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Spagnuolo fires longtime Rams employee

Posted on: January 13, 2011 8:45 am
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo fired longtime equipment manager Todd Hewitt after the season, he apparently wasn’t teaching a how-to-create-good-PR course at the local college. Hewitt, after all, had been working with the Rams since he was 10 years old (and had taken a fulltime job in 1978, serving under 10 head coaches), and his father, Don Hewitt was the long-time equipment manager before him, beginning his reign in 1967.

But Spagnuolo said he wanted to go in a different direction – a different direction with the equipment manager? Seriously? – and apparently, the two never much liked each other. And so, Hewitt is out.

Hewitt sat down with the Riverfront Times to discuss the latest happenings.

From the article:

It was a firing, pure and simple. No explanation. No negotiation. Not even a deftly crafted message by the team's spokesman along the lines of "Todd has decided he wants to spend more time with his family." The conversation lasted three minutes. Hewitt had until the end of the day to clear out his office; his request to do so over the weekend was denied. With the wind knocked out of him, Hewitt called his wife, who woke his three sons; they arrived at the complex in a moving truck. A security guard stood watch to make sure Hewitt didn't depart with anything that didn't belong to him.

In just one morning it had come to this: The man who'd spent more years with the Rams than anyone else since the '70s - who joined the organizational family in 1967 as a ten-year-old ball boy, who screwed the face masks onto the helmets of Jack Youngblood, Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk, who in 1997 earned the NFL's Equipment Manager of the Year Award, who helped usher the team into a new city, fourteen playoff appearances and three Super Bowls – was consigned to shuttling boxes into a moving truck in the freezing cold, as the clock ticked and a security guard stood watch.  …

Over their two years together, the relationship between head coach and equipment manager had grown frosty. To hear Hewitt tell it, Spagnuolo brought a militaristic dysfunction to the locker room. He criticized the way Hewitt distributed socks. He questioned the way he hung wall fixtures. He scoffed at him for loading the team plane too slowly. He warned him never to talk back to him. By the second year, Hewitt couldn't assign a number to a new player without checking upstairs first. "He made life miserable," Hewitt sums up.


Hewitt also pointed out that he hoped the Rams lose every game until Spagnuolo is no longer in charge.

I’m sure Spagnuolo has his side to the story, but the team isn’t commenting any further than, “We have decided not to retain Todd Hewitt and (assistant strength coach) Chuck Faucette going forward in 2011. We appreciate their efforts in the past and wish them well in the future."

In the end, to 90 percent of Rams fans, this firing will probably have no impact on their love for the team. But still, it leaves you with questions about Spagnuolo, doesn’t it? About his compassion, about his people skills and about the way he handles his locker room. Simply put, this doesn't look good.

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Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Spagnuolo fires longtime Rams employee

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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Spagnuolo fires longtime Rams employee

Look, this guy caused the Rams to be under .500 the last two years.  There is no other way to explain it.
kirkydu, you're right on. Except for the fact that the Rams have actually been under .500 since 2006. Not the last two years. So when you make your snide, garbage remarks, make sure you have some sort of background knowledge. Thanks.



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2011 11:55 am
 

Spagnuolo fires longtime Rams employee

sure would like to hear BOTH sides of this one.  Long-term employees sometimes think that they can do their own thing in some areas, and are untouchable because of their tenure.  They get a false sense of security, and may or may not, get a little "Mule-like". Then along comes a person total responsibility for the whole picture, and that same employee may think.....huh...I've been here a heck of a lot longer that he or she, and I'll be here when heor she is gone. A lot of times that tends to bite that emplyee right in the shorts. Spags took a loser mentality team and made them a winning team in a short amount of time. I'm a firm believer that in most professional sports, the person in charge has to be "militaristic" and develop a sense of "my way, or the highway" enviroment. But at the same time being a tad flexible when the situation calls for it.  I think there's more to this story than is being reported, and I don't think we'll ever get both sides. Honestly, I don't think Spag's owes anyone, except for those above him, a dissertation on why this happened. All I know is this.......Being a NY Giant fan for OVER 50 years, I'll take him as our head coach IN A MINUTE.  I was VERY SORRY to see him leave us, but was happy for him to get his chance as a Head Coach. Spags.......if St. Louis doesn't want you........C'mon back to NY.


So your comment is based on something that may have been the case., makes sense. The guys obvioussly and A-hole and power hungry moron.




Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 8:53 am
 

Spagnuolo fires longtime Rams employee

What exactly is this guy suppose to do now after his lifetime resume reads "Ballboy" and "Equipment Manager"?




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 8:38 am
 

Spagnuolo fires longtime Rams employee

I sure would like to hear BOTH sides of this one.  Long-term employees sometimes think that they can do their own thing in some areas, and are untouchable because of their tenure.  They get a false sense of security, and may or may not, get a little "Mule-like". Then along comes a person total responsibility for the whole picture, and that same employee may think.....huh...I've been here a heck of a lot longer that he or she, and I'll be here when heor she is gone. A lot of times that tends to bite that emplyee right in the shorts. Spags took a loser mentality team and made them a winning team in a short amount of time. I'm a firm believer that in most professional sports, the person in charge has to be "militaristic" and develop a sense of "my way, or the highway" enviroment. But at the same time being a tad flexible when the situation calls for it.  I think there's more to this story than is being reported, and I don't think we'll ever get both sides. Honestly, I don't think Spag's owes anyone, except for those above him, a dissertation on why this happened. All I know is this.......Being a NY Giant fan for OVER 50 years, I'll take him as our head coach IN A MINUTE.  I was VERY SORRY to see him leave us, but was happy for him to get his chance as a Head Coach. Spags.......if St. Louis doesn't want you........C'mon back to NY.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:15 am
 

Spagnuolo fires longtime Rams employee

The fact of the matter is,none of us are members of the Rams organization so all we can do is speculate. Maybe Spags had a good reason,maybe he was being a douchebag,problem is,none of us will ever know the whole story.



Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:40 am
 

Spagnuolo fires longtime Rams employee

wow, what a dick! 



Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:43 am
 

Spagnuolo fires longtime Rams employee

You know this is really sad. I am not a fan of the Rams, but I do hope that Karma comes around and bites ol' Spaggy right in the shorts. For as much as the coach is paid and all of the players, the equipment manager is a working stiff just like you and me. His job is huge for what he is paid. Just because you have a personality clash is no reason to fire some hard working guy. I mean, how does an equipment manager adversely affect a team in winning football games? Answer: In no way. It's the coach and the players. I believe Pete Carrol would never do this to any admin person, unless he stole from the team or some other serious action on his part. But, never over personality differences. The Rams will be doomed. Remember what happened to the Chicago Cubs after the billy goat incident. I'm just saying, 'Karma's a bitch'.


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