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Is Linehan in Trouble in St.Louis?

While you might think of coaches like Tom Coughlin of the Giants and Romeo Crennel of Cleveland on the hot seat, one would never think of Scott Linehan as being a coach that could be shown the door soon. Would you? That is where the Rams stand after Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the 49’ers as Linehan might just find himself looking for work if he cannot rally the troops and get the team playing better after two home losses to start the season.

The team has been beaten up badly with injuries, and Sunday had to play with a number of offensive linemen hurt, and a secondary that is so banged up that they are going to have to force Tye Hill back as soon as possible from a back injury. Linehan is 8-10 in his season plus two games as Rams coach, and right now he is at a critical part of his coaching tenure. Last year the Rams started 4-1, then tanked it before winning the last three games of the season. Now at 0-2 though, all the high hopes that took place in February through August seem to be out the window.

Give Linehan credit, he is not shying away from taking blame from the issues that currently face the Rams. “We haven’t been able to finish games for two weeks in a row and that falls on the head coach,” he said during his post-game news conference Sunday. “We have to find ways to win. When we lead at halftime and lead in the third quarter, we have to find a way to sustain it and finish out games. It is my responsibility and it falls on my shoulders, period.”

St.Louis has to play better on both sides of the ball. Steven Jackson has not run well, Marc Bulger has not had a lot of time to throw, and Sunday the defense gave up just enough points to allow the 49’ers to escape with a win. “We will stay positive, we will work hard daily,” Linehan said. “We will continue to work on the solutions to problems and not focus on the negative. For every negative thing that comes out of a loss, you have to deal with it. That is what professional sports is all about. You are happy when you win and miserable when you lose.”

For Linehan, the winning better start soon, or he may stay miserable when he is out of a job.

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One Response to “Is Linehan in Trouble in St.Louis?”

  1. keith salazar says:

    I understand that the nfl is a what have you done for me lately sport. but in a head coach that has very talented players with injury or out for the season. I feel bad for him. I like linehan, and what he can do as far as offence. its not all his falt that coach martz and the front office didnt draft well. having a patchwork offensive line that cant get better because there is no cotnuity. defferent people every week. you tell me what head coach in the nfl that has had tas manny injuries as the rams, and actually had a winning season.they need to get back to the short passing game and try running the ball a bit more. bulger cannot take as many hits as he has or he wont make it.the greatest show on turf may be over. but st louis can be and in my opinion can be a force to recon with. keep your head up coach. I still thin it will get better.

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