Monday, August 24, 2009

NFL Preview Show Extravaganza: St. Louis Rams

There's a new sheriff in St. Louis and his name is Steve Spagnuolo. He is the type of defensive presence the Rams need to get out of the cellar.

Spagnulo did wonders for the Giants during his tenure there as defensive coordinator. He indeed was a vital part of the Giants Super Bowl a couple of seasons ago. Spagnuolo turned the Giants into a top 10 defense in just two seasons.

He also played a strong role in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Jim Johnson. His resume is impressive and it's nice to see him get a head coaching job in the NFL.

Spagnuolo definitely is the right man for the job in St. Louis. The Rams have been one of the league's worst on defense in the previous four seasons. In fact, the Rams haven't been a top 10 defense since the 2001 season.

In 2008, the Rams gave up 29 points per game, second worst in the NFL. There weren't many, if any, bright spots on the Rams defense last season. James Hall led the team in sacks with 6.5. O.J Atogwe led the team in interceptions with 5.

Even last year's first round pick Chris Long had a "meh" type of year. Yeah he picked up four sacks, but that was it. He is well overdue for a better season in 2009.

At the very least, Spagnuolo can bring some calm to a ruffled Rams team. The Scott Linehan experiment was not working and nobody bought into him. Nobody expects Spagnuolo to get the Rams to the playoffs. However, if he can get the Rams winning six games, including games against key division opponents, he'll surely be on the right track.

Burnin' questions time:

Most Offensive Player: Steven Jackson
Most Defensive Player: Leonard Little
Best New Guy: James Laurinaitus
Coolest Twitter Page: Steven Jackson
Team Song: Roll Over Beethoven- Chuck Berry
Coolest Names: Sorry, but Spagnuolo wins this one
Most Likely to Succeed: Steven Jackson
In 2009, the Rams will go: 6-10

Tomorrow, we'll profile the Seahawks.

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