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  • Coach Steve Spagnuolo on Day One ..

    Posted >Tue, May 18, 2010 03:15
    by Nick Wagoner

    - Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo discussed a variety of topics after Tuesday's practice. Here's the transcript from that conversation.

    (Opening remarks)
    “Let me hit you with injuries. Roger Allen didn’t practice. You know about him. Danny Fells, that’s from the end of the season. You guys know about Steven (Jackson) and Chris Massey. Jacob Bell was the one that was not out there. Last week, Monday or Tuesday during our running program, (he had) a little issue with his knee. He had an MRI, so they did a scope on it today. Now he’ll probably miss four to six weeks, which means he won’t be in the OTA’s but he’ll be fine for training camp. So the thought was get it taken care of so we’re okay for training camp. Everybody else was either limited or participated full. I thought they got after it pretty good. The Good Lord cooperated with the weather, and it was just great to be out here. Having said that, I’ll open it up.”

    (On Bell’s specific injury)
    “It’s a knee, I can’t remember whether it was left or right. The way it was explained to me was there were just loose bodies in there. He’s had…I think prior, before he came here he had an issue with it, and it was more of a cleanup than anything else. But it was bothering him and we figured we’d do it now.”

    (On Steven Jackson’s timetable)
    “We’re hoping to get some OTA’s at the end, but not going to push anything. We’re going to tread lightly. He’s done great. He’s been out there, he’s been in the pool, he’s been rehabbing. He’s done everything you can do except for be out here and do the football, but we’ll basically, I hate to sound redundant, but we’ll go day to day on that.”

    (On if Jackson will be ready for contact by training camp)
    “That’s what we anticipate, yeah.”

    (On if Jackson hoped rest alone would help his back recover)
    “It was one of those things you hope you go… I think we’d all want to do that, and it has worked that way before. It just didn’t work this time, so he had a procedure done.”

    (On Bradley Fletcher’s status)
    “I don’t think I mentioned Bradley. He’s a limited guy right now, so he was out there doing some individual but didn’t do any of the team stuff. So he doesn’t get in anything competitive. But he’s just starting to do change of direction and hopeful that… I can’t really say that. I don’t know where he’ll be for training camp. We’ll just wait and see.”

    (On how WR Brooks Foster is coming along)
    “Great. I’ll tell you what, he’s had a tremendous offseason. I told him the other day he just looks like a different person. He just looks like a different man. These guys come here young looking out of college, but he looks like a man to me. I can’t tell you how he did today, just I can’t see all of it, but I thought he had a great offseason so far.”

    (On how Foster figures into the mix at receiver)
    “Yeah, he could jump right in there with the rest of those guys.”

    (On his impressions of QB Sam Bradford on his first day working with the veterans)
    “Good. I think he’s probably tell you, you’ll get to talk to him in a little bit, I think he’ll probably tell you the speed picked up a little bit from the rookie camp. I thought he threw some nice balls. He had a nice long ball down here that everybody was impressed with, but he did some good things.”

    (On how WR Laurent Robinson looks)
    “Great. He made a nice catch - some of these just kind of stick out – he made a nice catch on an under route. He’s another guy (Head Athletic Trainer) Reggie (Scott) has done a great job with rehabbing. He’s gotten himself ready to play in these OTA’s, which is what we wanted.”

    (On if they’re limiting Robinson at all)
    “No, he’s full. He’s not limited at all. He did everything.”

    (On how he plans to devide the first-team reps at quarterback)
    “Right now A.J. Feeley is getting them all, and then Sam and Keith (Null) kind of mix in with the two’s and three’s, and that won’t change until… somewhere in there we’ll give both Sam and Keith some reps with the first group just to get them used to it, but right now, all the reps are evenly split. It’s not like the one’s are getting more than the two’s or three’s. You want everyone to get a chance.”

    (On Bradford’s command in the huddle Tuesday)
    “I got no reason to think that today was any different than the rookie minicamp, but he’s doing a nice job with it. (joking) I’ll keep you posted if he messes up.”

