As the camera focused in, the second-year coach talked about checking off the boxes with the first road victory of the season. At his press conference on Monday, he explained what he was talking about.
“There are a lot of different ways we have won so far this year,” Spagnuolo said. “For example, we won in September. We won in October. We won two in a row. We beat an AFC team. We beat a playoff team from last year. Et cetera. Et cetera. Et cetera.
“But the two boxes we hadn’t had was we hadn’t won in November and we hadn’t won on the road. So I made a sheet with all the checkmarks that we had done but there were two that were empty and I presented to the team that we needed to get these two checked off.”
The Rams win in Denver wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t without its anxious moments, but it was their first road victory of the season on Sunday after holding off the Denver Broncos for the three-point victory.
The Rams had lost their last seven road games — going back to last year’s win at Detroit — and they had won just one road game in their previous 17. St. Louis had lost 20 of its last 22 games on the road.
“It’s hard to win in this league,” Spagnuolo said. “It’s pretty hard to go to Denver and win, too. That’s a tough place to play. The guys did a nice job.”