Steve Spagnuolo

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    December 27, 2012

    The Ram Defense By the Numbers

    The final game of the 2012 NFL regular season is upon us, as the Rams will travel to Seattle this week, into the maw of that nightmare the Seahawks call a homefield advantage. It's been a good season for the Rams, to be honest. Better than I personally expected. I wasn't particularly sanguine a ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Rams: Same Sorry-Ass Team in Jeff Fisher's Debut

    The Indianapolis Colts had just scored their third touchdown of the game -- on the way to a 38-3 rout of the Rams on Sunday -- when Fox broadcaster Andrew Siciliano turned to his partner in the booth, Marshall Faulk, and delivered a sermon of sorts about how important it is for St. Louis fans to pac ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012
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    January 4, 2012

    Spagnuolo and Devaney: What Went Wrong

    These guys had it right all along. ​Steve Spagnuolo, head coach of the St. Louis Rams, gone. Billy Devaney, general manager of the St. Louis Rams, gone. The two architects of this most recent era of Rams football were both fired Monday. It should come as no surprise to anyone, really, co ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    St. Louis Rams Wanna Wish You a Merry Christmas

    ​And how do they hope to accomplish that? A. By winning their last two games to improve their 2011 win percentage from .166 to .250? B. By intentionally losing their last two games in order to get the team a higher draft pick? C. By sending out a virtual holiday card wishing you and your family a ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    The Firing of Steve Spagnuolo

    ​​Things are bad for the Rams this season. I'm sure you didn't need me to tell you that, but there it is anyway. They were thought to be the class of a very weak NFC West division coming in, but such has not been the case. Instead, the San Francisco 49ers have emerged as the sleeping power so ma ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Miracle Weekend for Missouri Sports: Is God to Thank?

    The gift of life and the gift of winning.​October 28-30, 2011, may just go down as the greatest weekend for Missouri sports ever. On Friday the Cardinals won their 11th World Series title in one of the greatest come-from-behind stories ever in sports. On Saturday the struggling Missouri Tigers tra ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Bradley Fletcher Done For the Season

    ​Question: What does a circle and the 2011 St. Louis Rams have in common? Answer: Neither one has any corners!(Cue rim job.) Wait, no. Shot. Rim shot. Damn it. I always screw those two up. Which, coincidentally, is why you never, ever, ever want to go to a comedy club with me. It te ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Rams' Awfulness Explained in One Series of Downs

    ​I can tell you everything you need to know about the Rams' loss to the Washington Redskins Sunday -- and really, the Rams' whole season to this point -- with just one series of plays. It began with James Laurinaitis picking off Rex Grossman deep in Redskins' territory, returning the intercep ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Three Keys to Victory: Rams at Redskins

    ​The St. Louis Rams are in bad shape. Three games in, they have yet to get their first victory of the season, nor have they looked at all good yet in losing. This weekend they welcome in the Washington Redskins to the Edward Jones Dome, who come in with a 2-1 record built on the back of a surprisi ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    The Rams Embarrass Themselves Again

    The Newsboys: totally not ashamed. The Rams: totally should be. ​In what is quickly becoming St. Louis's version of Groundhog Day, the Rams beat themselves last night, with turnovers, foolish penalties, and pretty much any other variety of mistake you can think of the order of the day. It did ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Rams at Giants: The Monday Night Football Preview

    Ah, the only Monday Night Football crew worth caring about. Quite a long fall from here to the current crew. ​There was just enough hype surrounding the Rams coming into this season that the breakdown the team suffered in week one against the Eagles was actually noticed. By pretty much everyone. S ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Scouting Report: Rams Can Beat Philadelphia in Week One

    It's a Scout. On a completely off-topic note, I really wish I had one of these. ​I admit, I am an obsessive watcher of sports. I love our hometown teams, of course, but I can watch a game I have no rooting interest in almost as easily. In fact, I would say close to 90% of my television viewing is ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Rams: One Step Forward, One Back with Leber Signing and Laurinaitis Injury

    commons.wikimedia.orgLaurinaitis, just hanging out and looking like a linebacker should look. ​There's a bit of very exciting news floating around Rams Park currently, as the team is reportedly very close (read: pretty much done), to having a deal in place with Vikings free agent outside linebacke ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Rams: Let's Hope the Season is as Good as Free Agency

    ​Training camp for NFL franchises is well underway, and the most frantic part of free agency is now past. That's not to say there aren't still moves to be made and players to be signed, but the bulk of the important deals have already happened. We can look around and get at least a fair idea of wh ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    A Remarkably Good Day for the Rams

    Steve Holt is excited about the Rams' big Tuesday, and you should be too. ​The Rams may have just had one of the best days in their long history as a franchise yesterday. In fact, I would go so far as to say it was a day any fan of the Rams should remember as a day for celebration from now until t ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    5 Keys to Free Agency for the Rams

    Aren't you ready for some football?​It's 120 degrees outside, maybe more. I saw a bird burst into flames a little while ago as it flew past the window, and the soles of my shoes are gummy, sticking to the pavement with every step. So, of course, the thing at the very top of my mind is America's fa ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Rams' Draft 2011: Wonderlic'd