    (On S Oshiomogho Atogwe’s health)
    “I talked to O.J. - it’s been a little while now, I’m going to guess a month ago – and he looked like he was doing good to me. He says he’s doing great. The reports are he’s doing really good, but I have not seen him in a while so I don’t really know.”

    (On WR Mardy Gilyard being robbed Monday night)
    “(Senior Director of Communications) Ted (Crews) just told me something when we were walking over here, so I don’t really have any details. I can get back to you on that on Thursday.”

    (On if he’d like to see the NFL policy change so that players like Gilyard could join their teams before their colleges finish classes)
    “I’m staying away from that one. The rule is there. It’s there because you want to respect the college graduation process. We’ll honor the rule, and Mardy’s honoring it, too.”

    (On the importance of OTA’s for a team that has so many new faces)
    “I think they’re important for everybody, every team. They’re certainly to us. It was just great to have the rookies and vets together. I mean, the last minicamp was rookies. I think they’re valuable. I believe that. I mean, the more time you can practice, the more time you can get out here and get used to each other, especially quarterbacks and receivers, DB’s talking to each other, linebackers… the whole communication thing, I think it’s real valuable. It’s not ‘real football’ because you don’t have the pads on, but I think there are a lot of things we can get done.”




    Rams OTAs Underway
    Posted >Tue, May 18, 2010 01:30
    by Nick Wagoner

    - The Rams kicked off their version of organized team activities on Tuesday morning with nearly a full complement of players available.

    - Tuesday's practice was the first of 19 over the next month that will include a five-practice minicamp in mid-June.

    - Guard Jacob Bell was absent from practice. He had a scope on his knee last week and will be out four to six weeks. Spagnuolo described it as a "clean up" and the Rams expect Bell back in the fold for training camp.


    - As expected, Rams not participating in the workout included running back Steven Jackson, safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, tight end Daniel Fells, long snapper Chris Massey and guard Roger Allen. All are coming off injuries and/or surgeries.

    - Cornerback Bradley Fletcher, receiver Keenan Burton and end C.J. Ah You were limited in their participation as they too rehab from injuries.

    - Among those back in the fold after recovering from injury are DT Gary Gibson, WRs Laurent Robinson and Brooks Foster, G Mark Setterstrom and OT Jason Smith.

    - One player coach Steve Spagnuolo said to be on the lookout for in the coming weeks is Foster. According to Spagnuolo, Foster had a really strong offseason in his rehab as well as in the conditioning program. For the record, Foster is No. 89 in your program.

    - Speaking of numbers, some news on that front for those that keep track of that sort of thing. Allen has switched to the No. 70 that became available on the trade of Alex Barron. Mark Lewis now wears the vacated No. 62 from Allen.

    - As for the new additions, it goes like this: LB Bobby Carpenter (52), LB Na'il Diggs (53), QB A.J. Feeley (4), S Kevin Payne (30), CB Kevin Dockery (35), G/C Hank Fraley (65), TE Darcy Johnson (87) and DT Fred Robbins (98).

    - Be back with more later.

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  • eldfan
    St. Louis Rams Team Report
    by eldfan
    New Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo promised his team the first few days of training camp would be "a bear," and while the weather wasn't too hot and the two-a-days had just one practice each day in full pads, the intensity was high as well as the hitting.
    During the first two morning practices, the ones in full pads, there were about 30 plays with live tackling.

    After the first day, Spagnuolo said, "We need to find out quickly - you've got to remember again it's a whole new staff and a lot of unknowns - really the only way to find out is to put them in those kind of situations. As we go along here every day we will decide how many of those periods will be live. It was really two periods and about 30 plays of live."

    When questioned further by the media, Spagnuolo winked and said, "Do you think it was tough? I didn't think it was that tough. It was physical."

    Of course, Spagnuolo did admit to something else: "I'm doing this every time. I've got my hands behind my back (crossing fingers)."

