Spagnuolo’s system taking an early hit

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“I make no excuses. He made the play, I didn’t,” King said. “I was probably about an inch away from both balls.”

Spagnuolo took it another step, saying Hall of Fame cornerback Mike Haynes might not have caught some of Flacco’s throws.

“We could take the two wideouts every play and then it wouldn’t take too long for them to figure out,” Spagnuolo said. “We just need to shore up the run defense in my opinion, always. I get the stats on the passing.”

The Rams have added depth that may come into play after next week’s bye, signing veteran cornerback Rod Hood on Wednesday. Hood is coming off of reconstructive knee surgery in June 2010.

Coaches and players alike say the problem has nothing to do with getting physically whipped.

“There’s times that guys, they beat their guy too much, believe it or not,” Poppinga said. “We get ourselves out of position because we’re destroying our guy so much. But understanding the big picture is the point, and where we fit in the big picture.”

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