Days After Firing, Rams Equipment Manager Sits Down with RFT to Reflect

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​Last Friday, Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt arrived to the team's Earth City complex at 5:50 a.m. -- 20 minutes late by his standards. It'd been a long week. The previous Sunday the Rams had dropped their season-ending game to the Seahawks, losing their bid to the playoffs. Hewitt had spent the next four days getting to work early so he could wash the final loads of laundry, strip down the locker room and help players prepare for their exit physicals. That Friday morning he was about to begin taking inventory for next season when he received a 7 a.m. call from head coach Steve Spagnuolo summoning him to his office.

Since Spagnuolo joined the team at the start of the 2009 season, he and Hewitt never warmed to each other; Spagnuolo had earned a reputation as a control freak, and it's possible he resented Hewitt's close relationship with the players. Hewitt, of course, was a Rams fixture, having served 10 different head coaches since 1978. He'd been appointed equipment manager in 1986, succeeding his father, the late Don Hewitt, who'd held the position since 1967.

When Hewitt entered Spagnuolo's office on Friday, he took a seat. But the head coach remained standing. General manager Billy Devaney hovered nearby.

Moments later, Hewitt experienced something he'd never anticipated in his 32-year career. He was fired.

"[Spagnuolo] said, 'There's no sense prolonging this. We're not going to bring you back,'" recalls Hewitt during an interview with Daily RFT at his Ballwin home.

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.

Last week the team also decided to let go of assistant strength coach Chuck Faucette. Shortly after Hewitt's firing, a statement attributed to Spagnuolo went out to the media: "We have decided not to retain Todd Hewitt and Chuck Faucette going forward in 2011. We appreciate their efforts in the past and wish them well in the future."

Now, after five days, the 54-year-old Hewitt has had time to unpack some of his boxes and emotions. Sitting on his couch in jeans and sneakers, he described the way the firing went down.


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carpet cleaning equipment

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Tim
Tim

Todd, I just caught up with this story.  I am speechless.

Scottstjames
Scottstjames

Hi RJ!   A sad ending to what appears to have been wonderful story/adventure preceding what turned out to be, "The end!".   In one way or another, most of us have "been there".

I can't help but be reminded of something that someone much smarter than me once said;   "Life's a bitch and then you die!"

At this point, I don't know how I can help you with your project, but in addition to being "a bitch", life can also be full of what turn out to be "pleasant surprises".   Quite quietly, an ambitious guy I know has been trying to get another pro football league "off the ground" for several years.   He thinks he's on the verge of being very close to maybe making this happen and if that does indeed happen, he's asked if I would be interested in helping (in a small way) as a paid employee.

If this turns out to actually happen, I would certainly have no problem tossing your project his way while trying to find out if there would be interest by him or any of his partners' regarding financial participation.

RJ, as we both know, life is also about throwing balls up into the air and finding out "how they land"!

No promises, but I wish you good luck and you can know you have my attention.

My "personal involvement", other than "conversation"?   At this point, I'm stretched too thin for anything new.

Scott 

Rams28137
Rams28137

Have know Todd personally for over 20 years. A true gentleman and the BEST equipment manager in pro football!

Wayne
Wayne

Todd Hewitt deserved better than what he got. I have stood beside him both on field and in the locker and to see the way he presented the gear to the team was and is second to none.The Rams are a poorer Team for his leaving by a Coach who is at this time a 25% winning Coach Coach I use term loosly, could only hope to be there in 30 years. I will take bets on that!!!! The players liked Todd and the way he did his job and in talking to many over the years I have been associated with the Rams he is regarded as the BEST.

JD
JD

You know, maybe he just didn't like Todd. He has every right in to put whoever he wants to head up the locker room as does any boss with any employee. Somehow I think they'll survive.

Gorams
Gorams

on top of not being nice he use to forge players signatures!

Oh2beaking
Oh2beaking

Todd was a dick at work. God doesn't like ugly!

fly on the wall
fly on the wall

I'm guessing there's not too many wet eyes at Rams Park. Todd has an ego the size of the locker room and was a jerk to the support staff. No doubt he put in the hours, but he didn't have to be a dick to everyone else in the building.

