St. Louis, 1 p.m.]
"We don't hold hands, and get in a seance, and [sing]."
-- Rams Coach Mike Martz, trying to draw attention to his team's newfound toughness.
Rams Coach Mike Martz, who has never been confused with a taskmaster (he doesn't even bother holding practices during bye weeks), has changed his tune. All of a sudden, he's Tom Coughlin.
Coming off consecutive losses, last week Martz made his team take part in full-contact scrimmages, a rarity during the regular season for any team. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams haven't done such a thing since the John Robinson era of the 1980s.
"I think the way we played in the last two games is embarrassing," Martz said. "Not so much whether you win or lose the game -- just the way we played the game. Period. We're going to do everything we can to rectify that."
Keep in mind, this is a team that last week only scored 22 points on a Patriots defense that included wide receiver Troy Brown playing cornerback because of injuries. That a team so often described as pass-wacky, or pass-silly, or pass-zany, couldn't exploit this more (Marc Bulger did throw for 285 yards and two scores) is just befuddling.