Really? Steve Spagnuolo Edition

Today we are introducing a segment known as “Really?”, in which we try to deconstruct the arguments of the lunatic fringe of NFL fans.

In the overreaction from Sunday’s loss against the Arizona Cardinals, there have been calls from the lunatic fringe for the firing of Steve Spagnuolo 9 games into his first season as an NFL head coach.

Really?

Steve Spagnuolo has never been a head coach at any level prior to this season, and he is still getting his legs under him as an NFL head coach.  He is used to being the hands-on coordinator of the defensive unit and it will take a while for him to get used to the unique responsibilities of being a head coach.  Steve Spagnuolo has the calm and even demeanor to be a successful head coach and he is a natural leader.  He has the whole team buying into his system.

The Rams also have two first-time coordinators.  Both their offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator are holding those jobs for the first time in their careers.  Offensive coordinator Pat Shumur has never called plays in the NFL, and he is having growing pains as well.  What we haven’t seen from Coach Shurmur is the ability to go to a Plan B, if the power running game is not moving the football for the Rams.  Being that Shurmur is a rookie coordinator, I’m willing to give him some time to straighten it out.  That does not mean it is not frustrating, because it is.

Another trait about Steve Spagnuolo that we all know is that he is a conservative head coach.  He is not going to take big risks.  He advocates a blitzing defense, but that is the limit of his riskiness.  He will kick field goals on 4th and goal from the 2 to make the game an 8 point game, despite the fact that they would have to score from 2 yards out to get the 2 point conversion.

Additionally, Steve Spagnuolo is dealing with a roster that is starting to finally turn around after being stripped bare of talent by the mismanagement of Steve Spagnuolo and General Manager Billy Devaney’s predecessors.  It will take a year or two more to get the Rams back on level terms in the talent department.  So, why judge Coach Spagnuolo in his first year with a less-talented roster?

There is absolutely no reason to even consider firing the Rams coaching staff after only 10 games.


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One Response to “Really? Steve Spagnuolo Edition”

  1. Brandon M says:

    Spags should not be fired. It’s not his fault he doesn’t have talent around him (well, it sort of is). But he’s a good guy who has the respect of the players around him. Let him get some good players to stand around him, and lets see what happens then.

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