    Said linebacker Will Witherspoon, "Usually you don't go live that first day of pads but it's good. You really want to get the feel of hitting again, striking guys again. That was kind of the key point of it and getting the feel of hitting through a guy. It was great. I think it was good for everybody to come out here and just get moving and get in the momentum of the game."

    Added cornerback Ron Bartell, "One thing I have learned over the years is that it's a lot easier to be hard on guys and then kind of back off than it is to be light and try to get hard on guys again. I think he knows what he's doing. He knows when to let up. Right now, it's day two so I think we'll be fine."

    The hitting even included running back Steven Jackson.

    "He's got to get hit, everybody else has got to get hit," linebacker Chris Draft said. "We have got to get ready too. Right now, that's what we have. We have our chance to get out here, run to the ball and be able to tackle the ball. It doesn't matter who has it."

    Players have been running to the ball, gang tackling, and picking up even incomplete passes to run with it to get in the mindset of creating turnovers and making plays. While the defense has been maligned in recent seasons, Spagnuolo believes there's more there than is realized.

    "I think we've got guys with that kind of attitude," he said. "I do believe that. We've got to keep healthy. (But) we've got to do the things out here to kind of get ready for the competition that we're going to face going forward."

    Concluded Bartell, "You better have some attitude. I don't think we've carried the attitude the past couple years that we should've had, and we paid for it on the field. So (the coaches) are coming in, they're instilling...
    -08-03-2009, 08:55 AM
  • MauiRam
    Post Practice 12 – Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo – 8/9/10
    by MauiRam
    Tuesday, August 10 2010 @ 10:58 AM CDT
    Post Practice 12 – Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo – 8/9/10

    “You guys saw that (K) Josh Brown wasn’t out there kicking. He tweaked his hip, it’s going to be a day-to-day thing. There’s no sense in putting him out there to kick the ball. Now, I do think it’s good what we did because somewhere along the way that could happen in the middle of the game. (Special teams coordinator) Tom (McMahon) has worked to find a second kicker, it has been (WR) Jordan (Kent), it has been (TE) Danny (Fells) so I think it was good for those guys, maybe a blessing in disguise. (OT) Ryan McKee tweaked his back, didn’t go back in. (OT) Adam Goldberg…I’m going to say a hyper-extended elbow. (Head athletic trainer) Reggie (Scott) is going to MRI it and we’ll know a little bit more. Adam thinks he’ll be fine, but let’s wait and see what the pictures tell us. I thought they worked at it pretty good coming off a scrimmage at night. When I say a day off, they did lift and run yesterday so it wasn’t a full day off. They watched the film, but their bodies kind of had a day off. I thought they reacted pretty well this morning so we’ll get back out here again tonight and get another good one in.”

    (On his impressions of the scrimmage)

    “What jumped out at me right away…the little things bothered me at the scrimmage. When I sat down and watched the film after that night, what jumped out as a positive, I thought the offense had some juice that first series, both (QB) A.J. (Feeley) took us down and (QB) Sam (Bradford) got us down there. The flip side of that is when you go against yourself, that means something wasn’t very good on the other side. I didn’t like the big plays given up by defense. I’m using my old term here…there was some good, there was some bad, and we’re cleaning those things up. The little things on offense bothered me, the illegal formations, and the big plays on defense. Other than that, it’s about what you would expect on a scrimmage in the first week of training camp.”

    (On if he is still trying to get Bradford more reps)

    “There will be a few more. (Quarterback coach) Dick (Curl), (offensive coordinator) Pat (Shurmur), and I talked about that yesterday. He was at about 31 percent of all the reps, which is a third of them, up until the scrimmage. He got a good 45 percent in the scrimmage, he had like 33 reps. I think the next closest guy was like 15. We’ll increase that percentage a little bit here. A.J. is going to get fine-tuned and stay oiled up, and Keith (Null) and Thad (Lewis) are competing so we’re going to give them enough to compete, too.”