    Vince Young holds one of the most famous low Wonderlic scores in recent history, prompting plenty in the NFL to question whether he had the acumen to make it as a quarterback in the pros. ​In case you've never heard of the Wonderlic test, here's the gist of it: it's a test designed to measure the ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Are the Rams Really Gunning for Plaxico Burress?

    commons.wikimedia.orgBrandon Gibson has taken some flak as a member of the Rams' much-maligned receiving corps. How easy would it be to upgrade? ​Okay, so before I really even get into this I have to admit the title is really kind of a stretch. See, I'm really writing about two troubled wide recei ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Oshiomo-gone: Atogwe Takes His Talents East

    The Redskins certainly did pay a pure premium to bring in their new O.J. Oh come on, nothing? Not one single laugh? Man, tough crowd. ​You know, I had actually been considering not writing about Oshiomogho Atogwe's contract situation yesterday. I thought to myself, "Y'know Aaron, maybe you sh ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Rams' Draft 2011: Linebackers At the Combine

    ​We all know the Rams desperately need help at the outside linebacker position. A combination of poor play and injuries resulted in an ineffective linebacker corps in 2010, and the defense suffered accordingly. Too often we watched the Rams get burned on passes underneath, as well as running plays ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Rams Also Winners on Super Bowl Weekend

    commons.wikimedia.orgMarshall Faulk, playing what I imagine is a digital version of himself in an XBox football game. ​So there was this game held over the weekend, called the Super Bowl, and the St. Louis Rams were, sadly, not a part of it. Shocking, I know, but them's the breaks. I would argue, ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011
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    January 24, 2011

    Playing Not to Lose (Pay Attention, Spags!)

    ​I have to say, yesterday lived up to my full expectations as a football fan. I went in hoping to see two tough, hotly contested games, and neither game disappointed. Neither the NFC nor AFC Championship game was decided by more than a single score, and neither one gave fans any chance of turning ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    The Rams Got Their Man. Now What?

    commons.wikimedia.orgNow tell me that's not a face that you just want to fall in love with. Go ahead. Can't do it, can you? ​It turned out to be much more interesting and convoluted than most of us had expected, with a negotiations breakdown and last-minute rumors of Seattle involvement, but in th ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    What the Rams Can Learn From the Jets Defeat of Patriots

    commons.wikimedia.orgBill Belichick is still the smartest coach in the NFL. He doesn't make many plays on the field, though. ​It wasn't supposed to end like this for the New England Patriots. It wasn't supposed to be this way at all. They were the unbeatable playoff monster, the team that put up 3 ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    Rams Coach Spagnuolo Wins Ass Clown of the Week

    image viaLadies and gentlemen, we have a winner!​The Rams may be absent from the playoffs this year, but Coach Steve Spagnuolo is still a winner...of the highly-coveted Ass Clown of the Week! Last week, you may recall, the coach fired longtime equipment manager Todd Hewitt. The competition wa ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Ass Clown of the Week: Hamburglars, Angry Aldermen, Spags and a Real Weasel

    ​Once again, it's been a fruitful few days for Daily RFT's Ass Clown of the Week nominees. You know the rules. Vote for the local news maker who you think committed the dirtiest and/or most shameful deed of the past seven days. And the nominees...1. Chris Heuring: The Benton, Missouri, man was cha ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Thoughts on Pat Shurmur's Imminent Departure

    Pat Shurmur is expected to be named the Cleveland Browns' next head coach in the very near future.​The announcement is expected to come sometime today that Pat Shurmur, current Rams' offensive coordinator and former Most Hated Man in St. Louis will be the new coach of the Cleveland Browns. (He got ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Days After Firing, Rams Equipment Manager Sits Down with RFT to Reflect

    ​ Last Friday, Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt arrived to the team's Earth City complex at 5:50 a.m. -- 20 minutes late by his standards. It'd been a long week. The previous Sunday the Rams had dropped their season-ending game to the Seahawks, losing their bid to the playoffs. Hewitt had s ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Rams Equipment Manager Bigger Failure Than Spagnuolo? Really?

    Today's comment comes from our interview with Todd Hewitt, who was fired last week by Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo after 26 years as the team's equipment manager. Spagnuolo and the team did not provide an explanation for Hewitt's dismissal. The former equipment manager tell Daily RFT that Spagnuo ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Rams 20 - Chargers 17: Bringing the Big 12 to the NFL

    Image viaBad memories be damned, Mizzou fans shouldn't mind that Bradford is a Sooner.​Raise your hand if you thought Danario Alexander was going to emerge as the deep threat the Rams so desperately need this season.You there, way in the back wearing the black-and-gold Mizzou jersey, step forward ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Rams 20 - Seahawks 3: A Team That Can Win Any Given Sunday?

