It wasnt quite as dramatic as Jets quarterback Joe Namath guaranteeing victory over the heavily favored Colts in Super Bowl III. But Scott Linehan was adamant that his downtrodden, 0-2 crew would bounce back Sunday in Seattle.
Im not making any guarantees; you can call it what it is, Linehan said Monday at his weekly day-after gathering with reporters. But in my mind, were going to beat Seattle and were going to right this ship. Because we dont have a choice. I dont have a choice, and neither does anybody else around here.
Linehan was responding to a question about whether he was concerned about his job security. Heres the rest of his answer:
Ive been concerned about my job security since I started coaching. Im scared to death to lose. If you lose, you worry about everything. For most of my career, thats been a positive thing. At this point, were not winning enough games. So when you dont win games, people are going to want the head coachs head; its the way it works. Ive told you that from the beginning. Ive accepted that only as part of the job, but not as part of where were going.
Obviously angry in his post-game interview after the 41-13 loss to the Giants, Linehan had plenty of fire still raging Monday afternoon. Here are some more excerpts:
*On the Rams failing to finish games:
Two years ago, we finished games great. Our fourth-quarter scoring and production was outstanding. Last year it was bad, and this year its not much better. . . . Over the last six months, weve done nothing but try to make adjustments and improvements. We have a new offensive system, weve got new defensive players, weve got some adjustments weve made within the (coaching) staff, and weve got a few new offensive players.
Thats all fine and dandy, but weve got to go out there and turn whatever those adjustments were into positive plays and positive drives and positive finishes to the fourth quarter. Right now, thats not happening.
*On the defense giving up a six-play, 82-yard TD drive after the Rams made it 20-13 early in the fourth period:
To be in a position where, bang, we finally get something going offensively when we get the touchdown with Torry (Holt) great play, one of the best catches Ive ever seen. To a special-teams play, bang, you have another great play (a jarring tackle by Chris Draft on the 18-yard line on the subsequent kickoff). Now its 20-13 and youre really in a position where defensively, you can go out and sack the quarterback, pick off a ball, go three-and-out, and all of a sudden now its a one-score game and youre playing at home and the place is going nuts.
Thats where we were. We were in a position where we couldve just taken that game over right then and there. And instead . . . we went back to where we were down two scores and the clock running out.
*On possible lineup changes this week:
Yeah, I think so. Whether we do them or not remains to be seen as we go through the week. But there could be some adjustments to the lineup, for sure.
*On other possible changes:
Ill tell you what: we could flip-flop, practice at midnight and sleep during the day. We could eat baloney sandwiches on Wednesday, penalize the team for not playing very good. We could try all that stuff. But the bottom line is how we play on Sunday and what we do when we get in those moments in the game that are going to decide our fate. Thats really nothing else you can do.