    (On if he is going to bring in a kicker for Saturday’s game)

    “May have to. (GM) Billy (Devaney) and I are talking about that right now. We’ll just do this day-to-day and if it gets to…Tom feels like if we have to do that we could do it Thursday and Friday and be OK.”
    ...
    -08-10-2010, 09:02 AM
  • MauiRam
    Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo – Pre-Training Camp Press Conference
    by MauiRam
    Tuesday, July 27 2010 @ 10:57 PM CDT
    Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo – Pre-Training Camp Press Conference,

    Contributed by: Shaky

    “Let me hit you with a couple of things. I appreciate everybody being here. It’s great to be back. I don’t know when it was I got back but we had a great time, (wife) Maria and I, on vacation. There was a good stretch where I got to be with my wife 24/7, which is a great thing. The tough part is when you go back to work here, you’re so excited about the football season, but you’re wife has to go from 24/7 with the husband to the complete opposite. But she’s doing good. I don’t know she might be (ready to be rid of me), you’ll have to ask her that question.



    “I’ve seen a number of players. The guys are excited, cranked up, and ready to go. It’s just a good time of the year and all the anticipation, so that part’s fun. I do want to say this: I’ve got to applaud the people in our building over the summer. The summer’s a break for the coaches and players, but there’s people in here continuing to work, marketing, ticketing, that do a tremendous job. (Executive Vice President of Football Operations/Chief Operating Officer) Kevin (Demoff) and his staff and (Executive Vice President of Marking & Sales) Bob Reif and a bunch of guys and gals here that really do a great job. Sometimes you feel guilty being on vacation when you know everybody’s back here working hard, but I think we’ll catch up on that with a little bit of work coming up here.

    Let me give you a quick, I know injuries from where we finished up back there in the spring I want to feed you. The tough one right now is (G) Mark Setterstrom to be quite honest with you. Mark did have surgery on that triceps. We’re going to have to make a roster move or decision here. It’ll either be IR (Reserve-Injured) or it’ll be PUP (Physically Unable to Perform). We’ll probably make a decision on that today sometime. I’ll have that forthcoming, but I have talked to Mark. I’ll give you the list of the rest of these guys, so kind of bear with me. (G) Roger Allen, (S) O.J. Atogwe, (TE) Danny Fells, (CB Bradley) Fletcher, (RB) Steven Jackson, (OT) Jason Smith, (G) Jacob Bell, (LS) Chris Massey and (OT) Roger Saffold are all guys that were not practicing in the spring. Right now, assuming that they pass a physical, and they haven’t seen the doctors and whatnot, they all should be a go. I talked to (Head Athletic Trainer) Reggie (Scott) this morning. They’re all doing really good. Now, some of them will be limited, but all of those guys will be practicing, which is a good sign. I think Reggie and his group did a great, tremendous job in the offseason here, this break. These guys were in here working. Their teammates were ever working out and they were here really working and rehabbing. I thought Reggie and his crew did a great job.



    A couple other things. You all saw the situation...
    -07-27-2010, 09:03 PM
  • MauiRam
    Post Practice 14 – Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo – 8/10/10
    by MauiRam
    Tuesday, August 10 2010 @ 08:27 PM CDT

    Contributed by: Shaky

    “Really, we got through pretty clean in this practice today. Last night I didn’t visit with you and I know you know (DE) Eugene Sims had a little hamstring tighten up on him, so he’s kind of day-to-day, which is disappointing from my point-of-view because I thought he was doing a really good job. These are reps you’re never going to get back as a young guy. I believe other than that, everything’s status quo. We kind of had to adjust a little bit today and improvise. I thought the guys did a good job. We had planned to go in full pads and then go down to shells, so that part wasn’t any different. We were not going to be in here at the beginning, but I thought it worked out pretty good. I thought the coaches did a great job, the equipment people, the trainers. We came in and had a pretty good practice when…what did it do outside? Lightning though, right? Good, because otherwise I would’ve felt bad coming in. It was the lightning we were really most concerned about.”

    (On if he had to be convinced to bring the team indoors)

    “No, a couple of bolts ran there…(Head Athletic Trainer) Reggie (Scott) gave me the, ‘I think we’re treading on tough territory,’ so we came in.”



