Coach Critiques Rams' Loss

Steve Spagnuolo (Getty/Al Messerschmidt)

ST. LOUIS — There were things that second-year Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was pleased with following his team's 31-13 loss at New Orleans on Sunday.

"I thought the team scratched back, crawled back," Spagnuolo said at his Monday afternoon press conference. "They were down 14-0 and had a chance to get it 14-13. That didn't happen. I thought the offense moved the ball well at times, especially running the football. That was good to see. We created three turnovers, one on special teams, two on defense. We punted the ball well. I thought Donnie (Jones) punted the ball real well and that helps us defensively. We had 12 explosive plays on offense, which was good to see."

But there were also plenty of things the coach wasn't happy with.

"We didn't play well enough as a football team to win the football game," Spagnuolo said. "They were better. You can't go down there and play that good a football team and make some of the mistakes that we made. If you don't protect the ball and don't protect the quarterback and you don't tackle well or do well defending the run, it's going to be hard to win. That's what happened yesterday."

The Rams are 6-7 going into this Sunday's game against visiting Kansas City at the Edward Jones Dome and, thanks to the Seahawks' 40-21 loss in San Francisco, are still tied atop the NFC West with three games remaining.

That was little consolation to Spagnuolo on Monday.

"I think this was another one of those games where we played a really good football team — Atlanta was probably the other one — where when the game was done and over you just feel like you are capable of having success against a team like that if you play better and you know you can play better," Spagnuolo said. "… We all know that. That's what's disappointing. If you go down there and get your butt whooped and you say, they're pretty good and there's no way we could have beat them. That's one thing. But we feel like if we had not made some of those mistakes we are in that game and who knows at the end."

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