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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
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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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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

The Rams need to hire an offensive HC, or at least one heck of an OC.  Sam Bradford needs some serious mentoring to take that next step.



Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 3:52 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

Thank you Stan!!!!!! It is 3 seasons past due!!



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

getting a new coach is really a tricky business. the coaches in miami and st louis were both coordinaters. they seemed like they would be good head coaches. obviously good in an interview. a team hires a coach because they had a lousy team and they lose. the perfect coach just wants to coach and will let the gm pick the team. the problem simes of often the coach wants to pick his own players, and a lot of times that is not his talent. plus timeswise there is a problem, if a coach works 16 hours a day as a coach, when will he have time to be a gm, worry about all the rules and paperwork the nfl puts on you.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:03 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

I just pray that they hire a coach with EXPERIENCE. I hope he does go to Philadelphia, AS LONG AS HE IS NOT HEAD COACH!!!!!!!



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:03 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

I just pray that they hire a coach with EXPERIENCE. I hope he does go to Philadelphia, AS LONG AS HE IS NOT HEAD COACH!!!!!!!



Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:16 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

Spags...Come back to Philadelphia!!!!!!!!!



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:52 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

Thank you Football Gods.  It's about time.  Spag had his chances, but hiring McIdiot as his offensive Corrdinator this season was a joke.  Neither of them knows how to call a game.  They leave Steven Jackoson on the Sidelines in crucial downs, and expect to win games.

Hopefully Stan the Man hires a coach and GM who know a little about winning a putting a contender instead of a pretender on the field next season.

For this RAM FAN this is the most excited i've been all season.



Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:45 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

It's sad that the Rams have to clean house again for the second time in the last 3 years, but Spags and Devaney have shown they can't run a team. Poor draft picks such as Jason Smith, Mardy Gillyard, and Donnie Avery. Poor free agent pick ups such as Jason Brown and Mike Sims Walker. Poor development of players such as Bradford and the offensive line. Seriously, why didn't he hire a QB coach for a 2nd year QB. The offensive line which is coached by Steve Loney is a leftover from the Linehan years. So far he has put out Alex Barron, Jason Smith, Jason Brown, and god knows who else. What a worthless coach!


Then Spags and his coordinators were terrible at preparing for the game, having a solid game plan in place, and play calling. During the Ravens game he said during the postgame he didn't expect Baltimore to pass much. Then why didn't he make adjustments during the game instead of keeping Justin King out there and allowing mismatches all around the field. Then the play calling all year around was atricious. He had Bradford do a bootleg in Seattle when he was still having issues with his high ankle sprain. That is one of the most stupidest plays I've ever seen, and the world got to see his stupidity during that game. What is sad is that the Rams had serious issues such with penalities, blocking, and catching the ball before the injuries piled on. Finally, Spags 10 wins were mostly against bad teams. He has had one signature win, and that was agianst the Saints this year, one win against an 8-8 team, and that was against the Chargers last year. Then the other 8 wins were against teams with a record below .500. He wasn't a good coach, his personell aren't good coachs/coordinators, and Billy Daveny has shown to the world that he doesn't know how to evaluate talent.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:39 pm
 

Rams officially fire Steve Spagnuolo, GM Devaney

Rams need to do a better job of drafting players.  Jason Smith is a bust.  I am not too keen on Sam Bradford; think he is an average QB.  Plan on plenty of losing seasons.   My #1 advice to Rams is go out and hire Coach Fisher.  He is a winner!  Then start drafting better.  Wins will come.



TDAISON
Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:14 pm
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