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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

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Losing Linehan Was Key

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It's not so much having Jim Haslett as their coach that has rejuvenated the Rams.

It's not having Scott Linehan.

Look, there was no reason for the Rams ever to have played as poorly as they did. This might not exactly be a Super Bowl-ready team. But there is talent there, especially on offense with Marc Bulger, Steven Jackson, Torry Holt and Orlando Pace. There was no excuse for the Rams to be not only losing every game they played, but not even being competitive along the way.

Linehan clearly had lost the locker room. He was reported to be at odds with Holt. He benched Bulger and promptly was criticized for it over the radio airwaves by Jackson. That's dysfunction.

Haslett is a competent coach, but let's not go overboard with the praises yet. The Rams beat a Redskins team that handed them the game with turnovers. They beat a Cowboys team that is unraveling. Haslett has done a nice job of winning back over the players. But this move was more about the Rams getting rid of Linehan than it was about them giving the job to Haslett.

By Mark Maske  |  October 20, 2008; 10:37 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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