Richie Incognito’s time in St. Louis wasn’t exactly quiet. In 2006, a pair of late penalties in a Nov. 12 game in Seattle contributed mightily to a 24-22 last-second loss to the Seahawks. Had the Rams hung on in that game they would’ve ended up winning the NFC West in Scott Linehan’s rookie season as head coach. In 2007, he dubbed himself “The Sheriff” after taking part in a team brawl during a Rams Park scrimmage. Incognito explained that he was trying to protect running back Steven Jackson, who had absorbed a couple of jolts from safeties Corey Chavous and Oshiomogho Atogwe. In 2008, Incognito took note of empty seats at the Edward Jones Dome and criticized Rams fans for not knowing when to cheer or how to cheer. The fans gave him the business at the end of the next home game — a loss to Chicago — and Incognito responded with some, uh, childish gestures as he walked off the field and headed to the locker room. In 2009, he was flagged for a couple of blatant personal fouls against Jeff Fisher’s Tennessee Titans in what proved to be Incognito’s last game as a Ram. He was fined $50,000 by the league for those transgressions and got a letter of reprimand. Those lowlights aside, a couple of former teammates had no problems with Incognito during his time in St. Louis. “Richie was a great teammate,” defensive end Chris Long said. “I really enjoyed having Richie on the team. Obviously he had the racially insensitive language (in Miami), and it’s a line you don’t cross. I never heard him say anything like that here. But Richie was really well liked by everybody here.” “I never had any problems with Richie,” linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “I know nothing of what’s going on down there (in Miami). I haven’t talked to him since he left here.” Long, Laurinaitis, and linebacker Will Witherspoon are the only current Rams who were teammates of Incognito during his time in St. Louis. Long was around for the ’08 and ’09 seasons with Incognito. Laurinaitis was a rookie in ’09. More recently, defensive tackle Kendall Langford and offensive tackle Jake Long were teammates of Incognito in Miami. Incognito has created a firestorm in the past week for his alleged bullying of Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, including a profanity-laced telephone voice mail that included racial slurs.
Rams say Incognito wasn’t a bully here
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Nov 8