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Monday, November 24, 2008
Around the NFC West: Rams ridiculed


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat sums up the Rams' futility in one mind-bending notebook. Coach Jim Haslett rips one of his players for making a "dumb" decision on a fake punt. Safety Eric Bassey blames the referee for not calling holding on the play. And fan-ripping guard Richie Incognito denies cupping his hand to his ear as he ran off the field to boos.

Also from Korte: Haslett blames the Rams' latest defeat on factors beyond the control of coaches. It's every man for himself at Rams Park.

More Korte: A Rams report card featuring five "F" grades.

Norm Sanders of the Belleville News-Democrat says Haslett couldn't resist taking a shot at Marc Bulger's critics after backup Trent Green tossed four interceptions. Haslett: "Anybody else want another quarterback?"

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch points to the Rams' talent as the problem and suggests Haslett and de facto general manager Billy Devaney can turn around the team if given time.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams have become so bad that Haslett has stopped trying to defend them.

Also from Thomas: Referee Terry McAulay explains why officials picked up a flag against the Bears on the fake punt.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Haslett is losing credibility by failing to acknowledge that his team has quit.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says fans pushing for a quarterback change in St. Louis got their wish -- twice. But Edwards and Brock Berlin weren't the answer, either.