Rams focusing on 49ers, not Spagnuolo’s future

Rams focusing on 49ers, not Spagnuolo’s future

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St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo stands the sidelines during the first quarter of the NFL football game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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by Scott Bierman, FootballStL

FootballStL

Posted on December 28, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 28 at 5:39 PM

(FootballStL) -- The only thing that is certain about the future of the St. Louis Rams is that the team will play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday...and that is all the team is focusing on at the present moment.

Players returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since the 27-0 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.  The players also returned with the rumors that head coach Steve Spagnuolo will be fired at season’s end.

“You can’t go out there thinking about that,” safety Quintin Mikell said.  “Just want to go out there and try getting a win for the guys in this locker room, for the coaching staff, all the hard work we put out there this year and try to go out there and get a win.”

“I can’t think about that.  I think we all are just as responsible for preparing ourselves to play the 49ers,” defensive end Chris Long said.  “We are all accountable and I am sure (Spagnuolo) would tell you the same thing and we are all working very hard to just beat the 49ers and end the season the right way.”

“We are approaching this game just like we would any other game,” quarterback Sam Bradford said.  “We are playing a division opponent, a division rival.  Obviously we are looking to beat them after the way they handled us in San Francisco, so I think we are approaching this just like we would any other game.”

...and did the 49ers ever hand it to the Rams.  The Rams had only 157 offensive net yards compared to the Niners 389 yards in the 26-0 loss in Week 13.  The Rams’ inability to get first downs also led to only 23:56 of possession time.

Needless to say, the Rams will need their entire focus to be set on the 49ers or this one could get just as ugly as the last one.  And this game will not be a cakewalk since the 49ers are still battling to have a bye in the playoffs and are expected to play all the starters.

by Scott Bierman, FootballStL

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