Around the NFC West: New-look Rams
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes Rams quarterback Marc Bulger as saying the coaching change had maximum effect because it came during the bye week. Bulger:
"Because we had that bye week at the same time we had the coaching change, it was like we were starting a whole new season. It wasn't because Scott [Linehan] was bad or Jim was better. It was because they made a change, and it was not a little change. It was huge change. ... There was no guarantee that it would work, but it did. And I think because it wasn't a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound, that's why it had a huge impact on everyone in the locker room."
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch marks the return of professional football to St. Louis after the Rams hammered the Cowboys in Week 7.
Also from Thomas: Running back Steven Jackson could miss the Rams' upcoming game against New England after suffering a thigh injury.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' defense bears no resemblance to the one that struggled so mightily early in the season.
Also from Coats: A report card with glowing grades, including an A-minus for Bulger.
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Haslett's attitude has rubbed off on the Rams. Haslett cut loose with a rant against the Cowboys before the Rams ran onto the field. Defensive coordinator Rick Venturi calls Haslett a natural head coach.
Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat offers an injury update on the Rams, from Jackson to Adam Carriker.
Also from Korte: How, again, can the Rams look so different?
Norm Sanders of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams weren't on anyone's radar heading into Week 7. The Cowboys seemed to get all the attention. The Rams' defense changed that Sunday.