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Spags Conference Call w/ SF, some excuses new

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    Spags Conference Call w/ SF, some excuses new

    Steve Spagnuolo explains why the Niners are good and the Rams aren’t, plus more

    Posted on November 30, 2011 by Grant Cohn

    Here’s what St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said on a conference call with Bay Area reporters this morning.

    Q: You’ve seen the 49ers quite a bit over the years. Could you talk about differences you see this year with their offense?

    SPAGNUOLO: A lot of the personnel’s the same. I know I counted up a lot of guys, same guys we played in the second-to-the-last game of the season last year, and yet I think they’ve been very, very productive. They find ways to control the football – they certainly do that in the pass game, very good on play-action and I think they’ve got some wide receivers that are making some plays for them, including those tight ends, because they’re just like wide receivers. We’ve got of respect for them.

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    I guess you mean this -- ?

    Q: Speaking of the stuff that was out of your control, you had the lockout and a new offensive system coming in. But at the same time the 49ers did, too. Why do you think it’s been more difficult on you guys than it has been on the 49ers?

    SPAGNUOLO: The one challenge we’ve had – now we’re never going to use this as an excuse, but you’re asking the question – one thing that’s really important on offense, especially when you’re putting a new one in, is continuity, especially on the offensive line. We haven’t had that. We haven’t had continuity at wide out. You really need it in the landscape of this year, and with teams like ourselves and San Francisco where you’re putting in new offenses especially. You really had to bank on having the same 11, 12, 13 guys through training camp. In the beginning of the year we knew there’d be some rough edges, but you’d hope that you’d get to this certain point of the season and those reps underneath your belt would surface and you’d have some success. I think that’s happened for San Francisco. I know Jim has spoken of it quite often, that the goal is just to get better and get better. I think you have a better chance of doing that when you can keep the same the same 11, 12, 13 guys on offense. We haven’t had that, and again, as a professional football team, professional coaches, professional players, you have to find a way to overcome that and it’s been tough for us to do that.
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    And you would have signed....... who? Some day you'll have to answer that.

    And that unproductive and pitiful group of receivers were fluid and in sync during the preseason running a vanilla, dumbed-down version of McDaniels' offense. Everyone did very well. When McDaniels decided to open up and implement his playbook during the regular season, what happened? Seriously, am I the only person who holds this point of view? If I am, I'll just stop insisting that McDaniels is the reason why the offense turned to crap overnight.

    Robinson went on IR in September of 2009 and never fully recovered in 2010. Holding onto guys like that is the reason why you're complaining about the roster now. And yet you're using his departure as a reason why the Rams don't develop players, or let good ones go. That kinda crap is maddening to me.

    Damned if they do, damned if they don't.
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    Robinson shouldn't even be part of the conversation.

    He showed some potential, yes, but he was injured more times than not.
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    If we hired Childress people would be complaining that we got a soft coach that drives his QB to and from practice like a glorified chauffeur.
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    Isn't Chilly a friend of Steve Spagnuolo?
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    Memento Ser Memento (alias, The Winged Knight).

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    My replies are in bold. I don't mean to offend you; I'm simply offering my perspective.
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    Horse crap. The very second that a HC "controls and delegates" his offensive coordinator, is the day that every fan of the team outright revolts. And to prove that point, it's already happening amidst speculation that he's doing exactly that. It was the same last year when everyone was complaining that Shurmur was being handcuffed by Spags. You're honestly grasping at straws now. You were better off when you were saying it's his lack of yelling that was the problem. Or when it was the way he worded his pressers. Or when he didn't bench under-performers (all of which was proven incorrect). Now you'd rather he hire an offensive coordinator and then dictate the offensive playcalling from a defensive coordinator's experience and perspective.

    Just forget it, man. You want him fired. I get it. I can't keep up with your circular logic anymore.
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    And he was picked up and released by the Chargers after us. He showed absolutely nothing in preseason until the last game but the Chargers opted to cut him. Yeah I get a little pissed off every time I see a Cowboys game now because Robinson is becoming a big part of their offense, but I dont fault Spags for releasing him. One guy I do wish we kept was Fells. He was just a solid player for us. Wasnt great at one specific area, just good at everything.
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    Yeah, I can agree with that. Fells wasn't the best blocker in the world, but he's simply a level above Bajema in every other aspect of the game. Not entirely sure why that went down the way it did. I should research that a little. I know Kendricks had a hand in that, but Bajema? Ehhhh. I still don't see the logic there.
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    Exactly. Fells had 41 catches last year, probably should have had more. This coaching staff must love Bajema tho lol.
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    Bajema wasn't a free agent, Fells was. Most likely a cap issue, since Bajema is pretty cheap, cheaper than Fells is I assume.

    Robinson benefits a lot from having Miles Austin, Jason Witten, and Dez Bryant on the field as him as well. Defenses have a choice "Do we cover the likely Hall of Fame TE? Or the explosive young receiver who can make insane catches and is really good at getting yards after? Or the #1 WR who can destroy us over top? Or Robinson?"

    I'd take my chances on Robinson too if I was a defense.
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    That's right. Thanks for the clarification. And yeah, I wasn't sweating Robinson either. He had more than his share of shots here, and landing on IR sure didn't help his cause to stick around. I'm glad he's got his game back and he's producing. He seemed like a decent enough dude.

    On a related note, too bad about Avery though. Guy just fell straight off the map when most were convinced he was going to put up some decent numbers this year.
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    Yeah that was suprising. How the hell has he had no production for the Tians this year? I cant even name one of their WRs after Kenny Britt.
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