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Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:19 am
Edited on: January 2, 2012 1:45 pm
 
The Rams are cleaning house on Monday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Monday, St. Louis fired third-year coach Steve Spagnuolo as well as general manager Billy Devaney, beginning a house-cleaning process in order to get the franchise turned around after another two-win season.

The team announced both of the firings around 11:30 a.m. ET.

Black Monday

"I would like to personally thank Steven and Billy for their dedication to the St. Louis Rams over the past several seasons," owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement released by the team. "This was a difficult decision for many reasons. We have tremendous respect for them as people and professionals. No one individual is to blame for this disappointing season and we all must hold ourselves accountable.

"However, we believe it’s in the best interest of the St. Louis Rams to make theses changes as we continue our quest to build a team that consistently competes for playoffs and championships. We wish Steve, Billy and their families the very best in the future and thank them again for their commitment to our organization and the city of St. Louis.”

Ryan Wilson's already detailed everything you need to know about Spags' tenure, when the news of his firing broke earlier Monday, and there's a good chance he bounces back quickly in terms of landing a coordinator job, despite

Devaney, 12-52 as Rams general manager, was hired in 2008 after working under Rich McKay with the Atlanta Falcons and his first major move with St. Louis was hiring Spags.

Things looked to be turning the corner for the Rams in 2010, when they fell one game short of a division title thanks to Sam Bradford's outstanding rookie year, but everything collapsed back to Earth in 2011, as the Rams won just two games and ended up with the second-worst record in the NFL, behind only the Colts.

In Devaney's four years with the team, the Rams drafted with the second, second, first and fourteenth picks.

Not helping matters for the duo is the fact that Kroenke's status: Kroenke became majority owner of the Rams late in 2010

There's been plenty of rumors surrounding a tandem replacement for Devaney that involves A.J. Smith (if he's let go from the Chargers) and Jon Gruden (if he leaves ESPN).

Either way, as Clark Judge noted, it would be wise of the team to find a general manager and coach who're offensive-minded enough to bring in talent and work/develop Bradford into an elite NFL quarterback.

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Comments

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:12 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

They need to retool the front office and coaching staff. they also need to bring in more talent. They basically have wasted Stephen Jackson.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:11 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

They need to retool the front office and coaching staff. they also need to bring in more talent. They basically have wasted Stephen Jackson.



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:15 am
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

lol oh no jobless..after making like what 9 million$ oh no..oh no.



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:13 am
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

McDaniels is a waste of space. If Spag's is gone, I hope McDaniels and his cut off hoodies are gone too. He did so well with Bradford this year that people are starting to say that the Rams should draft a QB. He did so well with Orton in Denver last year that he got cut midway through the season after being replaced by Tebow.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:02 am
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

HAHAHA! I could care less about the Rams but I have been looking forward to this ever since I read about him firing the longtime equipment manager at the height of the recession over what sounded like "just because he could". Suck a dick Spags. I hope your jobless for a few years.  



Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:44 am
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

Steve, New York Giants here. How about you come down and replace our offensive corr. I know you one us the Superbowl being or defensive but kill drive is fucking up. Granted were playing great now, but what a waste of space. COVER YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU CALL THE SAME BS PLAYS AT LEAST. 



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:56 am
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

 I do feel bad for Steve, but I'm sure there are at least 15 to 20 teams who are interested in him being the defensive coordinater next year.  That is his fit, and I bet he will be happier getting back where he belongs.  Hard gig in St. Louis, as well as it will be for the next coach.  Good luck Spags!



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:47 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

Maybe the Eagles will fire Juan Castillo now as well as Joe Banner and get Spags back into the fold.



Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:01 pm
 

Bring in Jeff Fisher

It's not mandatory the Rams hire an offensive minded coach. This team needs a motivator and disciplinarian. Jeff Fisher is the right man for the job. He's got a ton of experience and knows what needs to happen to get this team winning. IF Josh McDaniels can work with him then he's already got his OC.

Jeff Fisher should be the man if he'll take the job.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:25 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

I really wanted Spags and Devaney to succeed, but it is what it is. Now back my multiple choice. Will it be Cowher, Billick or Gruden. Those are the 3 on my wish list. Tough to pull them off of the couch, but we need a stern leader. We have proven that the nice guy finished last (in the division & 2nd in the NFL) I really thought that we were on the road to recovery, at the beginning of the season, but now, we still have to worry about Bradford. He is beginning to develop "happy feet" along with the " count to 2 and duck". A swiss cheese line can do that to any young QB, but memories of Brock, Miller and Bulger are starting to re-occur in my mind. The Haden and Warner days are once again, a distant memory.

The one man show, Jackson, will be slowing down soon, and since the Rams are only 1 of a few teams that take this approach, we will be doomed in the RB department eventually. We need a 2 or 3 headed monster approach, with SJ being one of the heads.

Back to the coaches. I already know that I won't be happy with the final choice, since it would be highly unlikely that we dig deep in the pockets for a GOOD, experienced coach. How about Cowher/Billick co-GM's with a Gruden coach? Yeah, just dreaming.

I'll be praying for success.


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