After Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo showed up 25 minutes late for Monday night’s post-game press conference following a 28-16 loss to the Giants, Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post wrote on Twitter that “I hear Rams control-freak owner keeps haranguing him after losses, wanting explanations.”
MDS wrote something up based on Hubbuch’s report, and I’ve since spoken to Rams Senior Director of Communications Ted Crews about the situation.
Crews said the only thing unusual about last night’s meeting between owner Stan Kroenke and Spagnuolo was the timing of it. “They talk after every game,” Crews said, “win or lose.”
Though we’ve got no specific reason to disbelieve Hubbuch’s report as it relates to Kroenke supposedly being a “control freak” or “haranguing” Spagnuolo, it’s something we’ve never heard about Kroenke from anyone, and it’s usually pretty easy to identify the owners who lean too hard on the help.
Besides, it’s way too early for Kroenke or any other owner to be haranguing and/or panicking. Four years ago, Spagnuolo ran the defense of an 0-2 team that gave up 80 points in eight quarters. That team eventually got it together, winning a game known loosely in some circles as the Super Bowl.