Morning Ram-blings: Hayes' frustration

November, 5, 2013
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ST. LOUIS -- Of the many emotions readily available in the St. Louis Rams locker room Sunday after yet another disappointing loss to the Tennessee Titans, there was one more abundant than all the rest: frustration.

That frustration was written all over defensive end Chris Long's face and evident in the exasperated voice of defensive tackle Kendall Langford . But nowhere was it more easy to spot than in the broken glass and pool of blood being cleaned in the locker room bathroom before the media entered for interviews.

The shattered mirror and blood were the product of defensive end William Hayes, who simply couldn't hold in his frustration the way his teammates did. He smashed the mirror and left the accompanying mess in his wake.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher was one of the first on the scene.

“I got there," Fisher said. "We talked and settled him down. He was OK. Basically, he expressed how everybody felt and it hit him hard."

Undoubtedly, Hayes was upset by the 28-21 loss, a loss in which the defense once again failed to stop an opposing rushing attack. That it was another game there for the taking in which his team came up short didn't help. Putting the icing on the cake was the fact that the opponent was Tennessee, Hayes' former team, a team he clearly wanted to beat.

"This game was big for him," Fisher said. "He played very well in the game and he was just disappointed."

The smashed mirror left Hayes with a cut on his arm but no further damage and a quick talk from Fisher on managing those emotions a little better so as not to risk serious injury.

"Use better judgment, you know, you don’t need to punch a mirror and risk cutting yourself, and he did," Fisher said. "We addressed it today. To the extent of which he felt, the emotion that he felt -- not that everybody else didn’t -- I think that’s the good thing. But, you’ve got to draw the line and make sure you take care of yourself.”

There's nothing wrong with passion and emotion. Hayes brings that to the table on a daily basis for the Rams, it's part of what makes him such a key ingredient to everything the defense wants to do.

If nothing else, Hayes' outburst should serve as a reminder that even though the 3-6 Rams are likely headed toward a lost season, they have no intention of being an easy out for any of the teams remaining on the schedule.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of Rams' stories appearing on ESPN.com on Monday. … We began the day with this week's Upon Further Review, a look at four hot button issues coming from the loss to the Titans. … Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky and I looked back at the Rams-Titans game in video format. … Next, we took a look back at Richie Incognito's time in St. Louis and how his latest misadventures aren't shocking in light of those issues. … The rookie review for this week provides snap counts and production for the team's rookie class. … A quick injury update on tight end Lance Kendricks' fractured finger. … Finally, a glance at the emergence of receiver Stedman Bailey and his chance to move into the offensive mix.

Elsewhere:

Our fantasy experts discuss the emergence of running back Zac Stacy as a fantasy star.

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas offers the NFL's explanation for not calling a late possible pass interference on the Titans.

Thomas' game story from the Rams' loss to the Titans.

Joe Lyons looks at the defense's inability to perform week in and week out.

Bryan Burwell's column uses Hayes' actions as a symbol of the Rams' season.

Turf Show Times looks at the situation of running back Isaiah Pead and his inability to get any playing time, even when active.

The Rams had a special guest at Rams Park over the weekend.

 

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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