Ravens vs. Steelers Sunday Night—best battle on the NFL schedule…

It’s a great matchup of two traditional division rivals both at 5-3 and playing a meaningful game in prime time. It will be a chilly night in Pittsburgh, but there will be plenty of heated emotion down on the turf. The trend going into this game is the Steelers are playing much better on offense and defense since they lost to the Ravens back on September 11 in Baltimore. The...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Things to Look for in Saints at Browns

The best part of the game today is that once it starts we can start focusing on it as fans and at least momentarily leave behind the painful ending of week 1 in Atlanta. I’m not ready to call this game a “must win” but going 0-2 to start the season would be a big hole to climb out of. This is certainly a winnable game for the Saints and it’s critical to play well if they...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints defense week 1: Spagnuolo back?

I will not panic. I will not panic. I will not panic. Those were my repeated words on Sunday while watching the Saints lose to the Falcons in the Georgia Dome 37-34. On one hand, the week one loss to the biggest division rival was not that big of a shock to me. I previously called it a trap game of sorts. A rival that always plays the Saints closely + an away game for a team that...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints lose 37-34 in overtime to Falcons

That was hard to stomach, but the Saints start the season 0-1 behind one of the worst defensive performances I’ve seen by the team. It was reminiscent of the Steve Spagnuolo era. Marques Colston had a critical fumble in overtime to gift wrap it for the Falcons, but make no mistake, this one is entirely on the defense. The Falcons gained 568 total yards including a Falcons team...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

S Camp: Which Baltimore Raven will be the playmaking ballhawk?

The safety position is one of the most important positions on the defensive side of the ball in today’s NFL, as they are the last line of defense in a pass driven league. Heading into training camp, the Ravens will try to determine just who gets to cover the back end of the defense in coverage. For starters, 2013 first-round pick, Matt Elam, makes his transition to his natural...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Are Greg Robinson’s struggles reason for concern?

I’m sure there are countless St. Louis Rams fans who wake up in a cold sweat after nightmares of the 2009 NFL Draft (including our own managing editor). Lord knows former general manager Billy Devaney and former head coach Steve Spagnuolo sure do (please note the emphasis on “former”). In that draft, with the second overall pick, the Rams selected Jason Smith, tackle out of...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Improved New Orleans Saints defensive backs may be better than the Legion of Boom

New Orleans Saints cornerbacks Keenan Lewis and Corey White celebrate Lewis’ interception againt the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17 of the 2013 regular season.(Photo credit: Crystal LoGuidice/USA TODAY Sports). When Rob Ryan arrived in New Orleans early last spring, everyone knew that he was bringing change with him.  Popular opinion was that he would return the defense to its...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

A (fictional) oral history of the St. Louis Rams’ 2009 draft

Yesterday, Rob Neyer at Fox Sports published an excellent oral history of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2009 MLB draft, which yielded five key players who all played a major role in the Cardinals’ 2013 NL pennant-winning season. The Cards’ 2009 draft is already known as one of the best in MLB history –’s Jonathan Mayo named it the best of the past 10 years, i.e. no...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Top-5: The toughest names to spell in St. Louis Rams’ history

In honor of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is currently taking place in Maryland, I thought I’d take a look at the top five “alphabetically plentiful” names from St. Louis Rams history for our weekly ranking. These names cover the entirety of St. Louis Rams’ nearly 20 year existence, and would likely warrant a fair share of bell taps if they qualified for the...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Is this the answer at safety?

Not more than an hour after posting a roughly 1,000 word expose on the Ravens plans (or perceived lack thereof) at the safety position, the organization announced that they agreed to a one-year deal with former St. Louis Ram, Darian Stewart. Who?, you might ask.  Well, I’ll admit that the undrafted Stewart had flown under the radar of myself and seemingly most organizations....
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Spags is a Ravens defensive coach---but most Baltimore fans say "Meh"...

I expected a lot more enthusiastic fan reaction to the Ravens' re-hiring of Steve Spagnuolo this past week. To me the guy is a defensive genius. Having Spags on staff makes a big potential difference for the Ravens defense if you ask me. But most Baltimore fans I've heard reacting to the news are apathetic at best about the hire John Harbaugh has appointed Steve Spagnuolo as...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Spagnuolo hired by Ravens to coach secondary

The Baltimore Ravens have hired Steve Spagnuolo to be their secondary coach and assistant head coach. Spagnuolo became Baltimore's senior defensive assistant in 2013. Before then, he was defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints in 2012 and coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11. Spagnuolo also spent two seasons as the New York Giants' defensive coordinator, in 2007 and...
Via AP on Fox
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens promote Steve Spagnuolo to defensive backs coach/assistant head coach

Spagnuolo had been expected to become the secondary coach as the replacement for Teryl Austin since Austin was hired by the Detroit Lions as defensive coordinator. Spagnuolo was also given the additional responsibility of assistant head coach. Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg now holds the title of associate head coach after previously being assistant head […]The post Ravens...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Bills have had preliminary talks with Jim Schwartz and reached out to Steve Spags

Today we learned at NFL Draft Diamonds that the Buffalo Bills would be making their decision soon on their next defensive coordinator. We heard that the decision could come within the next 24-48 hours. Well we are now hearing that the Bills have held conversations with both Steve Spagnuolo and Jim Schwartz. The Bills have […]The post Bills have had preliminary talks with Jim Schwartz...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Several holes in the Rams' offense need be filled if they hope to contend in 2014

ST. LOUIS -- It wasn't that long ago that the St. Louis Rams' lengthy list of offseason needs resembled Tolstoy's War and Peace. For several of the Scott Linehan and Steve Spagnuolo years, the Rams' needed off-season upgrades at nearly every position other than running back. Now, the power couple of coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead have St. Louis positioned to contend...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill O’Brien’s tactics similar to Steve Spagnuoulo’s

Houston Texans fans beware. Your new coach is doing things that sound very similar to what former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo did upon his arrival to St. Louis back in 2009. I’ll let NFL Network’s Albert Breer fill you in. Interesting nugget: I'm told Bill O'Brien & others spent time last weekend removing anything emphasizing individuals at the Texans facility. — Albert...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Know Your Enemy: Scouting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers arrive in St Louis this weekend as a more dangerous team than their 4-10 record might suggest. All four of those wins have come in the last six weeks of the season, and despite being written off nationally, the team has been playing very well for embattled coach Greg Schiano in the season's second half. This game may represent the Bucs' best hope of saving...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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