The Rams organization thought there was a problem with the way their team was being coached, in all aspects. Of all the 19 new staff members hired, Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, former Defensive Coordinator for the New York Giants looks to bring new life to the team, as they have played like a lame horse for the past two seasons winning only five games.
"Spags" was the key designer to the 4-3 blitz happy Giants for the past two seasons which held opponents to a total of 300 yards per game last year. The Rams, who were outscored by their opponents 2-1 last season hope that the change will be effective as they had only one defensive touchdown last year.
Spagnuolo will also work with new Defensive Coordinator Ken Flajole to help them get back to their once threatening run stopping defense, last year giving up more rushing yards than 28 other teams in the league.
Sylvester Croom will also work closely with the elusive and very speedy Steven Jackson to help the Rams get the best out of their running game. Another notable addition to the organization is new Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur, who worked with Donovan McNabb as the Eagles Quarterbacks Coach for the past seven years, helping him earn three of his five Pro Bowl appearances.
His uncle Fritz Shurmur, creator of the "Eagle" 2-5 defense, served as Defensive Coordinator for the Rams from 1982-90. Not much can be said to defend a 2-14 record but with all the new additions the Rams hope to be in stable condition within the next two seasons.
Communication between all personnel is key to finding a good vibe when it comes to a brand new coaching staff. The highly admirable James Laurinaitis; 2nd pick in this years draft, replacing released team leader in tackles linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, looks to provide the revamped team with a very solid playing style.
Laurinaitis had this to say in an interview with Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "I'm excited about the new challenge. With me, you're getting a guy who's going to make every right decision on and off the field; who's going to be disciplined; who's going to be accountable.
And who's going to make plays and be a leader for this team." More notable young players expected to step up in their position are a core of young receivers that have many big shoes to fill, with the release of Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt.
Donnie Avery and Chad Lucas look to be the front runners for the top spots but it will be anybody's guess until we see how they fare in preseason. It is assumed that total reformation will take more than just a new team, it will take time.