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Josh McDaniels Twists Knife In St. Louis Rams Fans' Hearts

At this point, despite the St. Louis Rams' continued ineptitude on offense, Josh McDaniels is the only part of the coaching staff not being burnt in miniature effigy on the average Rams fan's kitchen table. (Steve Spagnuolo makes a lovely centerpiece—and he's energy efficient!) That said, it was probably a bad idea to give Jim Thomas the quotes that lead to a headline of "McDaniels defends game plan" a week after one of the more humiliatingly bad performances of your short tenure. 

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Don't get me wrong—I love the spread, and I have an unabated coach-crush on Josh McDaniels, who turned Kyle Orton into an object of neckbearded desire and is the reason we have Tim Tebow to kick around every week for the rest of the season. But Steven Jackson's disappearance against Seattle—not to mention Lance Kendricks's disappearance, despite a completely eviscerated wide receiving corps—should at least engender a little false contrition, if not real contrition.

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At the very least, this explains why he was unpopular as a head coach: He clearly hasn't taken any courses from the Crash Davis School of Press Interviews, and he hasn't had the kind of success that lets you be as passive-aggressively defensive as, say, a Tony La Russa.

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