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  • Spagnuolo - live chat now

    He is doing a live chat with fans now. here is the link

    NFL Live Chat
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    Re: Spagnuolo - live chat now

    I submitted a couple of questions. Will try to cut and paste the content in here when it is done.
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    • #3
      Re: Spagnuolo - live chat now

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      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Hello Rams fans, thanks for joining me today. Looking forward to answering your questions.
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      Robert, Houston, Tx
      11:50 AM CT
      It's been stated that you got married at the Vatican. What role does your Christian faith play in your life and how do you apply it to the football field?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      My Christian faith is everything. It's the rock thqat helps me get through tough times and adversity. We had a lot of that this year. It will always be a part of my career and life.
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      Devontrae , Fort Lauderdale, FL
      11:51 AM CT
      Hello coach Spags, I just wanted to congratulate you on coaching for the Rams and even though we didnt have much sucess this year I see a different team in the future. So my question is with all the turmoil that came this year how did you manage to keep your composure in the media and on the field? How did you influence the players to keep their composure in the media and on the field?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      My strong Christian belief and my belief in treating people the right way. I also think the character in our locker room allowed us to make it through a tough season.
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      George "stlramz" Mavris, Crescent City, CA
      11:52 AM CT
      Can you comment on how Bradley Fletcher's rehabilitation is progressing. It looked to me like he was developing into a real quality player before that unfortunate injury? Thanks.
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      I agree Bradley was progressing well as a player. He is working hard in rehab and we are optimistic that he will get back to the same status he was when he was injured.
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      George "stlramz" Mavris, Crescent City, CA
      11:53 AM CT
      First, congratulations on taking over the Rams job (its a big one), you have come a long way from your time at Grafton High School. I go to a lot of games and notice that you are scribbling notes on a little pad throughout the game. Any chance you can share the types of things you are noting there?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      It's usually things I am afraid I will forget. It may involve anything and at the end of the game, I usually jot it down and bring it to my office.
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      Anthony Fiato, Binghamton, NY
      11:53 AM CT
      Steve, what is your role in the decision making process with draft picks, free agents, and re-signing and releasing players?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      All of those decisions are made collectively between Billy and myself.
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      Brian Hickey, Chicago, Illinois
      11:54 AM CT
      Coach, Who do you see as the clear cut leader of your football team? Also what is your favorite thing to do on off days or in the off season? Thanks
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      We have a number of guys that have stepped forward to be leaders and I anticipate others will follow. It will be exciting to see who those guys are in the future. Sharing time with my wife.
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      Curtis Filer, Saint Charles, MO
      11:55 AM CT
      What messege do you have for the fans to get them to come back and watch the team next season?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Have faith in the way we have built the foundation to this point. Knowing that most of it is based on prior experience and proven to lead to success.
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      Andrew May, Fort Myers FL
      11:56 AM CT
      I am sure glad to have a great coach leading the team back into contention. How does a Head Coaching position compare to being a Coordinater?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Very similar only a lot more people who are relying on you to make decisions.
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      Matt Osborne, Queen Creek, AZ
      11:57 AM CT
      Coach Spagnuolo, what were the most disappointing and most rewarding experiences you had in your first year as head coach? Thanks.
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Although the record didn't reflect it, there were many rewarding experiences, especially the way the team came together within the locker room.
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      Joel Henriksen, Nebraska
      11:58 AM CT
      I would love to get into some sort of coaching profession as an adult. What is some advice you would give to me?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Come in contact with as many people and coaches involved in the sport as possible and show them how passionate you are about the profession. Best of luck to you.
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      Matt Osborne, Queen Creek, AZ
      11:59 AM CT
      Coach Spagnuolo, I really like the direction you have the Rams headed in and I believe you have laid a solid foundation this year, as you have stated. How do you now build upon that, and more importantly, start seeing success on the field? Thanks.
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      We evaluate everything and make improvements. We hope to add new players who will help us be successful and stay confident in the way we have built it to this point.
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      Scott, Philly
      12:01 PM CT
      Having watched the Eagles over the years, I fully expected more blitzing this year then what I saw. Did you blitz less than you prefer and if so was it due to a lack of personel? Or am I underestimating the amount of blitzing that did take place? Also, what area on defense do you feel needs the biggest infusion of talent?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Sometimes the game dictates that you not blitz as much as you anticipated. But pressure defense will always be a part of what we do.
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      Ken Morrisey, Los Angeles
      12:03 PM CT
      Although great teams are well balanced they all seem to have "an identity". The Steelers have a great defense, the Saints can score, and the Colts can make the last minute drive. What "identity" would you like the Rams to have?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      A team that plays physical and aggressive in all three phases of the game and plays for one another.
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      Josh Kaestner, Sec 454 Row D Seats15-16
      12:05 PM CT
      Coach-I hope you and the organization realize there thousands of PSL holders that are willing to stick this thing out. You all are doing things the right way and we believe in your vision. Are there any young players (1st or 2nd year guys) that most fans may not be familiar with that really impressed you and could become more than serviceable NFL players. What about any of the street FA's or guys taken from other practice rosters? Thanks for your time and good luck this offseason!
