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Monday, December 15, 2008
Around the NFC West: Loss hurts Haslett

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' late implosion might have put a "dagger" in Jim Haslett's bid to remain head coach in 2009.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Edward Jones Dome resembled a mausoleum before kickoff, never a good sign. He thinks the team needs a new head coach to complete a franchise makeover.

More from Miklasz: The Rams aren't getting enough from their money players.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch encourages the Rams to keep losing to help their draft position. The team would pick second overall at present.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com says Haslett's plan for the future could use a few short-term victories for validation.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams got a huge half-game from cornerback Jason Craft, let go by the Saints earlier this season.

Also from Coats: A report card with a B-minus grade for Marc Bulger and a C-plus for coaching.

Norm Sanders of the Belleville News-Democrat quotes Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe as saying he didn't get deep enough on the pass from Seneca Wallace to Deion Branch.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Bulger can relate better to receivers after making an 11-yard reception from the Wildcat offense. Bulger: "I take for granted what those guys do. When that ball is in the air, it seems like it is in the air for a long time." 

Also from Korte: A report card with a B-minus grade for the offensive line and more high marks for linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa.

More from Korte: Bulger gives a vote of confidence to Haslett.

VanRam of Turf Show Times says the blame should go beyond the big-money players. Others, from Joe Klopfenstein to Derek Stanley, must also be held accountable.