Smr632
Smr632

What a spoiled brat Hewitt is, he was blessed and protected for most of his life by nepotism, and rather than appreciating it, he know complains when he has his first taste of real life......

Navy Blue
Navy Blue

Same thing happens in corporate America. Company does bad, the leaders keep their jobs and the little guys lose theirs. Usually it comes down to whether your liked or not by the decision makers. Spags didn't like Hewitt. Which one of the four pillars does this fall under?

Lanetrading
Lanetrading

Yeah cause I'm sure it was Hewitts fault the Rams play like Crap!!!

Cameron Baker
Cameron Baker

From 1968 to 1970 i used to work with Todd's dad, Don Hewitt, the LA Rams equipment manager at our practice facility, Blair Field in Long Beach, CA. Don was an awesome eqpt manager, and i saw him and Todd work their asses off every day. When Don retired, i was glad Todd inherited his Dad's job. It's a tough job, but he picked up right where his dad left off, and Todd did a stellar job year after year, up until the day he was released. Firing Todd is not only a mistake, it's an injustice! It's also another prime example of how the Rams have been terribly mis-managed, every since Dick Vermiel left. The only reason they had a 500 record this past season, is because they finally have a damn good quarterback again, and a few of the other players stepped up, and decided they were gonna win more than 2 or 3 games last season. It wasnt because Steve Spagnuolo was the Rams head coach. I hope your reading this Stan Kronke., because it's true. You should fire Spagnuolo, bring the Rams back home to Los Angeles, and prosper again. I have been a loyal Rams fan since 1965, and it has been hard to remain a Rams fan since Coach Vermiel left. Todd if you are reading this, you did a great job for many years, and i'm proud of you. I wish you and your family the best of everything, and god bless your Dad. ... and Stan, if you are reading this - the firing of Todd Hewitt was the last straw for me. I'm declaring i am no longer a Rams fan, i'm done with the Rams. They only thing that will reverse my decision, is if you fire Spagnuolo, and bring the Rams back home to Los Angeles where they belong! Cam Baker Las vegas, NV

Gorams
Gorams

Cameron todd was a dick to most of the people at the games behind the scene. screw him, stellar job or not! You have to be nice to one another now days.

C-Note
C-Note

Wrong move by the wrong coach! Right the wrong fire Spags and rehire Todd.. and oh yes, bring the Rams back home to L.A.

SleepDoc
SleepDoc

Read this story: http://www.kmov.com/sports/Spa...

This isn't some blogger writing from his basement - it's by Doug Vaughn, one of the most respected voices in St. Louis sports and a person of class who actually knows these people. I've never read an article from Doug that was this emotional - he obviously knows that this was an unfair move on the part of Spags. This coach lost me when he showed that he didn't know how to manage the clock with 6 minutes left in the game - now he's simply nailed it shut. I won't ever be able to respect the organization until it puts people of class in the important positions.

Ramsfan42
Ramsfan42

If you didn't do anything wrong, Control-Freakazoid Spags, why not discuss it with the media? Why not tell your side, control your side's message? Unless, of course, you're clearly in the wrong and want to hide behind veils of secrecy. Way to man up. This wad on the sidelines will be back to being someone's DC or linebackers coach again in 2 years when he flames out the next two seasons, anyway. Way to prepare the guys for Seattle. Helluva job controlling THAT game.

SleepDoc
SleepDoc

If Hewitt had done something awful (as many speculate), he'd have kept very quiet and been thankful that the Rams didn't go public with the story. The fact that he talked to the RFT though means that he's not afraid of what the Rams might say in response - thus, he has nothing to hide. So even though we've only heard one side of the story, I'm fairly certain that there is no 'dirty little secret' here. The Rams kept quiet because they were the ones who were afraid of the truth becoming public, and they didn't anticipate that he'd go to the press. At this point, the Rams will stay quiet in an attempt to create an illusion of them 'taking the high road' - but it's too late. As they say, if only one person tells their story, and no one denies it, then it's the truth until proven otherwise. Spags is what he is - and I'm surprised that he's still around. I wouldn't doubt that he's been informed by ownership of his own ticking clock though - he won't be here after next season if he misses the playoffs. One other thing: Spags said in the post-game interview how he was disappointed to lose because he didn't know when another opportunity like this would come again. Is that how a head coach should talk after a tough loss - by saying that this might have been their only shot at the playoffs? Enough said...