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      All of our draft picks with the exception of one gained valuable experience. Due to a fine personnel staff, we were able to add good young talent to our roster such as Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson.
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      M.D, Finland
      12:07 PM CT
      If you could spend 1 week somewhere in the world with your family, where would it be? PS you have done a great job with the team even if we are 1-15. You have won over the fan base! Thanks
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      I would probably go back to Italy and visit places I was unable to go to five years ago when I visited the first time.
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      Joe, Fenton, MO
      12:09 PM CT
      In determining a draft pick, what do you think is more important, tape or measurables?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      It's always a combination of both.
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      Ron, Wisconsin
      12:11 PM CT
      Hi Coach, Thanks for being the man you are with your faith and family life. Being a father of 7 and a strong Catholic, I happy to see you coaching the Rams. Could you elaborate some on where you see the overall talent level of the team. Are we real short in some areas or do you fell the foundation is there for a bright future.
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      I do think the future is bright. As with all NFL teams this time of year, we will certainly make any and all moves that we think will improve our chances of success in 2010.
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      Nick, Ohio
      12:12 PM CT
      Are you friends with Dick Vermeil???? Has he ever been to practice, or been invited to be around the team. A lot of life-long Rams fans hold a special place in our hearts for coach Vermeil....and was just wondering if he is still welcomed around the guys.
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      I have a great deal of respect for Coach Vermeil. He is always welcome here at Rams Park. I think very highly of him.
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      William Dillingham , South East Missouri
      12:13 PM CT
      Why did you choose to come and coach the St. Louis Rams? Also, how do you like St. Louis?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      I very much enjoyed the people and was convinced this was a great place for my wife and I. We love the city of St. Louis and look forward to spending more time in the area getting to know St. Louis and the people in the offseason.
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      Chuck, St. Charles
      12:15 PM CT
      Hey Coach, Do you have a relationship with Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa? Do you ever talk with him during the season?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      I just spoke to him yesterday. I have a great deal of respect for Coach LaRussa. He is a tremendous resource and I look forward to visiting with him in the near future.
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      Chris, Buffalo
      12:16 PM CT
      Sup Spags, You have coached along side a lot of great coaches. Who do you think is the best coach you have worked with and who's coaching philosophy have you interpreted most into yours?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      I was blessed to work for two of the best in the business: Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin. I have meshed both philosophies continuously.
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      Justice, Bakersfield, CA
      12:19 PM CT
      Coach, First of all, I want to say that I think you have done a great job instilling a positive vision with the team. That said, teams change every year or they will never improve. Are you excited for another opportunity to reevaluate the roster and continue to build on what you've begun with the type of players you feel can improve the Rams in 2010? Any potential pals from days past that you have your eye on? (C'mon I had to ask!)
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      This time of year is always exciting as we evaluate our own roster and other players in anticipation of becoming a better team.
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      Robert, Columbus, Ohio
      12:20 PM CT
      Hi Steve, First of all I want to commend you for sticking with your development plan this year. I am one of those fans who knows that it takes time to get your system fully in gear. We didn't have all the wheels to get rolling but you stuck with the plan regardless of the talent level. I was pleased with the teams resolve even in losing because the effort was there with those who were available to play. My question to you: How pleased were you with the play of Laurinitas this season and how important is it to you to get an outside linebacker to help him develop even further?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      James did a solid job this year at a position that usually takes a number of years. However, James was able to play his position well and function as the signal caller on defense.
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      Sam Shasteen, St Louis
      12:21 PM CT
      Hey Steve, thanks for reading my question, I hope you'll answer at least one of them. 1: How do you feel about the nickname 'Spags'? 2: What player surprised you the most this year? (in a good way or bad way) 3: With one year of head coaching under your belt, what's the biggest lesson you learned that will improve your approach the most next season?
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      I'm kind of used to that nickname after 50 years.
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      Cheryl Krystoff , Fairmont City, IL
      12:22 PM CT
      Hello Coach Spags: What do you look for during the end of season evaluations of your players and coaching staff? Thank you for your time!!
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Player production is very important. In all areas, we are always evaluating reliability, dependability and team first mentality.
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      Andy Waldo, Hope, Indiana
      12:23 PM CT
      Hey Coach, I was just wondering what the typical day in an NFL front office would be like...such as how many hours you guys work watching film, etc... Thanks, and go get 'em next year!!
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      There are a lot of hours and it's a tremendous amount of work. But when you love what you do and have a passion for the people you work with, those hours go by quickly.
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      J. Peter Ross, St. Louis, MO
      12:27 PM CT
      After your first year coaching in st. louis, and your many years coaching in on the east coast, did you notice any huge differences between the east coast teams and the midwest? I am looking forward to this offseason, and next season, keep the faith, as I know you will. I was really impressed with your work ethic and your foundation you have set even with all the setbacks this season.
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Thank you for the kind words. We do believe we are doing it the right way and look forward to reaping the benefits of our efforts in the future.

