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St. Louis Rams Inside Slant 2008-12-30


St. Louis Rams Inside Slant 2008-12-30
A day after the Rams lost their 10th consecutive game Sunday to end the season with a 2-14 record, coach Jim Haslett was asked the final message he gave to his team.


Said Haslett, "I just told them that I thought that game, and I said this yesterday (Sunday), will define you as a person, as a football player and as a team for the following year. The year before, Arizona put a licking on this team and I didn't think they played real hard and I didn't think it was a great game. I thought everybody played hard, they were into the game, they wanted to win the game. I didn't see anybody laying down and I think that kind of defines you as a person, so when people start looking at you on film you can at least walk away saying you gave everything you had."

Haslett was named the team's interim coach after the Rams lost their first four games of the season under Scott Linehan. There were two quick victories, but then the 10 straight losses.

Asked if it was a long season, Haslett said, "Well, anytime you don't win a lot of games, it's a long season for coaches, for players and for everybody in the building. It's disappointing from that aspect. We started out strong, started winning a couple games after a slow start, so you got your hopes up. But then we played four games, right in a stretch, right in the middle that was really bad football. Then, actually the last four or five games we played well enough that we've been in every game and had the chance to win every game, so it's disappointing.

"But I think you saw what everybody could do yesterday, the players gave everything they had. Obviously we're just not good enough and there's going to be changes made. That's the way the league works and they know it, coaches know it. That's just how this league works, so it'll be for the better."

One of the changes could be with the head coach, and Haslett knows he has little control over what the organization will decide. He said, "I like the city, I think this team's not far away, my family likes this place, so if I have the opportunity I'd love to stay, but I understand the business, I understand what goes on and we'll deal with that when it comes."



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: December 30, 2008

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