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Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo says he and his defensive players feel they've let their team down and recognize there's an urgent need to improve.
Spagnuolo says his unit was sometimes tentative and a step late on a handful of big plays in a 40-32 loss to Washington last week that marked the debut of his new defense with New Orleans.
He says his defenders will have to play a little faster against Cam Newton this Sunday in Carolina.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Spagnuolo makes adjustments well, and that it would be short-sighted to judge his defense after one sub-par performance.
Spagnuolo acknowledges he's had experience with his units playing better later in a season, but says his Saints have to improve now.
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After an exciting but tragic loss to the Detroit Lions, the St. Louis Rams will head home to take on the media frenzied Washington Redskins. The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis will play host to Robert Griffin III and the revitalized Redskin offense. Coming off a 40 point opener, and a big win against the New Orléans Saints, Washington is favored against an injured Rams team. ...
In a minor move this morning, the Rams have agreed to terms with quarterback Kellen Clemens on a non-guaranteed contract, upgrading their depth at the position and pushing rookie Austin Davis back to the third string spot.
Clemens previously held the primary backup spot behind starter Sam Bradford, but with his previous deal calling for a $700,000 salary, St. Louis elected to release...
After watching two offensive lineman go down and seeing quarterback Sam Bradford get sacked on three occasions, it did not take long for the St. Louis Rams to make a roster move to accommodate the risk of carrying just two quarterbacks behind a shaky and injury riddled offensive line.
The Rams have brought back quarterback Kellen Clemens. The Rams now have three quarterbacks...
ST. LOUIS Sam Bradford refuses to let this be about him. He chooses not to hear the chatter. He tunes out comparisons to rookie Robert Griffin III, the unwanted static, because failing to do so would be a distraction.
He says he doesnt pay attention to the media as he faces a scrum after practice. The statement shows his scars. Its Wednesday afternoon in the locker room at Rams...
The St. Louis Rams are thin on the offensive line heading into the home opener, with tackle Rodger Saffold (neck) questionable and rookie guard Rokevious Watkins (ankle) out against the Washington Redskins.
Defensive tackles Michael Brockers (high ankle) and Matt Conrath (knee) were ruled out for the second straight week on Friday. Rookie backup tight end Mike McNeill (ankle) was...
According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams have ruled out defensive tackle Michael Brockers from this week’s game against the Redskins.
As expected, Rams DT Brockers (ankle), DT Conrath (knee), and LG Watkins (ankle) all ruled out for Washington.
— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 14, 2012
ST. LOUIS (AP) The day before the St. Louis Rams' opener, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis signed a five-year contract extension. The business of sport out of the way, he put up the usual double-digit tackle day.
Laurinaitis led the Rams in tackles his first three seasons and he got a nice head start on making it four straight after participating in 15 tackles in the loss...
Fort Lauderdale University School freshman Sam Bruce is getting varsity playing time with a loaded roster. The youngster is the nephew of former NFL star Isaac Bruce.
Before Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, the St. Louis Rams will hand out fake Jeff Fisher mustaches to fans in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports the team has filed paperwork with Guinness in order to best the world record of 227 people wearing fake mustaches [...]
Washington Redskins (1-0) at St. Louis Rams (0-1)
I had the Rams as one of my underrated teams coming into the season. They improved 6 games in 2010, but, as could have been predictable, regressed 5 games last year. Teams that have a large improvement in win total typically regress the following season and vice versa. They should bounce back this year. Teams that regress 5 games...
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Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams
Sunday: September 16th
When the Redskins went into New Orleans week 1, only the extreme faithful of Redskins Nation, and probably people within the Redskins organization for that matter, believe the Skins had the firepower to keep up with the Saints.
My how things change...
Robert Griffin III was the first rookie ever to throw for over 300 yards and 2 or more TD without throwing an interception.
RGIII certainly is capable of becoming a future Pro Bowler, but the talent around may decide his fate at Washington.
There are a bevy of decent backs and receivers to allow RGIII to succeed, but everybody needs to relax about this future stud becoming a current...