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      J. Peter Ross, St. Louis, MO
      12:27 PM CT
      After your first year coaching in st. louis, and your many years coaching in on the east coast, did you notice any huge differences between the east coast teams and the midwest? I am looking forward to this offseason, and next season, keep the faith, as I know you will. I was really impressed with your work ethic and your foundation you have set even with all the setbacks this season.
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Thank you for the kind words. We do believe we are doing it the right way and look forward to reaping the benefits of our efforts in the future.
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      Roger J Fuhrman, Minneapolis, MN
      12:29 PM CT
      I have been an avid Rams fan since the mid 70's. I have to admit, I admire your management style. I make it a point to attend at least one Rams game per year. Although, the economy has not been assisting me in my travel expenses, at least I can plan in advance and save. My question to you is, during the off season - how do you plan on continuing to make certain the players and all staff keep the momentum going in to 2010 year? Keep up the great work. I appreciate watching you congratulating the players and keeping the positive team building!
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      I have complete confidence in the players and coaches that they will stay the course, stay together and continue to work as hard as they have been in the previous year.
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      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, Stlouisrams.com
      It's been a pleasure visiting with you all. Thank you for the insightful questions. Sorry I was unable to get to them all. Keep the faith, know that we are working every day on your behalf to ensure that you have a team to be proud of.
      Last edited by UtterBlitz; -01-07-2010, 11:33 AM. Reason: added the end posts
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        Re: Spagnuolo - live chat now

        Is this guy ever going to answer a football question that is thrown at him? All I got out of this is that he is religious, likes to spend time with his wife and is used to his nickname of SPAGS after 50 years.

        I know he can't name names but sheeesh answer the questions!!!!

