The Rams actually outgained the Bengals on Sunday and won the turnover battle, but St. Louis still lost its fifth straight game to drop to 2-12.
(And that was a frightening yet awesome use of the English language by Bernie.)
The Clemens appreciation is a sign of true desperation and a new low for this Rams season. It’s like when 49ers fans chanted for David Carr last year.
We’ve speculated about the future of coach Steve Spagnuolo, and signs don’t look promising for him.
Jason La Canfora of NFL Network said on Monday that his sources indicate the Rams will “blow things up” after the season. That would mean Spags and Josh McDaniels would be shown the door.
That’s not a surprise. It may not even be “fair.” But times are depressing in St. Louis and owner Stan Kroenke may want to make his own hire after taking a majority share of the team last year. Kroenke will need to sell hope to ticket buyers.
Consider this quote from Spagnuolo:
“I was standing there in the third quarter, so proud of this football team,” Spagnuolo said. “I probably shouldn’t have [thought] that. I might have jinxed myself because there was the swing there where it was a little bit disappointing. . . . There’s a never-say-die, and a fight in this football team. God bless ‘em for that.”
We like Spagnuolo. We could see him having success later in his career. But that’s the type of quote you hear from a coach that is on his way out the door.