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    St. Louis Rams' Steve Spagnuolo takes stock of team

    BY BILL COATS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    11/04/2009

    At the halfway mark of the season, the Rams find themselves in last place in the NFC West, last in the NFL in scoring (77 points) and last in the league in points yielded (221).

    But they did hit the midway point — and their bye week — on the heels of their first win in more than a year, a 17-10 triumph Sunday in Detroit. So, coach Steve Spagnuolo's informal "State of the Team" address Tuesday was generally upbeat.

    "There were some struggles; there were some good things," he said. "But we've built something. We talked this morning about the foundation we wanted to build. There's some trust, there's mutual respect, there's unity on the team. I think more than anything, we take that away" from the opening eight games.

    The Rams were blown out five times, crushed 179-33 in those routs. Still, with a couple of breaks they could've pulled out wins at Washington and Jacksonville and stand 3-5 instead of 1-7.

    "It was a rough road, let's face it; we had seven losses," Spagnuolo noted. "But to see what the guys did — and I'm not talking about on the field — what they did as people and what they did together, that probably sticks in my head more than anything."

    And Spagnuolo firmly believes that his group can compete with anyone on the second half of the schedule. That includes unbeaten New Orleans, which visits the Edward Jones Dome on Nov. 15.

    "There's always things to work on; every team goes through that," Spagnuolo said. "But we've got enough talent here, we've got guys that want to work at it, we've got guys that can make plays. We've just got to keep plugging away.

    "We're going to play some good football teams, and hopefully we'll be playing some good football, too."

    NEW CORNERBACK

    In yet another roster move, cornerback Danny Gorrer has been signed off the Saints' practice squad. Wide receiver Tim Carter was released to open a spot for Gorrer on the 53-man roster.

    Gorrer, a 6-foot, 185-pound rookie from Texas A&M, joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent. He was getting ready to leave for the Superdome and Monday night's game against Atlanta when he was rerouted to the airport.

    "I was very surprised. I called my agent to see if they were joking," Gorrer said. "When I got to St. Louis, I caught the second half."

    INJURY UPDATE

    Guard Jacob Bell, who sustained a concussion Sunday, passed his neurological exam Tuesday morning but sat out practice. Spagnuolo said Bell would practice today.

    Wide receiver and returner Danny Amendola, who also suffered a concussion, remained on the sideline Tuesday. He still was experiencing symptoms, so his exam was moved to today.

    Defensive end C.J. Ah You (ankle) did some individual work.

    NICK OF TIME

    The Rams got a brief scare after Steven Jackson's 25-yard touchdown run put them in front with 1 minute, 38 seconds remaining Sunday. On Josh Brown's ensuing kickoff, speedy Derrick Williams bolted into an open lane and appeared to be headed for a long return.

    But rookie K.C. Asiodu slid into the gap and brought down Williams at the 23-yard line.

    "I saw the lane, and I was happy I was able to corral him to the ground," said Asiodu (uh-SAH-doo). Had Asiodu missed, Brown might've been the Rams' last hope.

    "We pursue hard to the ball, so hopefully somebody else would've been able to (stop Williams)," Asiodu said. "You never want to force your kicker to make a tackle."

    RAM-BLINGS

    After today's practice, the players will be off until Monday. ... Guard Richie Incognito (foot) will shed his orthopedic boot Monday and begin more strenuous rehab. ... Gorrer is wearing No. 25.

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    "We pursue hard to the ball, so hopefully somebody else would've been able to (stop Williams)," Asiodu said. "You never want to force your kicker to make a tackle."
    I wonder if Brown can tackle like Jeff Wilkins could? I remember Money had to make a few tackles in his time and he was never scared to bring the returner down
    @EssexRam_

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      Re: St. Louis Rams' Steve Spagnuolo Takes Stock Of Team

      Originally posted by tomahawk247 View Post
      I wonder if Brown can tackle like Jeff Wilkins could? I remember Money had to make a few tackles in his time and he was never scared to bring the returner down
      Let's hope we never find out.
      sigpic :ram::helmet:

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        Re: St. Louis Rams' Steve Spagnuolo Takes Stock Of Team

        Originally posted by tomahawk247 View Post
        I wonder if Brown can tackle like Jeff Wilkins could? I remember Money had to make a few tackles in his time and he was never scared to bring the returner down
        I used to vote Jeff Wilkins to the pro bowl as a linebacker..