        He must have been the dodgeball champ in elementry school.
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        • #5
          Re: Spagnuolo - live chat now

          lol if you notice, they ALL do that in those sessions. At least the management/coaches do. You tend to get more "real" answers from the players although they as well do not name names

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            Re: Spagnuolo - live chat now

            I asked three questions and none of mine were picked. It does seem that they picked questions and answers that are vague and don't really say much about football or the direction that the Rams are headed.
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              Re: Spagnuolo - live chat now

              Billy D gives more away tho he just like Spags is too classy to say..so-so is out of the club house etc....so really its just a case of trying to read between the lines of what they saying..with Billy D that is sometimes possible...with Spags its like trying to get past Pace in his prime...just aint gonna happen!


              i did find it quite funny that he answered one question per person on every question...even tho several askes multiple questions.

              Spags & Rex Ryan remind me of Montgomery & Patton in WWII...
              both great leaders of men but whilst Ryan is like Patton parading around like a strutting peacock (albeit a peacock that looks like he`ll have a cardiac arrest at any moment..),telling everyone who will listen what he`s gonna do to the enemy etc...and in some cases making battles that may not need to take place.
              Spags is like Monty,has been in the game a while longer,more battle experience etc..has just as much confidence as Ryan but in more of a calm steely reserve kinda way...doesnt feel the need to put on a show for the cameras to show it...but his men will see it and respond to it..and in the long run thats all that matters.

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              • Bralidore(RAMMODE)
                Spagnuolo Sees Different Senior Bowl
                by Bralidore(RAMMODE)
                Wednesday, January 27, 2010
                By Nick Wagoner
                Senior Writer
                MOBILE, Ala. – Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has been coaching in the NFL for 11 years. Of the many things that profession entails for the majority of coaches, one is an annual trip here for Senior Bowl week.
                That trip can only be skipped by a select few, those fortunate enough to have helped lead their teams to the final weekend or two of the NFL playoffs. Those are the coaches playing for championships and they gladly miss out on the opportunity to come to Ladd-Peebles Stadium to try to find the guys who could help them someday skip said event.
                Before traveling down here this week, Spagnuolo reflected on this very idea and came to the conclusion that he has been quite blessed in his coaching career.
                “I have been very, very lucky in this league,” Spagnuolo said. “This is year 11 for me and this is only I want to say like the fourth time I have been here because I have been lucky enough to be on teams that were in the playoffs.”
                Obviously, Spagnuolo and the Rams weren’t so fortunate this season but that doesn’t mean he’s upset about coming to Mobile to get acquainted with some of the players in this year’s draft class.
                Last week, Spagnuolo hit the one-year mark of his tenure as the head coach of the Rams. A lot has changed in that time.
                At last year’s Senior Bowl, Spagnuolo was holed up in a room at the Renaissance Battle House Hotel interviewing candidates for various spots on his coaching staff. He attended no practices and got no feel for any of the players in attendance at last year’s game.
                This year, Spagnuolo has had to, in some ways, re-learn the Senior Bowl process.
                In the early days of the week, Spagnuolo sat anonymously with the NFL masses in the stands next to General Manager Billy Devaney. There, Spagnuolo picked Devaney’s brain about the players on the field in an effort to get to know some of them.
                After a couple of days of that, Spagnuolo spent Wednesday morning standing on the sideline with Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin and his trusty pencil and notebook in hand.
                “I was picking his brain a little bit about his first couple of years and time as a defensive coordinator so we shared some thoughts there but we both stood there and said ‘You do realize we keep moving with the defensive guys,’” Spagnuolo said, laughing. “We do have our eyes on everyone, though.”
                Although the Spagnuolo and his staff were offered the opportunity to be one of the coaching staffs here this week, the invitation was declined. Detroit is coaching the North team while Miami is coaching the South squad.
                Spagnuolo said he put a lot of thought into the decision but ultimately didn’t feel like the time was right for his staff to take on the task.
                “I just felt like this year it was more advantageous for...
                -01-27-2010, 07:44 PM
              • RamWraith
                Spagnuolo's Staff Hard at Work
                by RamWraith
                Thursday, February 12, 2009

                By Nick Wagoner
                Senior Writer

                In the whirlwind days that followed his hiring as Rams head coach on Jan. 19, Steve Spagnuolo and daylight became strangers.

