Regular Season Series Record
The Last Time
Sept. 19, 2011—Former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, then the head coach of the Rams, faced his former team in a Monday night Giants home game.
It didn’t end well for “Spags,” whose Rams suffered a 28-16 loss on national television. He was eventually fired at the end of the 2011 season while the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl that year.
I haven’t really mentioned the Giants’ starting offensive tackles, projected this season to be Will Beatty at left tackle and Justin Pugh at right tackle.
Now would probably be a good time to do so, as the Rams sport a very strong pair of defensive ends in Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Both of those defenders have combined for 85.0 sacks and 16 forced fumbles.
Pugh, who last year logged a strong rookie campaign, is looking to build off of that in his second season. He told reporters earlier this week that he added 10 pounds of muscle, which he said was something that head coach Tom Coughlin had wanted him to do.
“I feel very good. I’m stronger than ever,” Pugh said. “Now we’re going to start running, get that going. Continue to get better, continue to work hard and continue to work with the new guys and really get this thing going.”
Beatty, who struggled last season only to have a forgettable year capped with a severe leg injury suffered in the regular season finale, didn’t sound so sure that he would be ready for training camp.
“(The doctors) didn’t give me a (recovery time),” he told me. “It was more like, ‘Let’s build you up.’”
“I haven’t been through a knee injury before," he added. "The more you do, the faster you regain strength in your muscles. Being out here and just starting back up, I’m trying to keep pace with everyone else and not have any setbacks.”
If Beatty has to miss training camp and the preseason—and I believe that to be a very real possibility—there’s no telling how quickly he can get up to speed on the physical aspect of the game as the new playbook gets installed.
Did You Know?
- The Giants have won the last five games against the Rams dating back to 2002. Over that period, New York has outscored St. Louis 162-87.
- Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and Rams head coach Jeff Fisher have faced each other in 18 regular-season games, the second-highest number of meetings between two active coaches. Fisher, who regularly used to face Coughlin when he was with Tennessee and Coughlin was with Jacksonville, is 11-7 against the Giants’ head coach.
- The Giants are 2-3 against the Rams in games played in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
- Former Giants defensive line coach Mike Waufle currently holds that same post for the Rams. Also, John Fassel, the son of former Giants head coach Jim Fassel, is the Rams’ special teams coordinator.
Patricia Traina is the senior editor for Inside Football. All quotes and information obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted. Follow me on Twitter, @Patricia_Traina.