Gorams
Gorams

he forged players signatures and he was a dick to people! that's enough i would think!!

boogiemann1
boogiemann1

After reading this I want to change my ass-clown vote to spag-douche-bag.

Tsn
Tsn

Rams suck anyway, GO HAWKS!!

Brent Bollmeier
Brent Bollmeier

The reason we're only hearing one side of the story is (apparently) because the Rams don't want to tell theirs, and I don't necessarily blame them for not wanting to air it. But it would seem that professional courtesy would at least dictate that he be given a reason for his dismissal. In addition, if someone has given you that long of service, you'd think having a weekend to clean your stuff out woudn't be too much to ask. Perhaps Spags should win a playoff game beforfe he acts like Vince Lombardi.....

Eric Soileau
Eric Soileau

Great move Spagnuolo. I'm sure a new equipment manager will help you win the division

Frank_grimes
Frank_grimes

A good man got screwed out of his job by a paranoid dick.

Here's hoping karma comes on back in a big way.

LOU SKUNT
LOU SKUNT

I WILL NEVER SUPPORT THE RAMS AGAIN UNTIL STEVE "I AM SO CONTROLLING THAT GIVE MY WIFE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO REAM MY ASSHOLE WITH HER STRAPON" SPAGNUOLO IS RUN OUT OF THIS TOWN.

Stan
Stan

looks like he took home a few free helmets!

lucinda03
lucinda03

are you serious spags taking it out on the equiptment manager, i used to have respect for this man....used to

Clarksproductions
Clarksproductions

Gain some perspective people. This story is one sided and the only side heard is from a man who just got fired. He is going to be bitter, angry and not have a clue why something so terrible could happen to him. Thats to be expected. In reality, no job is a given right.

You have to earn it and bust your butt. Even more so when new regimes come along. New owner, new boss, new people mean you have to suck it up and work harder to show your on board. Something obviously did not happen, didn't work out and he is out of a job. Just like anyone else who has ever been laid off or fired. Be glad he had a great job, his entire life. Now suck it up, put on your big boy pants and move on.

Gorams
Gorams

he was an ass most of the times!

tbone
tbone

what a bunch of laughable crap. Put your big boy pants on? So if you get fired without cause tomorrow you will just thank your lucky stars and put on some khaki capris and move on?? If you didnt notice (obviously) Hewitt stated that he didnt do anything wrong and Spags had it in for him. It's really just a matter of credibility and who you believe. You choose to believe Spags but I choose to give the benefit to Hewitt. Without first hand knowledge neither one of us will never know. I would ask Spags to put on some Big Boy pants however, they would need to be taken in before they would fit.

t
t

Someone had to take the blame to deflect away from his poor game and clock management and poor choice in offensive coordinators. Weak, soft vanilla offense and I bet the next guy will be more of the same to replace the clown who laughably got a HC spot. I was in favor of Spags until I realized that he will never be a good head coach (which this incident clearly shows he does not fit his own hypocritical 4 pillars BS, a ego-centrist self-autocrat FAKER). He needs to do like Singletary and stick to what he does best and go be a DC somewhere. It's real simple, 3 3-yard passes only moves the ball 9 yards - and thats not enough for a first down JACK. 3 1 yd runs is even WORSE, get a f'n CLUE.Take it back to Bawston CLOWN

Jim Fry
Jim Fry

I have known Todd & his Father Don, for over 25 years. This guys is a stellar man. A man of his word. It doesn't suprise me, because Georgia & John Shaw did the same thing to Don Hewitt in 1995, but brought him back, because so many people called, wrote letters, and down right complained the Rams organization. Todd lived, breathed, and Loved the Los Angeles Rams, & the St Louis Rams. He picked up his Family and moved them to Missouri, so he could continue to do what he Loved, besides his Family, & the Lord. Take care of the team he grew up with & Loved. Spagnuala, you are a completed JERK, and I hate to day this, but I hope you LOSE every Friggin game this next year. I have been a fan of the Rams since 1964. How can a man of 2 years coaching the St Louis Rams have so much control. Doesn't anyone higher up have any BALLS to step up to the plate, and put this Dictator in his place. I hope you don't take this sitting down. Fight for what you believe in.. Todd, thanks for all the memories, and all the great collectibles, I have gotten from you & your Father over the past 26 years. God Bless You Todd. BT, your the jerk. I have know this Family a Hell of a lot longer than you have, and hear say is Crap... He wouldn't have been with the team this long, had he not been doing something right.One Sincere Rams FanJim Fry