    (On how he would characterize his three rookie DEs)

    “Young. They’re all working at it. They’ve all got little things they’ve got to learn. Probably for all three of them, it’s playing what we call a ‘six technique,’ playing head up on the tight end and playing the run game. All three of them flash pretty good in the pass game and they know they’ve got to do that, but it’s probably the run game where they need the most reps and need the most work.”



    (On how he sees the competition at TE stacking up)

    “I’ll tell you what, I was kind of going through that a little bit myself yesterday morning or one of these mornings and…very stiff. We’ve got five guys. The young guys are pretty good football players. You’ve got three guys that have played in the league a little bit. Billy (Bajema) and Danny (Fells) were here with us last year. Darcy (Johnson) has played a lot in the NFL. That’s a good position to watch.”



    (On Bajema in particular and the kind of camp he’s having)

    “He’s Billy; he has a solid camp. The other thing he adds to us is he’s the second long snapper, the second snapper. He does that with (special teams coordinator) Tom (McMahon). He’s made a few catches. His value, just like last year, he’s a solid guy. Came in, could block for us.”



    (On Bajema’s blocking reputation despite his catching ability)

    “I told him not to think that way, that we saw him as a tight end. In this offense, the tight end gets the ball thrown to him.”



    (On DT Fred Robbins)

    ...
    -08-10-2010, 10:19 PM
  • evil disco man
    Rams Interviews 8/4 & 8/5 (Spags, Bulger, Jackson)
    by evil disco man
    Morning Practice – Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo – August 4, 2009


    (On if FB Mike Karney was injured)

    “Yeah he had an ankle that he tweaked yesterday so we’re being cautionary. We kept him out.”


    (On if CB Ron Bartell’s left leg was injured)

    “He was fine in practice. Yeah I think he had a sleeve on there. I think that’s pretty much more precautionary than anything else. Or for looks. One or the other.”


    (On S James Butler)

    “He dinged his knee. He tried to come out and get through it but again more precautionary. Why put the stress on it now?”


    (On if Butler will need an x-ray)

    “I don’t think so but I will talk with (Head Athletic Trainer) Jim (Anderson) a little bit more on it.”


    (On if he is ‘knocking on wood’ that no players have suffered any significant injuries during training camp)

    “Yeah, where is the wood? Don’t do that. We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that. We still have a long way to go.”


    (On if he wishes the weather was warmer)

    “You know I am torn on that because the adage would be to get the hot weather to make it tougher on them but you know what, you get a lot of work done when the weather is like this (cool) because they are a little bit fresher. They get a little bit more in tune and not thinking of heat and just thinking about playing. Whatever the weather is we’re going to practice in it. We’ll take it.”


    (On his evaluation of QB Marc Bulger’s accuracy)

    “Steady. You hit the nail on the head. Accuracy. He is a very accurate quarterback. A couple throws the other day…I’m not sure how many other quarterbacks could have made those throws. If he keeps doing that and stays steady and (Offensive Coordinator) Pat (Shurmur) and (Assistant Head Coach and Quarterbacks Coach) Dick (Curl) keep working with him, he’ll be ok.”


    (On RB Samkon Gado)

    “Samkon is doing a good job. Smart veteran. He’s got some good size to him. He has been playing a little bit of fullback so it makes him a little versatile. In this league if you can do more than one thing, your rate of survival is a little bit better.”


    (On if he thought today’s practice was sluggish)

    “I thought today was OK. I didn’t really see indications of that. We were kind of bobbing and weaving in there around what was possibly rain so we had a plan to maybe run indoors. I was probably the sluggish one earlier because I was trying to decide whether to flip the schedule and move some team pairs around but luckily we got through OK.”


    (On if moving indoors will prohibit any drills this afternoon)

    It won’t affect this afternoon’s practice. No, that is pretty smooth because it is mostly team and the facility is great for that.”...
    -08-05-2009, 07:33 PM
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