” Long said. “Continuing to work hard and try to keep going up, that’s the only way we can do it. Build on the little things that we’re doing well and try to make those things big things.

    “It’s no different than any other week. We’re trying to get that win, just the same as if we were 5-0.”

    Notes & quotes:

    *QB Marc Bulger took all the reps with the first-team offense and reported afterward that he was “on course” to start Sunday in Jacksonville. Bulger had been out with a bruised shoulder.

    *Kyle Boller, who started in Bulger’s spot the past two games, passed his neuro exam and ran the scout team at practice. Spagnuolo said Boller will be retested Friday, just to be sure he’s OK to back up Boller vs. the Jaguars.

    *T Jason Smith (knee), S James Butler (knee), CB Justin King (knee) and S Anthony Smith (Achilles’ tendon) were limited. WR Ruvell Martin (hamstring) did not practice.

    *This week’s captains are C Jason Brown (offense), CB Ron Bartell (defense) and long-snapper Chris Massey (special teams).

    *LaJuan Ramsey took the bulk of the first-team snaps in the defensive tackle spot that opened when Gary Gibson broke his left ankle Sunday. Gibson, who has been placed on injured reserve, had successful surgery Tuesday, Spagnuolo reported.

    *WR Sean Walker, a member of the practice squad, played the role of ex-Rams WR Torry Holt on the scout team. Holt is the Jaguars’ leading receiver, with 22 catches for 306 yards.

    All for now…

  • #2
    Re: Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

    Oh man. The big game vs. Big Game. Could be very interesting to watch him on the field.

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    • #3
      Re: Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

      Originally posted by Warner4prez View Post
      Oh man. The big game vs. Big Game. Could be very interesting to watch him on the field.
      I'm wearing my holt jersey this sunday.

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      • #4
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        hope Holt has the worse game of his career..

        he will probably try harder to make big plays than he has for quite some time..im not expecting him to skip out of touch when he sees contact coming but to fight for every yard... we should try and take advantage of that by forcing turnovers on him.

        glad to see the current Rams have been showing Spags enough energy in practice to impress him enough to say what he said..and that our hurt players are returning to match day fitness.

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        • #5
          Re: Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

          Originally posted by Ramblin` Ram View Post
          hope Holt has the worse game of his career..

          he will probably try harder to make big plays than he has for quite some time..im not expecting him to skip out of touch when he sees contact coming but to fight for every yard... we should try and take advantage of that by forcing turnovers on him.

          glad to see the current Rams have been showing Spags enough energy in practice to impress him enough to say what he said..and that our hurt players are returning to match day fitness.
          After all he has done for us in the past you want him to have the worst game of his career? Holt was my absolute favorite player of all time..

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          • #6
            Re: Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

            So, Spags would say that the team was; "fiery"? ;)

            Good to hear about that on a Thursday, would rather see it on a Sunday.

            Go Rams.

            ...and go Dodgers and Angels!!
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            • #7
              Re: Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

              Originally posted by RAMFANRAIDERHATER View Post
              So, Spags would say that the team was; "fiery"? ;)
              "You're telling me we have no quarterback and our best player is a kicker that is wirey"...God help us!"
              "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

              Jack Youngblood

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              • #8
                Re: Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

                Originally posted by RAMFANRAIDERHATER View Post
                So, Spags would say that the team was; "fiery"? ;)

                Good to hear about that on a Thursday, would rather see it on a Sunday.
                Same with energy on Wednesday. Let's hope it translates to success on Sunday.

                Originally posted by Trevor View Post
                After all he has done for us in the past you want him to have the worst game of his career?
                Well, I certainly do, because if he does, the Rams have a better chance of winning, and that trumps all. My all-time favorite player is Warner. I love the guy, root for him to do well, but ALWAYS want him to have his worst game ever when he plays the Rams.

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                • #9
                  Re: Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

                  Very simple in my mind. When playing our St. Louis Rams it's Torry who?
                  sigpic :ram::helmet:

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                  • #10
                    Re: Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

                    maybe they realize that they are not as bad as everyone says and if they cut out the turnovers and stupid penaties they will have a very good shot this week, lets hope so.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

                      Originally posted by Trevor View Post
                      After all he has done for us in the past you want him to have the worst game of his career? Holt was my absolute favorite player of all time..
                      dude..Im a Rams fan.
                      i like Holt too..im the same age as him..but when he was catching balls as a lil bitty kid in his home town in a Cowboys jersey with Irvin on the back or whatever..i was a lil bitty kid with a Rams jersey on.
                      i aint gonna cheer for anyone who is playing against the Rams,no matter what he done for us in the past..when they playing the Rams they are the enemy.
                      when the game is over, i will wish him well for the rest of his career and will cheer for him in games when he`s not playing the Rams...but as its the first time he has played the Rams in his entire career..i hope he has the worst game of his career.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

                        This energy just needs to translate to sunday.

