Steve Spagnuolo had a bad Monday night, with his Rams losing 28-16 to the Giants. And things may have turned even worse for him in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
Spagnuolo confirmed today that Rams owner Stan Kroenke called him in for a meeting immediately following the game, and that’s why Spagnuolo took 25 minutes to get to the post-game press conference, in violation of NFL rules.
“I do deeply apologize for being last at the postgame conferences,” Spagnuolo told reporters. “I want you to know it’s not out of any disrespect and I do know that the jobs you guys have, there’s a lot going on at that time and you want to get the players and you don’t want to be sitting in the press conference room waiting for me. I’ve visited a couple times with Mr. Kroenke, and I value that time. He’s great. I appreciate him coming in and talking to us and myself. That’s kind of what’s happened, but we’ll get that squared away and I promise you that we’ll take care of you like we should.”
Spagnuolo put the best spin on that post-game meeting that he could, but Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post reported that Spagnuolo’s tardiness was the result of Kroenke being a “control freak” who has been “haranguing” Spagnuolo after losses, wanting explanations.
That’s not a good sign. Kroenke was the minority owner of the Rams when Spagnuolo was hired, and we don’t know whether that was a hiring that Kroenke would have made if he had been the sole owner of the team, which he is now. But we can be sure that Kroenke isn’t happy with what he’s seen on the field from his team so far this season.
As Florio pointed out today on PFT Live, the Rams’ schedule doesn’t get any easier: Their next five opponents are the Ravens, Redskins, Packers, Cowboys and Saints. It’s hard to see them being any better than 2-5 after that stretch, and 0-7 is possible. If Spagnuolo’s seat is warm right now, it’s only going to get warmer.