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Rams Showing No Sign Of Good Coaching

In the NFL, the world of franchises rallying from poor seasons to playoff seasons, the Rams have been except from that rule as they have regressed from 3 wins to 2 wins to 1 win last season.  The Rams have 0 wins in 2 chances so far in 2010.  This is all to obvious to all Rams fans.  This season the Rams have lost two winnable games to teams that got blown out in their only other game.

But, why?  Is it possible the Rams are not a well-coached team?

A few signs of good coaching in the NFL are game plans with mid-game adjustments, beating other teams with equal talent and avoiding penalties.  The Rams coaching staff have been unable to make adjustments mid-game over 18 games, the best example was week 2 in 2010 where they were out-coached by Tom Cable.  Cable is not known for his game management and instead is known mostly for physically beating up on his assistants that don’t agree with him.

Well-coached teams are able to beat teams with similar talent and find a way to win close games.  Over the last two years under the current regime, the Rams have been unable to do  either.  The Rams only beat a closely matched Detroit team in 2009 and have lost to two evenly matched squads in 2010.  The Rams have found a way to lose close games over the past two seasons.  Close losses have been seen as “moral victories” even though innumerable mistakes lead to those losses.  But the mistakes persist.

Spagnuolo did not take any of the blame when asked why his team did not make adjustments at half time like the Oakland Raiders saying “we make adjustments all game long” and the problem was “execution not adjustments”.  So, the reasons that the blitz did not get to a more mobile Gradkowski or that runs up the middle did not work when there was one more defender in the box than in the first half was because of execution?  Spagnuolo had a chance to take the blame for the problems the Rams had in the second half against Oakland.  But, he decided to instead blame his players while covering his own ass.  I’m sure Spagnuolo is frustrated, we all are.  But, blaming your players to the media is not the way to get all your players rowing in the same direction and preventing further mistakes.

By all accounts Coach Spagnuolo has the Rams motivated, buying in to his plan and focused.  But yet, they continue to make mistakes and penalties.  The Rams gave away points and time on the clock with repeated clueless 15 yard penalties.  They were mostly penalty free in Week 1, but as the Rams got frustrated in Week 2, the penalties came.  Just like an undisciplined squad.

I like Spags, I really do, but he is not making himself look good with the Rams over the past two seasons.  Someone is going to have to make some adjustments soon and for Coach Spagnuolo’s sake, I hope the first person is not Stan Kroenke.


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