Spagnuolo closes first minicamp

Updated: April 2, 2009, 4:19 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Steve Spagnuolo says the St. Louis Rams are like a Broadway play in rehearsal, needing to eliminate distractions.

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That's why the new coach closed the five workouts at the team's voluntary three-day minicamp to the media, except for a 20-minute window at the start of Thursday's second practice.

The Rams went 2-14 last year, when practices were open under interim head coach Jim Haslett. He took over from Scott Linehan, who was fired after an 0-4 start in his third season.

Spagnuolo says workouts may be open for the next minicamp from May 1-3 if things go well. He was happy with the initial workout, ending it a few minutes early.

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