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          Re: St. Louis Rams' Steve Spagnuolo Takes Stock Of Team

          Originally posted by laram0 View Post
          Let's hope we never find out.
          How could you guys forget this?

          Devin Hester, meet Josh Brown

          He'll be just fine.


          .

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            Re: St. Louis Rams' Steve Spagnuolo Takes Stock Of Team

            So we picked up a corner from the Saints....that could be a very clever pick up. Got two weeks to get stuff out of him. :<>
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            • r8rh8rmike
              Rams' Spagnuolo Not Second-Guessing Decisions
              by r8rh8rmike
              Rams’ Spagnuolo not second-guessing decisions

              By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
              13 hours, 16 minutes ago

              ST. LOUIS (AP)—A day after a three-point loss to the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo declined to second-guess decisions that factored into the defeat.

              Spagnuolo said on Monday that he still would have burned more than a half-minute off the clock at the end of the first half and settled for a field goal, and he still would have punted on fourth-and-1 late in the fourth quarter and counted on a defense that had given up huge chunks of yards on the ground to get the ball back.

              Instead of going for the big plays, the Rams played not to lose.

              Spagnuolo is 10-33 with five games to go in his third season. It’s a challenging stretch that could determine whether he keeps his job.

              The Rams (2-9) are 13-point underdogs at San Francisco this week and, counting the rematch in the season finale against the *****, the next five opponents are a combined 38-17.

              “Do you mean, how do I handle this San Francisco game right here this week?” Spagnuolo said. “You guys know how I’m wired.”

              The coach believes players are still buying in, if a bit beat down.

              “You have to forget about it and move on, but as a competitor they’re going to really get under your skin,” middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “I hate losing, I hate losing, and am never going to get used to losing.

              “Nobody should in this locker room, in this organization.”

              There’s no looking back for Spagnuolo. He wouldn’t have taken a few more shots at the end zone and tried to give the Rams a 14-3 cushion before halftime. He had to be talked into allowing one try before bringing on the field goal unit.

              “It was a conservative approach, no question,” Spagnuolo said. “And you could have gone another way.”

              In this case, Spagnuolo got the sense the offense was reeling. After Brandon Lloyd’s 26-yard reception to the 3 with 43 seconds left in the first half, the Rams went in reverse with a botched play call that resulted in a false-start penalty but easily could have been whistled for delay of game, and Sam Bradford was sacked for a 9-yard loss the next play.

              “Obviously, we put ourselves in a pretty bad situation,” Bradford said.

              Spagnuolo wouldn’t say what happened on the play from the 3, but indicated a lot had gone wrong.

              “There were a lot of things going on,” the coach said. “There were too many issues. We need to get that play off.”

              Spagnuolo also revealed he was thinking field goal right after Lloyd’s catch, going through “what if” scenarios in his mind that only got reinforced after two failures.

              “Do we want to get a touchdown? Yeah,” Spagnuolo said. “I was going to bring it all the way down...
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            • HUbison
              After first practice, Spagnuolo says he now feels like coach of the St. Louis Rams
              by HUbison
              After first practice, Spagnuolo says he now feels like coach of the St. Louis Rams
              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, 01:30 PM
            • r8rh8rmike
              Spagnuolo Puts Blame On Himself
              by r8rh8rmike
              Spagnuolo puts blame on himself
              BY JIM THOMAS
              ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
              08/23/2009

              The score was 14-0, Atlanta, before most spectators had a chance to dig into their popcorn Friday at the Edward Jones Dome. For a Rams franchise intent on showing the fan base that things will be different this season, it was the last thing they wanted to happen.

              On Saturday, after reviewing game tape, coach Steve Spagnuolo blamed himself.

              "Personally, I think it's all on the head coach," Spagnuolo said. "The first quarter, I don't think I had the team ready to play. I'm going to take the onus on that. We need to start the game better, especially against a good football team."

