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  • Rams special teams coach Fassel likely leaving for Dallas

    From Tom Pelissero on Twitter...

    The #Cowboys are expected to hire John “Bones” Fassel as their special teams coordinator, sources tell me and @RapSheet. One of the NFL’s best. Fassel’s contract was up with the #Rams, whom he helped to the Super Bowl last season. Mike McCarthy building a superstaff in Dallas

  • #2
    Oh hell no

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    • #3
      It is really great that the Rams are already stirring things up among their team office personnel, i.e., early but, this move ...

      not good! (>-<)

      What happened!

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      • #4
        Why wouldn't we beat whatever they're offering? Maybe he's just sick of L.A. living? This state is a sinking ship ran by control hungry psychopaths after all.

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        • #5
          Maybe I'm in the minority, but I don't think this is a big deal in and of itself. Fassel is highly regarded for sure, but he's not responsible for the natural abilities of Hekker and Zeurlein, who make any coach look good. Kickoff coverages today are 90% ceremoniously running down the field and watching the ball sail into the end zone. That leaves punt returns and coverage as really the most critical elements of special teams now as far as coaching is concerned. Not trying to downplay his contributions and say he's unimportant, but I don't feel it's a reach to think another person can join the staff and do a solid job.

          What I AM worried about is what seems to be a wholesale revamping of our entire coaching staff. To think this won't come without some major bumps in the road next season is asking a helluva lot.
          Last edited by NJ Ramsfan1; -01-08-2020, 05:10 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RamFan_Til_I_Die View Post
            Why wouldn't we beat whatever they're offering? Maybe he's just sick of L.A. living? This state is a sinking ship ran by control hungry psychopaths after all.
            Well I don't know about all that, but his state income tax would go from 12.3% to 0.0%. I could see where that might be an appeal.

            The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HUbison View Post
              Well I don't know about all that, but his state income tax would go from 12.3% to 0.0%. I could see where that might be an appeal.
              And gas goes down a buck, and and and....

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              • #8
                Listen I understand it. I made the move from L.A. TO TEXAS 10 years ago. I won't give up rooting for the Rams or Lakers but I can do without Cali.

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                • #9
                  Bones was a good energetic guy that I personally was fond of. He did great job as the ST coach. Not someone I wanted to see leave. I think the players appreciated his style.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MACrammer View Post
                    Bones was a good energetic guy that I personally was fond of. He did great job as the ST coach. Not someone I wanted to see leave. I think the players appreciated his style.

                    Nice, positive opinion, 'make no Bones about it'.

                    Sorry. (^_^)


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                    • #11
                      This one has me scratching my head. My only thought is that there are wholesale changes being made now to the coaches, perhaps later to the players The message is failure will not be tolerated and by many measures this season was a failure.

                      With the departure of Fassel, I now wonder how the Rams will treat Zeurlein in his negotiation. After all his misses, and this season there seemed to be more than previous years the Rams may be looking elsewhere. I agree with NJ that these changes could have a bumpy impact on the 2020 season.

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                      • #12
                        I think the fake punt play deep in our own zone in the SF game was called without mcvay knowledge and it was the last straw. just a guess
                        ramming speed to all

                        general counsel

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post
                          This one has me scratching my head. My only thought is that there are wholesale changes being made now to the coaches, perhaps later to the players The message is failure will not be tolerated and by many measures this season was a failure.

                          With the departure of Fassel, I now wonder how the Rams will treat Zeurlein in his negotiation. After all his misses, and this season there seemed to be more than previous years the Rams may be looking elsewhere. I agree with NJ that these changes could have a bumpy impact on the 2020 season.
                          Assuming this was the Rams decision. This might have been Fassel wanting to work with McCarthy.
                          The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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                          • #14
                            Whatever the reason, best to Fassell and his family. I always liked his spirit and energy...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by HUbison View Post

                              Assuming this was the Rams decision. This might have been Fassel wanting to work with McCarthy.
                              You're right. I thought of that after posting. I do think it will be interesting to see how the Rams handle the Greg Zeurlein negotiation.

                              I am able to identify 2 games where he was largely if not solely responsible for the loss. The Seattle game which we've all discussed to death and the Pittsburgh game where he missed a FG just prior to halftime. That resulted in us having to score a TD in the closing minutes rather than simply kick a FG when I believe we were in GZ's range. Critical miss in a low scoring game.

                              Just imagine today if we were 11-5 and Seattle was 10-6.

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