Los Angeles Rams

The Clean Slate: What Spags Has In Store For The Rams In '09

EARTH CITY, MO - MAY 2: Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams watches his team during a mini camp on May 2, 2009 at the Russell Training Center in Earth City, Missouri.  (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Mack RosenbergContributor IJuly 19, 2009

The St. Louis Rams are a team of recent woes. The club has just five wins in it's past two seasons, and the management of the team has completely shifted. New head coach Steve Spagnuolo has implemented some new ideas on this team that he hopes will make them become winners. Let's take a closer look at some of the plans Spags has in store for St. Louis.

Steven Jackson will be the center of offensive attention

I like this move because we have all seen what Jackson can do. He is, when healthy, a 3,000 yard back. I like his prospects to stay healthy this season, and I think this move also shows a little bit more about Spagnuolo. He isn't just a guy focused completely on the defensive side of the ball. He has a set plan on the offensive end as well, and I like that one of the first big things he mentioned had something to do with players who get to touch the football.

Hard-nosed play, something the Rams have lacked

First of all, some of these plans that Spags has come up with are very interesting and different because they aren't based on statistics. They are more or less concepts that the team really should be learning and getting comfortable with.

A perfect example of this is the hard nosed play or lack thereof we've seen in recent memory that Steve plans on fixing this season. As you already know, the New York Giants Super Bowl winning defense ran by the new Rams head coach was anything but lack luster, something he plans to continue in St. Louis. The team lacked it's luster notably on the offensive side of the ball in the last two seasons, but really overall as a team as well. It just didn't look last year like the team was playing hard at all.

Defensive attack mode will be a new twist

Spagnuolo is molding the defense into a unit that will not constantly following a set playbook, but a group that will be changing their routes and gap assignments as the game progresses. This is the right way to do things in my mind because you should never go by the book for a whole game on defense. The opposing offense is always noticing tendencies in your style of play, and if you keep doing what your doing they will pick up on it.

I like to think Spags is almost dusting off an old book hidden somewhere and updating it. After Mike Martz, this defense never found itself. Now, we'll see a fresh new look that will make this a different bunch of defenders.

Those are just a few of the ideas Steve Spagnuolo has made public about what he plans on doing to make the Rams a winning team in 2009. I am ever-confident about his antics and how he treats the team. All a Rams fan can do right now is sit back and hope that better days are ahead.

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