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Spagnuolo wants Rams to have no on/off switch

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All things considered, the Rams’ 33-10 win over the Colts wasn’t nearly as impressive as it would have been during the regular season.  The Colts notoriously sleepwalk through the preseason, and quarterback Peyton Manning remains out as he recovers from neck surgery.  Other key players, like defensive end Dwight Freeney, didn’t play, either.

But the fact that the Rams went hard the entire game left coach Steve Spagnuolo pleased, because one of his goals is to ensure that the players never let up under game conditions.

“The one thing I said to them, I was talking about it last night, in this league there is no on/off switches,” Spagnuolo said, via comments distributed by the team.  “It should always be on, it doesn’t matter who you play, when you play, preseason, regular season.  And I thought they did that today.  I reminded them of that at half time, 23-3 at half or something, I was a little bit concerned that they’d let down.

“But the young guys went in there, what was really good to see was the second half when the young guys were in there performing, I thought the veterans on the sideline were really into it and that says a lot about the vets.  That says a lot about the team, kind of coming together and the chemistry.”

The approach resulted in seven scores in nine possessions.  And it’s the kind of thing that could help the Rams climb to the top of a wide-open NFC West, once the real games start.

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6 Responses to “Spagnuolo wants Rams to have no on/off switch”
  1. richm2256 says: Aug 14, 2011 12:34 PM

    The approach resulted in seven scores in nine possessions. And it’s the kind of thing that could help the Rams climb to the top of a wide-open NFC West, once the real games start.

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    When their first string can do that against the other team’s first string, let me know; otherwise it just means that he over-worked his starters by going flat-out through meaningless pre-season games instead of resting them for the , you know, regular season.

    These horses will be tired and banged up sooner than the rest of the league.

  2. wherezwaldo says: Aug 14, 2011 12:50 PM

    @richm2256 does that go for the Aints as well?

  3. dirtdawg55 says: Aug 14, 2011 1:18 PM

    They certainly know about the “off” switch. Just ask the Seahawks.

  4. uclabruininstlouis says: Aug 14, 2011 1:20 PM

    @richm2256 Does Indy even HAVE a first string? ISTM that, without Peyton, they’re not much better than mediocre.

  5. philly2boston says: Aug 14, 2011 5:40 PM

    Sam B. will throw for Beastly #s and he’ll earn his lottery winning 1st pick $ that noone else will see 4 30 years.

  6. schmitty2 says: Aug 14, 2011 9:54 PM

    dirtdawg55 says:
    Aug 14, 2011 1:18 PM
    They certainly know about the “off” switch. Just ask the Seahawks.

    Wow, you are funny..now get back to present day Mcfly

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