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Morning Ram-blings: Devaney on Incognito

11/6/2013

ST. LOUIS -- Billy Devaney, the former St. Louis Rams general manager and current participant on ESPN's NFL Insiders show, joined Adam Schein on SiriusXM's "Mad Dog Sports Radio" show Tuesday afternoon and shed some light on how he viewed Richie Incognito during their time together in St. Louis.

Devaney was in charge of the roster when Incognito was in St. Louis and was also the one to release Incognito in December of 2009. At the time, the Rams and Incognito handled the release with as much class as possible given the circumstances with both sides publicly wishing the other well.

Of course, Incognito might never have been released were it not for many of the issues Devaney discussed on Tuesday. As we discussed in this space on Monday, Incognito's greatest battle was always with himself. He never was able to tame the anger issues he had inside and even in his peaceful moments, there always seemed to be something bubbling under the surface.

Devaney talked about those very issues with Schein on Tuesday.

"His issues were anger management," Devaney said. "He could not control himself. He always would let his anger get the better of him at the worst times…That's what we were dealing with there and that's enough. What I see now coming out of Miami, that's at a whole other level of disgust quite frankly.

"I can't even comprehend how Richie got to this point."

For Devaney, dealing with Incognito was difficult, especially given it was his first year as general manager. While Devaney was with the Rams in 2008, he wasn't officially calling the shots until the end of the 2008 season. So making a call on Incognito was one of his first tough decisions, especially given the fact that the Rams offensive line was awful. Though he was disruptive and struggled with anger issues, Incognito was still one of the team's better blockers.

That put Devaney in a tough spot because even though Incognito's penchant for penalties was hurting the team, there really weren't many alternatives. In the end, it was clearly the right move and the recent Incognito saga only serves to reinforce that.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of the Rams' stories appearing on ESPN.com on Tuesday: We began the day by putting our eye on the draft with this week's Redskins watch, noting that Washington's first-round pick appears to be heading in the opposite direction of where the Rams would like. ... Then it was a look at the Rams' spot on this week's Power Rankings, where they didn't move after a loss. ... Next, we discussed Coach Jeff Fisher's stance on trying to handle the stress of being a head coach in the NFL. ... In keeping with the theme of how coaches handle difficult situations, we closed out the day with Fisher's take on setting the proper standard in the team's locker room.

Elsewhere:

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas handles his weekly chat with Rams fans.

Thomas details the difficult schedule the Rams face down the home stretch.

Turf Show Times charts the performance of Kellen Clemens against the Titans.

It's that time of year where midseason awards are being handed out. Over at the MMQB, Greg Bedard named his midseason All Pro team and a couple of Rams made the list.

Bedard also offers a good breakdown of the fumble that cost the Rams a shot at victory against Tennessee.