                Even in Mobile, Ala., site of the annual Senior Bowl, Spagnuolo rarely ventured outside of his room at the Renaissance Battle House. When he did, it was to travel the few steps upstairs to meet with general manager Billy Devaney or a quick meeting with a friend in the lobby.

                But the opportunity to go out and study college prospects never came close to fruition, never mind the chance to get a breath of fresh air or step out for lunch.

                “The only time I walked out of the room was either to walk down to Billy’s room, which was on the next floor up, and the last night I walked down to the lobby to see somebody,” Spagnuolo said. “That was it. That was an interesting, wonderful experience. But I like to go down there and see guys I haven’t seen all year. I didn’t get a chance to do that.”

                Instead, Spagnuolo holed up in his room and began piecing together a coaching staff. Over the next three and a half weeks, Spagnuolo rarely came up for air as the search for coaches continued.

                Finally, on Monday, Spagnuolo announced the hiring of the final three coaches on his staff, bringing the total to 19 assistants and completing the long and arduous process of putting a staff together.

                Thursday afternoon, Spagnuolo finally emerged from his Russell Training Center office with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, defensive coordinator Ken Flajole and special teams coordinator Tom McMahon in tow.

                Needless to say, the completion of the staff is a weight off the shoulders of Spagnuolo, who throughout the process made it a point to be deliberate with his hires so as to do all possible diligence on potential candidates.

                “What month are we in? It’s February, right?” Spagnuolo said, laughing.

                For a first time head coach, the business of finding 19 coaches who fit the bill of what you are looking for is difficult enough without the added pressure to come in terms of building a 53-man roster.

                Spagnuolo was quick to acknowledge the relief he had in completing his first major task as a head coach.

                “It’s been a good overwhelming,” Spagnuolo said. “One of those overwhelmings you want to have happen to you.”

                When Spagnuolo set out to put a staff in place, he did so with a few ideas for how he wanted it done.

                At the top of the list was finding coaches who fit into the ethos of what Spagnuolo is installing in St. Louis. That included finding coaches he believed could relate to the players and teach them on a daily basis as well as guys with strong character.

                “The whole model was to get great teachers with high character and the only way to really know how somebody...
                -02-13-2009, 05:23 AM
              • NJ Ramsfan1
                Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo- disturbing
                by NJ Ramsfan1
                "I'm not mad at the team"
                "I have no explanation for it. I wish I did"

                These are two quotes from Steve Spagnuolo in a couple of the STL Today articles in today's paper. The more I read, the more I see quotes like this from him. If this is a sampling of Coach Spags true assessment, then we're in a helluva lot of trouble. And I question whether he's the guy to bring us back to being a good team.

                I understand it is counterproductive to just fly off at the handle. But if you're not mad at the team following yesterday's disgraceful debacle, something is seriously wrong. And if you can't explain WHY this team has strung together three consecutive poor performances- each one worst than the last- then HOW do you expect to fix it?

                These coaches and players should be confined to the facility until they find some answers.
                -09-26-2011, 04:34 AM
              • RamWraith
                Rams coach is learning on the job
                by RamWraith
                By Jim Thomas
                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                Friday, Feb. 13 2009
                Steve Spagnuolo hit the ground running Jan. 17 when hired as the Rams' coach.
                Nearly four weeks later, he hasn't stopped. If he were a basketball player,
                he'd be referred to as a gym rat, because he hasn't been out in the sun much.

                Quite frankly, his new job has been overwhelming at times.

                "Yeah. But a good overwhelming," Spagnuolo said. "One of those overwhelming
                things you want to have happen to you. … We're just kind of chipping away as we
                go. And there's so many elements.

                "Free agency. College draft picks. Trying to put your schemes together.
                Learning the building. I keep on trying to meet everybody face to face in the
                building, so that's kind of ongoing. And trying to make sure my wife doesn't
                leave me."

                But at least he's got his coaching staff together. It's 20 members strong, if
                you include Spagnuolo. And the process of putting it together, Spagnuolo now
                admits, was tougher than he thought.