              So what can Spagnuolo do differently to make sure his team gets out of the gate quicker?
              "I don't know," he said. "Just like we evaluate the players, I'm going to evaluate myself all the time. I'll sit back this week, and if I think there's something we can do differently in practice we'll do it.

              "If I think there's something we can say or approach (differently) the day before the game, we'll do that. But right now, if the team's not ready early like that, it's on the head coach. So we'll figure out a way."

              Besides being outscored 14-0, the Rams were outgained 147 yards to 56 by Atlanta in the opening quarter. Spagnuolo said it's impossible to gauge whether or not a team is ready to play based on pregame warm-up or really anything else leading up to the game.

              "I've stopped doing that in football," he said. "Sometimes you walk in there and say, 'This team's not ready to play.' And they go out and beat a team by 30 points. That's hard to assess."

              Granted it came once the starters were done for the night and the reserves had taken over, but Spagnuolo was pleased with the fact that the team chipped away at the early deficit and was in position to tie or win the game in the fourth quarter.

              SURGERY FOR FOSTER

              The Rams' draft class of '09 took its first major injury hit, with Spagnuolo announcing Saturday that wide receiver Brooks Foster will be out six to eight weeks following ankle surgery.

              Foster suffered what originally was termed a sprained ankle in the Aug. 14 preseason opener against the New York Jets. But additional testing revealed additional problems, so Foster underwent surgery on Friday.

              The Rams must decide whether to place Foster on the injured reserve list. The fifth-round pick from North Carolina had some good moments on the practice field during training camp as well as in the scrimmage at Lindenwood University. But he had no catches in the Jets' game, and faced an uphill struggle on making the 53-man roster.

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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, 08:53 PM
            • RamWraith
              Rams minicamp with a plan
              by RamWraith
              BY Jim Thomas
              ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
              Thursday, Apr. 02 2009
              For Steve Spagnuolo, it's never too early to look for leaders. His first
              minicamp as Rams head coach is as good a time to start as any.

              "We'll try to identify those leaders on our team, and hopefully, they'll step
              to the forefront in those tough times that you know you're going to have — no
              matter what team — in a 16-game season," Spagnuolo said. "I remember vividly
              going through it in Philadelphia. And I remember Brian Dawkins and Jeremiah
              Trotter, Donovan McNabb at a certain point in the season deciding that, 'Hey
              guys.' ... They did little things with the other players. Very unseen things,
              but it made a big difference."

              There certainly is a leadership void to be filled with the 2009 Rams. Veterans
              Torry Holt, Orlando Pace, Corey Chavous and Trent Green have been released.
              Other veterans, such as La'Roi Glover and Dane Looker, are free agents who have
              not been re-signed by the club. (The Rams may revisit signing Looker after the
              draft.)

              "I believe that the underlying leaders surface once there's no leadership in
              front of them," Spagnuolo said. "Hopefully, there's some undiscovered secret
              leaders on this roster right now."

              Perhaps it's newly re-signed cornerback Ron Bartell. New center Jason Brown. Or
              safety Oshiomogho Atogwe.

              But over the course of five minicamp practices over the next three days at Rams
              Park, Spagnuolo will be looking for leaders. (The Rams practice twice today,
              twice Friday, and once Saturday.)

              "You'll look to see which guys jump in front (of the lines), which guys are
              encouraging other people," Spagnuolo said. "When I'm sitting in the back of the
              meetings, I'm going to be looking for who's taking notes — actually sitting and
              writing notes. The best players that I've worked with are great note-takers."

              During his decade of coaching in the NFL, Spagnuolo has observed that the
              players who are meticulous in their preparation are the ones who last the
              longest in the league.

              "Because they've figured it out — that it's as much from the chin to the
              hairline as it is anything that they do with their body," Spagnuolo said.

              In trying to foster an atmosphere of togetherness and teamwork, Spagnuolo said
              leadership has to come from several sources.

              "No matter what, it's never going to be about one person," Spagnuolo said.
              "It's always going to be about the makeup of the whole team. Sometimes I think
              we all make mistakes when we focus on one position. We know the glory position
              and the one that's out in the forefront is the quarterback position, but...
              -04-02-2009, 05:12 AM
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