                        I have high hopes for this game. I hope we take this one!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Spagnuolo "Very, Very, Very Happy" With Rams' Energy

                          Intensity is there and there is definitely a will to win on the defensive side of the ball. .

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                          • r8rh8rmike
                            Spagnuolo Applauds Rams' Practice Habits
                            by r8rh8rmike
                            12.02.2009 3:57 pm
                            Spagnuolo applauds Rams’ practice habits
                            By Bill Coats
                            St. Louis Post-Dispatch


                            Practice had wrapped up about 15 minutes earlier, but the indoor facility at Rams Park still was crowded with players.

                            “Look at them,” St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I mean, practice is over and about half the team’s out there working. I think that says a lot. But I’ll tell you what, that’s typical of this group. They amaze me every week, going through what we’re going through, to come out and practice they way they do.”

                            Despite their 1-10 record, dampened further by an dispiriting 27-17 loss to a flagging Seahawks outfit three days earlier at the Edward Jones Dome, Wednesday’s practice was uptempo and upbeat. “They came out with a little bit of energy and practiced pretty good,” Spagnuolo said. “That’s a good thing to start the week.” (There are no practices on Mondays and Tuesdays.)

                            Notes & quotes:

                            *These players sat out Wednesday: QB Marc Bulger (leg), FB Mike Karney (neck), T Jason Smith (concussion), C Jason Brown (knee) and RB Steven Jackson (back). Spagnuolo said he was optimistic that Brown and Jackson could return Thursday.

                            *Smith, who took a blow to the head Nov. 22 vs. the Cardinals and didn’t play vs. the Seahawks, won’t take another follow-up neuro exam “until he feels like he’s completely fine,” Spagnuolo said. “Obviously, he’s still feeling effects of it, so they’re just going to wait.”

                            *LB James Laurinaitis has two sore shoulders, but he was a full participant Wednesday. “That’s life as a middle linebacker in the NFL,” Spagnuolo said.

                            *G Richie Incognito, who has missed four games with a foot sprain, worked with the first-team offense and said that barring a setback, he expects to play Sunday in Chicago.

                            *This week’s captains are QB Kyle Boller (offense), DE Leonard Little (defense) and LB David Vobora (special teams).
                            -12-02-2009, 07:53 PM
                          • r8rh8rmike
                            "Dr." Spagnuolo Finds Injury Judgements Difficult To Make
                            by r8rh8rmike
                            11.13.2009 2:04 pm
                            “Dr.” Spagnuolo finds injury judgments difficult to make
                            By Bill Coats
                            St. Louis Post-Dispatch


                            Judging whether to shut down a slightly injured player or to let him suit up and take the field is one of the more difficult tasks for an NFL head coach. The St. Louis Rams’ Steve Spagnuolo is finding that out during his rookie season.

                            “Every individual’s different,” he said. “That’s part of me learning the team. That’s what this whole year will be. I’ll have a better idea of how guys react to injuries. They all react differently.

                            “And I’ll tell you what: A lot of these guys react real good.”

                            Spagnuolo trusted the judgment of cornerback Ron Bartell, who has been nursing a sore thigh nearly all season but has remained in the lineup. Now, defensive lineman C.J. Ah You is in a similar predicament. The high-ankle sprain that he suffered Oct. 25 vs. the Colts has improved greatly. But is it enough that he could be effective Sunday vs. the Saints?

                            “C.J. is questionable right now,” Spagnuolo said after Friday’s practice. “He didn’t do a lot today, very limited. He’s still fighting that ankle. I’d like him to be a hundred percent on Sunday, so I thought it best to back off a little bit. He got plenty of the reps he needed Wednesday and Thursday.”

                            Notes & quotes:

                            *G Richie Incognito (foot) spent another day on the sideline with strength coach Rock Gullickson.

                            *WR Ruvell Martin got some reps with the first-team offense. Still, Spagnuolo hasn’t dressed more than four WRs for a game this year. So on Sunday, it likely will be Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton, Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson.

                            *Spagnuolo reported that Burton “had a real good week of practice. He looks real confident to me in what he’s doing out there, and he’s really helping all those other guys. A real pro.”

                            *With Ah You limited, Victor Adeyanju took some first-team snaps at defensive tackle.

                            All for now…
                            -11-13-2009, 04:03 PM
                          • Rambos
                            Rams' Spagnuolo ready for new challenge
                            by Rambos
                            ST. LOUIS — New St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo knows the easy part is over.

                            "It's nice to be 3-1 after the preseason, but like I told the players last night, the score counted when we played the games," Spagnuolo said Friday, one day after the Rams beat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-9. "It doesn't matter now. We're moving on.

                            "I'm perfectly aware that all of this is a honeymoon period. The real challenge is upcoming."

                            That challenge begins for St. Louis on Sept. 13, when the Rams open the season in Seattle. The Seahawks have beaten the Rams eight straight times. Then again, a lot of people have beaten the Rams lately, as St. Louis has won just five games the past two seasons.

