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Report: Kroenke “torn” on Rams future, Devaney could go


The Rams are 2-12 and the expectation nationally is that coach Steve Spagnuolo will be let go at the end of the season.

Locally, there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on his future. No one seems sure what owner Stan Kroenke will do.

One scenario, according to’s John Czarnecki, that Spagnuolo could keep his job while G.M. Billy Devaney might go.

Czar writes that Kroenke is “torn” about what to do. It’s possible that both the coach and Devaney could be let go, but Czar says “If only one goes, Devaney could be it.”

That decision would be fraught with issues. Spagnuolo is entering the final year of his contract. So Kroenke would need to bring him back as a lame duck coach or extend his contract.

Plus, hiring a new G.M. with a coach already in place would create a strange dynamic.

Kroenke was a minority owner in St. Louis when Devaney and Spagnuolo were hired. That also seems to make it more likely that changes will be made. Kroenke has yet to truly make his stamp on the organization since taking over last year.

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17 Responses to “Report: Kroenke “torn” on Rams future, Devaney could go”
  1. bunjy96 says: Dec 24, 2011 9:52 AM

    Both need to go.

  2. rosloe62 says: Dec 24, 2011 10:18 AM

    I like Spags as a DC. But if the Rams are going to get back on the winning track, both have to go. You’re not going to get a great GM if a clack is already in place. If in doubt, hire the right GM and let them decide on the head coach.

  3. liquidalfa says: Dec 24, 2011 10:22 AM

    Bradford has taken major step backs with McDaniel. I say get rid of him and let Spagnola have another year.

  4. yahmule says: Dec 24, 2011 10:28 AM

    Poor Kroenke. Owning a football team is a lot more complicated than marrying the heir to a bazillionaire, isn’t it?

  5. wardmanone says: Dec 24, 2011 10:28 AM

    What’s to decide? Look at each of their performance, poor drafting, free agents, finding replacements for injuries in season brutal, poor coaching in all three phases regressed fundamentally his coaching and coaching staff brutal. Clean Sweep is needed.

  6. aaronsevivas says: Dec 24, 2011 10:33 AM

    Alotta talk about Spags getting fired and going to the eagles or giants as DC..

    My opinion..

    Steve Spags is the PERFECT successor to Coughlin as coach of the NY Football Giants.

    IMHO Coughlin is an incredible coach, but the next season the front office should let him go on great terms and bring in Spags as HC.

    He would invigorate the defense (this is what we NEED) and give a feeling of familiarity to Eli and the offense.

    My vote.

  7. adm350 says: Dec 24, 2011 10:38 AM

    We got a DC spot for ya Spags……bring Quentin with you to Philly.

  8. samtheram says: Dec 24, 2011 10:39 AM

    Kroenke needs to speak, so far he’s a lame duck owner, it was reported that he still consults with Shaw. If this is the best he can do let him rape another city, LA comes to mind, St Louis has shown support to one of the worse teams in history and he won’t even speak. We only had a couple of blackouts in the last five years and only won about 10 games, the last blackout was in o9.

    Kroenke shows the arrogance of the owners that think we should kiss their ass to watch a crappy product while they are making record money. Then he wants a new stadium to replace one that was built in 95 or he might take his crappy product somewhere else. Spags is the least of our problems.

  9. kane337 says: Dec 24, 2011 10:40 AM

    Spags is a good coach. I have never thought much of Devaney. The team is void of talent.

  10. lastl00 says: Dec 24, 2011 10:55 AM

    Kroenke is a self-made billionaire, who then married a billionaire. Know your facts.

  11. Mr. Hand says: Dec 24, 2011 11:03 AM

    LA beckons

  12. docboss says: Dec 24, 2011 11:34 AM

    Not that it is relevant to the Spags/Devaney issue but;

    “Kroenke earned his MBA a year later and met Ann during a vacation in Aspen. By happenstance, she was a Missouri nursing student. They married in 1974.

    In 1975, Kroenke took a job with Missouri retail developer Raul Walters, who had built some of Wal-Mart’s early stores. In taking the opportunity, Kroenke turned down a paid fellowship to earn a Ph.D. at Missouri.

    Kroenke became Walters’ full partner in 1979, and the two developed more than 20 retail malls, many anchored by Wal-Marts, across the Midwest.

    When Kroenke ventured out on his own in 1985, his dealings with Wal-Mart flourished.” Per Denver Post.

    He married Ann long before he made his “fortune”.

    He is a smart guy on many levels. Interestingly, he dumped 3.3 million bucks worth of wine at his California winery because it was not up to their standards. Wonder what he thinks about the standards of the Rams?

    LA beckons.

  13. blackbeardk says: Dec 24, 2011 12:35 PM

    Devaney has failed everywhere he goes, how does this guy even get a job?

  14. pacificnw7722 says: Dec 24, 2011 12:42 PM

    Steve Spagnuolo isn’t head coach material period. A nice guy and decent Defensive Coordinator…yes.

    Clean sweep, send them packing and start the development of Sam Bradford over again.

  15. ramzzy99 says: Dec 25, 2011 1:11 PM

    I agree with pacificnw7722, “Steve Spagnuolo isn’t head coach material period. A nice guy and decent Defensive Coordinator…yes.

    Clean sweep, send them packing and start the development of Sam Bradford over again.”…

    But the FIRST thing he needs to do as our new owner is MOVE THE RAMS BACK TO CALIFORNIA!!!

  16. ramatic says: Dec 26, 2011 9:53 PM

    I am sure everyone has their opinion but I really wanted the Rams to win enough to keep Spags. I think the defense( even with the disasterous injuries in the secondary) has shown promise before wearing out towards the end of the game because our offense cannot do anything. The problems on this team seem to be injuries and the talent assembled on offense. It is hard to judge our offensive coordinator. We have a lack of talent at wide receiver and are young at tight end with injuries at almost every area on offense.
    We also need to understand how “blowing the entire organization up” impacts Bradford.
    Do we really want to see our Quarterback having to learn another offense.
    If we need to let someone go involved in most of the personnel decisions then so be it. But, my vote is to keep the coach and the coordinator in combination with some additional talent assembled on this team.
    As far as the rams future, we had better not lose them as we will never get another team in ST Louis.

  17. mystereo says: Jan 1, 2012 5:13 AM

    Spags is the Norv Turner of head coaching. Decent coordinator but a lousy head coach.

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