    Image viaDid Steve Spagnuolo do his Al Pacino impression before the game yesterday?​Sometime in the second half of yesterday's impressive thumping of the Seattle Seahawks, Al Pacino appeared on the Jumbotron at the Edward Jones Dome. It was the scene from Any Given Sunday, in which Pacino plays an ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Rams 30, Redskins 16

    ​I have to admit, I'm a little bit concerned. About the Rams, I mean. Oh, yeah, sure, they won yesterday, and I'm sure that's just ducky for all the rest of you. But what about me? I have exactly zero experience in writing about a good football team, and honestly, I don't even know where to b ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Analyzing the Good, Bad and Ugly of Rams Opener

    Don't worry, guys. I think the day just might be coming when you can take those bags off. ​Okay, hold your hand up in front of your face. Extend your index finger. Now, take your thumb and hold it about half an inch away from you finger. Resist the temptation to pretend you're crushing someone's h ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Dissecting the Rams Draft Deal Discussion

    The scene outside Rams Park, as protesters march against the injustice of giving $45 million to a completely unproven commodity. ​Less than a week from the NFL draft, there's been plenty to talk about lately, particularly the revelations coming from the Cleveland Browns' front office regarding tal ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Our Long Gridiron Nightmare is Over*: Marc Bulger Released from Rams

    ​Yes, Marc Bulger was released today -- two-and-a-half weeks prior to the NFL draft and the Rams predicted pick of Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford.As the Sporting News reports this afternoon, Bulger compiled a 41-54 record during his eight seasons taking snaps for the Rams. Said Rams coach Steve Spagnuol ... More >>

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    January 25, 2010

    The Problem With the Rams, Revealed at Last!

    It was the trainer. Yep, you heard me. The trainer was the reason the Rams only won a single game in the 2009-2010 season. Not the impotent offense, not the porous defense, not the coaching, not the players. It was the trainer. After his first season as head coach of the St. Louis Rams, St ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    A Fond Farewell to Richie Incognito

    Incognito waves bye-bye to his teammates before catching a very short bus. ​How will St. Louis remember the Richie Incognito era? I guess none of us ever thought this day would really come, and now that it's here, I wonder if the city will be able to handle it. The final straw came Sunday, wh ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Rams Release Richie Incognito, Mayor Slay Approves

    It only took two headbutting penalties in one half and a sideline shouting match with the head coach for it to happen, but the St. Louis Lambs Rams have finally released their infamous liability of an offensive lineman, Richie Incognito.Image Via​The team made the move official by posting this bri ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Game Notes: Saints 28, Rams 23 -- The Great Leap Forward

    Okay, Rams fans, now you should be excited. ​Two weeks ago, after the Rams beat the Detroit Lions for their first victory in over a year, I played the role of buzzkill, trying to explain why it wasn't all that encouraging the Rams won. Sure, it was nice to finally erase that big ugly zero fro ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Missouri Loves Company: St. Louis and Detroit Sadly Aren't so Different

    What could possibly be intriguing about the St. Louis Rams vs. Detroit Lions match-up on Sunday -- the game that pits the two worst NFL teams in recent memory against each other? pre-grame graphic on the Detroit Lions web site seems to promise helmet-smashing footbal ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Hey, Rams Fans, It Could Be Worse

    ​Let's face it, folks; it's tough being a St. Louis Rams fan these days. Sure, they took the Jacksonville Jaguars into overtime yesterday before losing, but the Jags aren't exactly the '85 Bears or anything. They're 0-6, the offense is just flat-out awful, the defense is routinely getting beaten u ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    A Metaphor For the Rams Season: "The Most Pathetic Baby Panda Ever"

    Just four miserable weeks into the season, and what's left to say about the 2009 St. Louis Rams? They are the worst football team in the NFL, and perhaps one of the worst teams of all-time. That about sums it up.But while Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell makes a convincing argument that the pen ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Is Richie Incognito A Few Fries Short of Happy Meal?

    www.turfshowtimes.comIncognito quotes "The Goonies": Heeeyyy you guys..."​To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the Rams suck. Again. New head coach Steve Spagnuolo may have said all the right things during the off-season, but it was still the same sucky players on the field making the same ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009
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    August 12, 2009

    Rams Odds of Winning Super Bowl: 80 to 1

    This is not a good year to "double down" on the Rams.​Hey, it could be worse. Back in February Las Vegas gave St. Louis a 100-1 chance of winning the 2010 Super Bowl. Apparently, the odds makers like the direction new head coach Steve Spagnuolo is taking team in bumping the chances up to 80-1. Sti ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    One Piece at a Time: Building the Rams' Defense

    You know, if you had told me just a couple of years ago that signing Ron Bartell was going to be of paramount importance for the Rams to have any chance of being competitive, I probably would have laughed in your face.

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    February 4, 2009

    The Great "Quality Control" Mystery

    The coaching staff under new Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo staff is almost assembled, as the Rams announced yet another wave of hires on Monday. I'll be honest with you; I don't really know much of anything about any of those guys. I am happy to see the new coaching staff take shape relativel ... More >>

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    January 19, 2009

    New York Post Sprouts Horns Over Signing of Steve Spagnuolo to Rams

    Apparently the sports editors at New York Post were not happy with New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo signing a four-year, $11.5-million deal to become the new head coach of the Rams. Here's the cover of the Post's sports section yesterday. What's with them referring to St. Louis ... More >>

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