Steve Spagnuolo just wants to show his team what winners look like
The St. Louis Rams have struggled out of the gate this season. They enter week 7 at 0-5, ranked last in the NFL in scoring with only 9.8 points per game. For a team that was a win away from winning the NFC West last season, this season has been a crushing disappointment. Yesterday, on the eve of playing the Dallas Cowboys, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was looking for some way to inspire his team and give them a boost towards their first win of the season, so he called in a favor from a friend.
From NFL. com:
On the eve of the Rams’ game against the Dallas Cowboys, Spagnuolo took his team to Saturday’s Game 3 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. The Rams normally have meetings the night before a game, but Spagnuolo said the time could be made up in the morning.
“I thought it would be a good thing for team bonding,” Spagnulo told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I thought it would be a great experience for the guys. How often are you going to get a chance to go to a World Series game?”
It couldn’t hurt for them to see teams that have achieved some success, but as professionals, you would hope they already knew how to win. The worst thing that could have happened was to have Sam Bradford watch the Cardinals play not terrible and have him, “Ohhhhhh, I’ve been doing it wrong.”
The Rams this season have had all their shortcomings from last year that they outplayed going 7-9 and finishing second in the division come out and bite them. They lack depth at wide receiver and no real playmaker in the receiving corps (an issue they hope to resolve with the trade for Brandon Lloyd). Their offensive line has trouble blocking anyone pass or run. Their defense is a work in progress. Combine all that with a brutal early season schedule and you get a team still looking for its first win. Making things even more difficult on a road trip to play the Cowboys is star quarterback Sam Bradford is inactive with a high ankle sprain.
In the game, the Cardinals scored 16 runs, or “an offensive explosion,” for the Rams this season.