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Monday, December 14, 2009
Around the NFC West: Cut Incognito?

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wonders if the Rams have hit bottom. He also says the Rams should cut Richie Incognito after the guard committed two more 15-yard penalties. Miklasz: "Both infractions came with Keith Null moving the offense and getting into a rhythm; Incognito's penalties put the rookie in desperate passing situations. It was an incredibly selfish and dumb thing to do to a rookie quarterback. Incognito should know better, of course, but maybe he's confused. After all, the Rams continue to accommodate this clown show. Any self-respecting organization with high standards and a code of conduct would boot Incognito out of Rams Park." Getting released from the Rams might come as a relief under the circumstances, but it does appear as though the organization needs to take a strong stand here.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers a Rams report card featuring high marks for special-teams coordinator Tom McMahon, but not many others.

Also from Coats: Good luck stopping Chris Johnson.

More from Coats: The Rams played well on special teams.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com says Rams rookie Keith Null "put himself into the 2010 discussion" despite five interceptions. Null should ideally be the third quarterback next season.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Incognito had left the locker room by the time reporters had finished speaking with Spagnuolo. Guard Jacob Bell: "He claims he's innocent. So, we just have to go back and look at the film. When it starts getting chippy, they're going to look at the guy that they know sometimes causes that kind of stuff. So, whether he did it or he didn't do it, they're going to throw the flag on him. They calmed things down. You realize, 'Hey, they're going to throw a flag for anything now.' So you need to just be careful and realize that's how it's going."

Also from Thomas: The Titans showed the Rams how to play tough and physical. Rams defensive end Leonard Little: "They're bullies. They basically come with a bully attitude. They try to bully everyone they play. They do a good job at what they do. The coach [Jeff Fisher] played in the league. He knows what it takes to win games, and win games late in the season." Fisher on running up the score: "We settled for [field goals] early and we needed to learn to score touchdowns, and if they were unhappy with it -- they faked a punt when they were down by 30. I wasn't doing anything from a personal standpoint. I was trying to score points and coach a football team." With Incognito taking cheap shots and the Rams calling a fake punt, I can see why the Titans showed no mercy, even if they went a little overboard.