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Spagnuolo won't 'go there' about job security

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    ST. LOUIS -- With his team 2-8 and eliminated from the NFC West race, St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo fielded a couple of questions about his job security during his press conference on Monday.

    Asked if he felt like the team needed to show something over the final six games for there not to be a coaching change at the end of the season, Spagnuolo said, "I don't go there only because I don't do the six-week deal. I don't go that far into the future. It's just this game. I just know that's how I operate in this business. The good Lord takes care of the rest."

    Asked if he has been in touch with Rams owner Stan Kroenke, Spagnuolo said, "When I get an opportunity I visit with Stan, but I don't bother him. We're here pounding away. He's very supportive. Every time I see him ... I love him. He was in the locker room I think it was back in Arizona. I love having him around. I've got a great deal of respect for him. He knows we're here pounding away."

    Spagnuolo's job status has become a topic with the Rams are out of contention for the NFC West title before Thanksgiving.

    The Rams mathmatically have no chance of catching the San Francisco 49ers, who have a 9-1 record, in the NFC West. And, they haven't even played the 49ers yet.

    The Rams rank 30th in the NFL in offense, 32nd in points scored.

    The Rams have scored 10 touchdowns from scrimmage in 10 games. They hit that one-touchdown-a-game quota during their 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

    "It's widespread,'' Spagnuolo said of the offensive problems. " It's all 11 positions. It's not one person, it's not one position.''

    How bad are the Rams offensively? Consider this:

    * Punter Donnie Jones leads the NFL in attempts with 66.

    * Three players -- Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy, Detroit's Calvin Johnson and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson -- have scored more touchdowns than the Rams' offense.

    * The 1998 Rams with Tony Banks at quarterback and June Henley at running back scored almost double the touchdowns (29) they're on pace to score this season.

    Spagnuolo said he felt like the Rams had enough talent to be productive on offense.

    "Yeah, we've got guys out there that can make plays,'' Spagnuolo said. "We've got to get it to the playmakers, we've got to have time to get it to the playmakers.''

    Injuries have taken a major toll on the Rams' offensive line, where left tackle Mark LeVoir became the latest casualty. LeVoir will be lost for 2 to 4 weeks due to a pectoral muscle injury.

    Kevin Hughes, who had never played in an NFL game and was a member of the team's practice squad a day earlier, was thrown into the fire after LeVoir went down against the Seahawks.

    Hughes gave up a couple of sacks and looked badly overmatched against Seattle's Chris Clemons.

    "You're talking about a guy that got zero reps during the week,'' Spagnuolo said. "What I told him coming out of the locker room was use those number of plays as a foundation to build on. Now he knows the speed of the game, so he'll just build on that."

    Spagnuolo said the Rams will be looking to add another offensive tackle this week.

    In other injury news, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis was having an MRI on his foot after complaining of soreness on Monday.

    Defensive tackle Justin Bannon (shoulder), linebacker Josh Hull (hamstring) and cornerback Marquis Johnson (abdominal contusion) also were lining up at the MRI machine.

    Cormernack Justin King (knee) had an MRI that showed no structural damage.

    Tight end Lance Kendricks has a mild concussion and wide receivers Mark Clayton and Austin Pettis have sore knees.

    The Rams will play the Arizona Cardinals (3-7) this Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. Their final five opponents have a composite record of 35-15.
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