St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo offered some words of reassurance when asked about his team's 0-2 start to the season. Pulling from the standard issue talking points distributed to coaches when they sign their contracts, Spags said how the Rams finished the season is what mattered most. For Spagnuolo, however, it was more than just a typical sports platitude.
Since 1990, the NFL playoffs have featured 22 teams that lost their first two games. Spagnuolo has first-hand knowledge of turning around an 0-2 start with big results because the 2007 Giants, in Spagnuolo's first year as defensive coordinator, did just that and went on to win the Super Bowl.
The Rams did not request a review of Deon Grant's bogus injury in the first quarter of Monday's game against the New York Giants. Grant's dive helped stop a Rams offense driving down the field in no huddle mode. Rams QB Sam Bradford heard someone say "someone go down" prior to incident in question. No formal review means no formal complaint. Not that it would have mattered anyway, the league cannot discipline for fake injuries unless someone admits it.
Here's a little something to celebrate fake injuries.