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Dick Vermeil
Former Head Coach

Dick Vermeil

Has won the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl and multiple coaching accolades.

Haslett Not the Difference

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People are entitled to their opinion, but firing Scott Linehan had nothing to do with the Rams' turnaround. I know this team very well and it was inevitable that they were going to start winning. They had a tough schedule the first few weeks, but the difference maker came against Washington.

The Redskins dropped the ball. They let the Rams hang around. St. Louis ended up beating a team that the was better than them, and sometimes that's all it takes to get going. From there they marched all over the Dallas with confidence. The Cowboys are not a good football team right now -- they're not playing well, but the Rams played with great intensity.

It takes a little while sometimes to get that winning feeling, especially coming off the kind of year the Rams had in 2007. Getting the win in Washington helped them break the ice. I remember my first year coaching St. Louis we dropped the eight straight games. You get so down mentally that when things start going badly you think, here we go again. Then when you get that first win against a team as good as the Redskins, the frame of mind changes. It takes the edge off. People go back to work with smiles on their faces.

You see this now in St. Louis. And the coaching change has nothing to do with that. All the coaches were there when they were losing. This is not to take anything away from Jim Haslett, who is a great coach, but if Linehan had been there this still would have happened.

By Dick Vermeil  |  October 20, 2008; 1:34 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Sorry Dick, I think you are wrong about this one. Haslett seems to have the right amount of aggressiveness to him, without going overboard with it. Calm cool control - and it seems to rub off on these players.

Of course it is all too early to tell - but I like the way they are going right now.

Posted by: Pillai | October 20, 2008 5:07 PM

Seems almost like denial. Linehan proved that he couldn't do it, and though the game was huge against the redskins, and yes the redskins came out flat and deserved to lose for doing so, it was more about the preparation of the Rams that enabled them to capitalize on those mistakes that had not been evident in the Linehan tenure.

Posted by: anonymous | October 20, 2008 6:42 PM

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