Jim717
Jim717

You have the mentality of a Child Molester Hotdogwaffles. Is this how you feel about friends and family that you've known for 25+ years.. You don't have to suck up to get things from friends. They are willing to give from the heart.

hotdogwaffles
hotdogwaffles

Did you give them all blow jobs too? Sounds like you did... and learn how to spell..

lucinda03
lucinda03

of course anyone who got free collectables will be completely biased to hewitt.we definately deserve an explanation as to why he got fired,this situation is why i am union

Jim717
Jim717

Over the 25+ years I have known the Hewitt Family, I have gotten 1 game used football free from them... I have had to purchase the othe collectibles (very nominal fee). I'm not going to assume, but I am sure that Friends of other Equipment Mgrs, have gotten them collectibles from star players also. I have never asked for anything free from either Todd or Don. So, let's not assume, because you know what that means.

hotdogwaffles
hotdogwaffles

are you one of the hard working union members or one of those lazy ass dipshit union members that get the same pay as the ones who are busing their ass?

Marianne Ciccone Denning
Marianne Ciccone Denning

I hope the front office decides to go in a "different direction" and the coach finds himself on the street. This equipment manager certainly is a dedicated employee...hopefully another team will sign him up!

MC
MC

Where is the other side of the story?? What did Hewitt do to get fired, because anyone with half a brain knows that something is not quite right with this story. Terrible job getting all of the facts out there, but I'm sure it will sell some advertising for the paper.

hotdogwaffles
hotdogwaffles

not from the rams, I suspect... so your comment about selling advertising for the paper makes no sense. I have seen rams ads in some back issues and I'm sure if they read this, they won't want to keep paying to put ads in...

Jeff Contrucci
Jeff Contrucci

"i'm praying that they lose every game next year.' That statement by a bitter little man is all we need to know. Good luck finding a new job with your nasty attitude. Sometimes instead of always pointing the finger, we need to pull the thumb Mr Hewitt.

RamsFan
RamsFan

hewitt is a male biatch who should have been fired. He was hand given the position because of his Dad and felt entitled to the position. Word is that he was a gossip and leaked info to the press. The simply fact that he's whining and not going to watch them on TV and prays they lose every game says it all...it was the right thing to do and fire him. He's a locker room poison and Spags stopped it.

Wayne
Wayne

Ever been to the locker room. Obviously NOT or you would not make that type of comment. Sit on the couch with your popcorn and watch.

tbone
tbone

Another expert opinion. He was locker room poison that Dick Vermiel, Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk called personally after he was fired? Spags had nothing better to do but lash out at the low rung employees? Sounds like Spags needs to spend more time trying to figure out how to grow some balls big enough to throw the replay flag, call timeouts when they are needed and most of all- get registered for a "Offensive Playcalling for Dummies" class. Spags will be looking for a DC job within 2 years.

cody
cody

Pat shurmur called the offensive plays this entire season. Not spags. so i dont know what you are talking about. He is a defensive coach and everyone knows it. That is why he is smart enough to have the OC call the plays.

tbone
tbone

Smart enough? I guess he called up to Shurmur to see if he needed timeouts and if he could throw the replay flag. If he truly just let Shurmur call the offensive plays without any input or authority to influence he is definitely not what I would call Smart. Spags knows the buck stops with him and from what I know has his hands in just about every aspect of the team....no know like the equipment manager for instance. Nuf Said

Clarksproductions
Clarksproductions

Regardless of how great the guy may be, a new boss came in and he didn't get along with him. Happens every day. It's tough but the way it is. I am positive the guy had grown a little too comfortable in his role and that lead to some friction. With all new owners and new boss it makes sense he was going to lose. Tough part off life. Time to move on.

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