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Like Bill Parcells in Miami, who can walk away with pay once Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga transfers control of the franchise to Stephen Ross, new Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has finagled protection against a sale of the franchise for which he now works.
According to Jay Glazer of FOX, Spagnuolo’s contract includes an escape clause, which allows him to walk away if/when the team is sold.
It’s unknown whether Spagnuolo also gets the rest of his pay.
Earlier in the day, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Spagnuolo was attractive to the Rams because their past two head-coaching hires had an offensive background — and both were fired.
Mortensen also reported that the Rams moved when they did on Spagnuolo due to concerns that he’d emerge as a candidate to coach the Chiefs.
As we understand it, G.M. Billy Devaney wanted Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.  But, as we suggested last night, Garrett’s salary expectations allowed John Shaw to tilt the process toward Spagnuolo, who was Shaw’s first choice.

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  1. vincelombardi says: Jan 18, 2009 3:09 PM

    florio , papers here in d/fw say fan base in st. louis skunked the garrett deal. they (print media here) claim so many fans were calling and complaining about garrett no way rams front office felt they could hire him.

  2. timstl says: Jan 18, 2009 11:27 PM

    Balzer is saying Spagnuolo was Devaney’s guy. Reports before the hire indicated Spagnuolo was Devaney’s guy, and Garrett was Shaw’s. You’re saying the opposite… sooo… which is it?

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