                "In your mind, you think things are going to fall a certain way," he said. "We
                all do it as coaches — you always dream of the day you're in this position. You
                hope to hire this person, that person. There's just a lot more to it. I learned
                that quickly and kind of tried to dance my way around. I'm sure I didn't do
                everything right. But I tried to limit the mistakes, I guess."

                Spagnuolo, hired by the Rams after two highly successful seasons as defensive
                coordinator for the New York Giants, has assembled a staff he knows. He makes
                no apologies for it. It was by design.

                "What I tried to do as a model, and I think we kept to it pretty much, was if I
                hadn't known somebody personally or worked with them, what I tried to do was
                have it just be one person removed," Spagnuolo said.

                So if Spagnulo didn't know a coaching candidate personally, he had somebody
                already on his staff who did.

                "As I look around the staff, that pretty much held true," he said. "That either
                somebody on the staff had worked with that person, or I had worked with them.
                What we were looking for — the whole model for all of the staff — was to get
                great teachers, high-character (people). And the only way to really know how
                somebody teaches is to see 'em in action."

                On Thursday, Spagnuolo formally introduced his three coordinators: Pat Shurmur
                (offense), Ken Flajole (defense) and Tom McMahon (special teams).

                Spagnuolo also clarified the job descriptions of three coaches who when hired
                were given generic titles of offensive or defensive assistants: Frank Leonard
                will coach tight ends, Paul Ferraro will coach linebackers...
                -02-13-2009, 05:23 AM
              • RamWraith
                Spagnuolo brings intensity to the job
                by RamWraith
                By Jeff Gordon
                STLTODAY.COM SPORTS COLUMNIST
                Monday, Jan. 19 2009
                As head coach of the Rams, former Dolphins offensive coordinator Scott Linehan
                was in well over his head.

                That became evident almost immediately. Linehan’s introductory news conference
                was a vanilla presentation. His regime started out vanilla . . . and then went
                sour as the losses mounted. He lacked the wherewithal to lead the whole group.

                Naturally, some fans were worried that Giants defensive coordinator Steve
                Spagnuolo could have similar issues making the transition to head coaching.

                Spagnuolo, though, harbors no such concerns and projects no such weakness.

                For 27 years he prepared for this opportunity. He has turned down other
                head-coaching opportunities and he only took this one because he believed it
                would work.

                From the look of things, Spagnuolo seems more than ready to take on this
                massive challenge. A shrinking violet, he is not.

                “You just feel down deep, as a confident person, that this is the next step,”
                Spagnuolo said during his introductory news conference at Rams Park on Monday
                morning.

                Spagnuolo has coached groups of players at a position. He has coached an entire
                defense. And now he will coach the Rams.

                “To me, only because I have a lot of confidence in myself, I believe it is a
                natural progression,” he said.

                Spagnuolo is not an imposing figure. He and Rams general manager Billy Devaney
                traded short jokes during their initial media session together. They go way
                back together, from their time with the Washington Redskins.

                Their mutual comfort makes them a natural football team. (This is more than
                they can say from their days as a basketball tandem, getting handled in pick-up
                games by their Redskin colleagues.)

                But Spagnuolo’s intensity is obvious. The man speaks directly. He has a quality
                glare. He didn’t offer elaborate thoughts about his plans for the team, but he
                spelled out his priorities clearly.

                “Quite simply stated, team first,” he said. "It will always be about the team.
                Nobody cares who gets the credit. It begins and starts there.”

                If you’ve watched the Giants play, you’ve seen his defense. He brought the
                aggressive blitz schemes with him from Philadelphia, where he spent eight years
                as an assistant coach.

                He won’t have the talent he had in Philly and New York, at least not initially,
                but he will bring the principles that worked elsewhere.

                The offense won’t be anything fancy.

                “Offenses get tagged,” Spagnuolo said. “You have the West Coast, you have this
                and that.

                “I would say offensively, you have to be able to run the football and...
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