Steve Spagnuolo

The holiday season couples many of the things we covet most in life—family, friends, faith, food and football. Christmas reminds us that miracles can happen and that God is always here to light the way in the darkness. It’s also important to remember that it always feels better to give than to receive. On behalf of everyone at GridironGrit.com and NFLTouchdown.com, we hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas (and Happy Hanukkah) and enjoy a Happy New Year! Week 16 was [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
If you’re a fan of the St. Louis Rams, you should probably be holding your breath for the upcoming season.  No, I’m not referring to the lockout—that’s drawing close to an end.  Rather, the team’s 2011 schedule, which looks more frightening than waking up on a roller coaster with 25 tarantulas in your lap. I must admit that albeit I knew last offseason the Seattle Seahawks would emerge as a relative contender and the San Diego Chargers wouldn’t have enough power to crack the postseason, I never remotely envisioned St. Louis getting anywhere close to the playoff [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Much has been said about the Rams receivers lately. Many accolades have been poured upon Sam Bradford throughout the preseason and the first two weeks about his accuracy, composure in the pocket, and ability to roll out and make a play. However, the Rams receivers have been nothing but criticized. Whether it's because they're undersized, not executing, dropping passes, or whatever it may be, the Rams receivers have taken a lot of heat through these first couple weeks. It's hard to disagree with the critics. After Donnie Avery was lost for the season, the Rams lacked not only a true #1 receiver but also a speedy guy to put in the slot. The Rams receiver corps are now full of guys that are just fine as #3/4-type possession receivers but are really undersized and don't have the skillset [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
Outplayed.  Out Coached.  Out Classed! I admit I couldn't find a major flaw in Monday's game because just about everything the Giants did was executed poorly. But for now...lets bring the glass to half full and address the immediate changes that need to take place if this team is going to win 10 games. 1. Kevin Gilbride - Make the defense pay for being overly aggressive.  The king of the "run n' shoot" offense has had enough time to adapt to NFC East football to this point.  Gilbride was over matched and called plays like a rookie offensive coordinator. Get Bradshaw in the flow of the game through the run & passing game.  Screens, pitch backs and even the "wild cat" that was practiced in training camp.   It will change the tempo!  Down by 24 [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , ,
Outplayed.  Out Coached.  Out Classed! I admit I couldn't find a major flaw in yesterdays game because just about everything the Giants did was executed poorly.  There was so many breakdowns on all phases of the game that I could take a week to outline for you. But for now...lets somehow bring the glass to half full and address the immediate changes that need to take place if this team is going to win 10 games. 1. Kevin Gilbride - Make the defense pay for being overly aggressive.  The king of the "run n' shoot" offense has had enough time to adapt to NFC East football to this point.  He called plays like he was rookie offensive coordinator, Monday night.  Gilbride needs to make half time adjustments, he [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , ,
As I'm sure many of you know by now, Steven Jackson was accused of beating his eight month pregnant girlfriend in March of 2009. The accuser is the girlfriend herself, Supriya Harris. Harris claims Jackson pushed her repeatedly into a door handle, causing a scar on her stomach and great pain. Jackson denied the allegation later in the day, calling them "untrue" and that he won't address these issues through media outlets. I'll get to my take in a few moments, but first a handful of links on the situation: Turf Show Times post as the story broke [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
The holidays are here and so many of you have been asking for a certain gift. So I wrote a letter to Tom "Claus" Coughlin to see if he could help us good boys and girls. "So you want a new coordinator do ya", Tom "Claus" Coughlin said. Yes, we do! We've paid all our PSL money to the Mara's and we've come every week...even when the Giants gave up a 14 point lead we stayed to the end. Well, let’s look under the Coughlin Coaching Tree..shall we. It's always a fun and bizarre place to start. For the most part….I’m screaming please Tom get rid of these bums!" But then I pause and think...who would Tom hire? All coaches at one time or another circle back to that old familiar group called the boys club. You know these guys...these are the guys that have been riding Tom's [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Sorry for the lack of posting last week, midterm time can really be stressful on a student. Anyway, in case you didn't know, the Rams got trounced yesterday 35-0. The offense and special teams played awful and the defense played great. Here are my negatives and positives from the game yeserday: Steven Jackson: Positive Rest of the Offense: Negative Special Teams: Negative Coaching (mostly): Negative And that's basically all you need to know about the game yesterday. So, in place of a regular game recap, today I'm going to look at the bigger picture of things, as one usually does after a loss like yesterday's. The 2009 Rams are awful. They generally lack talent on both sides of the ball, and where they do have talent there's other problems. I've begun to accept this, [...] Continue reading → | ,
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