                            No one is expecting Spagnuolo to change that overnight. He does like the way the team's mental approach heading into the season.

                            "I think we got a bunch of hungry guys. I think it's good to be hungry. When you get complacent, that's not a good thing. I do think it's a hungry football team. We've talked a lot about it and I think the guy's have embraced it."

                            However, plenty of question marks still remain. For instance, who will be under center when the Rams take the field in Seattle. Nine-year veteran Marc Bulger is the starter, but Bulger has been nursing a broken pinkie finger and has not played.

                            Bulger says he will be ready to start the season and Spagnuolo is counting on him.

                            "If he's ready to go, he goes," Spagnuolo said. "He threw in pregame last night. He felt comfortable throwing. It still comes down to taking the snap."

                            Another newcomer to St. Louis, Kyle Boller has started in Bulger's absence.

                            Another area of concern is the running game — on both sides of the ball. The Rams allowed more than 150 yards per game on the ground last season, and that area looked suspect during the preseason, particularly against Atlanta, when Falcons starters gouged Rams for two easy scores.

                            "We know if we had to pick out one area that we need to improve on both sides, it's in the running game, whether it's running it or stopping the run," Spagnuolo said. "I thought Atlanta came out and really took it to us. I don't think anybody felt great about that. And yet when challenged, the team bounced back against Cincinnati."

                            The Rams have yet to make any final roster moves. Spagnuolo said that he expects to make those by midday Saturday, but noted that the coaches were still evaluating players and positions.

                            One roster spot that might open up is on the defensive line. Spagnuolo reported Friday that 2007 first-round pick Adam Carriker suffered a "significant" injury to his right shoulder. He expects to have a final determination on Carriker's status Saturday.

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                          • BM_Face
                            No practice due to swine flu concerns
                            by BM_Face
                            St. Louis Rams cancel practice due to confirmed cases of swine flu
                            By R.B. Fallstrom (CP) – 1 hour ago

                            ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams cancelled practice Thursday due to an undisclosed number of swine flu cases on the team, just three days before a home game against the Houston Texans.

                            Coach Steve Spagnuolo would not say how many players had the illness but said five or six players had flulike symptoms, and added that other players had reported symptoms the last few weeks. He anticipated the Rams would return to practice on Friday with a workout that will incorporate some of the elements missed on Thursday.

                            "It's really more of a precaution than anything," Spagnuolo said. "We're checking everybody, we're just being careful."

                            Players were seen driving away from Rams Park shortly before noon after consulting with medical staff. Team spokesman Ted Crews said many players received medication before leaving.

                            "If there was one (player), we'd have to be careful because these guys are around each other all the time," Spagnuolo said. "I think it was the right thing to do."

                            Two players, quarterback Kyle Boller and centre Jason Brown, missed practice Wednesday and Spagnuolo said both players had flulike symptoms. Spagnuolo first reported Brown's illness on Monday, but Brown was back with the team Thursday and had been expected to practice before the team decided to send players home.

                            Spagnuolo said he didn't know whether Boller had been at Rams Park on Thursday. He was short on specifics regarding other affected players, saying "all the names are running together."

                            "I don't want to throw out a name and be wrong," Spagnuolo said. "The important thing is we don't want anybody else to get sick. The important thing is to handle it right, send everybody home."

                            Coaches and staff had the option of leaving Rams Park, but the parking lot was filled with vehicles Thursday afternoon.

                            Spagnuolo said the Rams became aware of the situation about 8:30 or 9 a.m., then held a team meeting after consulting with medical personnel and deciding on a course of action.

                            "There was no panic here," Spagnuolo said. "We took our time."
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                            "Don't send me down that direction," he said. "I'm very hopeful that by tomorrow, even if there's a couple of guys that have to be away from it, that we've taken the right steps and we'll be OK."

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                          • HUbison
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                            by HUbison
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                            By Bill Coats
                            St. Louis Post-Dispatch


                            Steve Spagnuolo adjourned his first practice — a 90-minute workout on the outdoor fields at Rams Park — Thursday afternoon and said that he finally felt like the head coach of the Rams. “I’d say that’s a pretty accurate statement, because this is what we do as coaches, this is what we enjoy doing,” Spagnuolo said. “So it was great to be out here and be with the players.”

                            Spagnuolo reported that all 64 players on the roster were in attendance and that wide receiver Derek Stanley, who is coming off knee surgery, was the only one who couldn’t do at least some of the drills. The main purpose of the three-day minicamp is to “evaluate the talent, learn how to practice and go over the basic fundamentals,” Spagnuolo said.

                            “What we’re trying to do is make our practices efficient, uptempo,” he explained. “We would like to not condition after practice; we would like to condition in the practice. I thought they did a really good job of that today for the first day, I really did.”

                            Another practice was scheduled for this afternoon.

                            All for now . . . more later.
                            -04-02-2009, 12:30 PM
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