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Doug Farrar

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Haslett Has Saved the Short-Term Rams

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While it's not entirely clear how much former head coach Scott Linehan was the symptom or the cause, it was obvious to anyone who has observed the Rams this year that a change had to be made. The franchise had slipped into a deep malaise, and Linehan's questionable play calling, scatter-shot personnel decisions, and eternal thousand-yard sideline stare did nothing to help. Certain people just aren't made for the rigors of the NFL coaching life.

While nobody will ever mistake Jim Haslett for Vince Lombardi, Haslett is exactly what the Rams need right now -- a motivator, a tough guy, and that kind of "rah-rah" presence. You need a coach like that when you're season's pretty much over the day it begins, because as you build for the future, you have to know which players will keep playing and refuse to mail it in under better circumstances. In the short term, I give Haslett all the credit for the turnaround.

Still, this two-game streak is a mirage. The Rams still have major roster holes as a result of some really bad drafts over the last few years, and they'll require a coach with the patience to stick around for a rebuild that will take longer than most. If Haslett is to be that man, he's getting a good head start with the ability to make his players believe in themselves and each other, if not this dismal season.

By Doug Farrar  |  October 20, 2008; 11:18 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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