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Spagnuolo plans to be with the Rams in 2012

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Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo could soon be fired.  But while they may be able to take his body out of St. Louis, there’s one fairly important part that will be left behind.

Asked by Anthony Gargano of FOX Sports Radio regarding where Spagnuolo will be in 2012, he said “the St. Louis Rams,” without hesitation.

“That’s where my heart is,” Spagnuolo added.  “That’s where my dedication is, and drive.  You know, when I came here, this was never about me. . . .  I was very blessed to share an experience in New York where we won a Super Bowl and have that ring that everybody’s shooting for.  I came here in hopes that the people here would be able to experience that.  So what drives me is being able to bring that for other people, and we hope to continue to do that.”

Spagnuolo described the 2011 season in St. Louis as a “bump along the road, or a bunch of bumps.”  It remains widely believed that Spagnuolo will bumped off after Sunday, even though John Czarnecki of FOXSports.com has suggested that Spagnuolo could stay and G.M. Billy Devaney could go.  In the end, both could go.

And perhaps Spagnuolo will then have that chance to help people in another city experience a Super Bowl victory.

Maybe, unlike St. Louis, a city that has never experienced that.

Maybe, you know, Philadelphia.

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33 Responses to “Spagnuolo plans to be with the Rams in 2012”
  1. rollore says: Dec 31, 2011 10:34 PM

    Then I guess the Eagles will hire his wife. SHE has a house over there.

  2. freedomispopular says: Dec 31, 2011 10:35 PM

    Not sure why they’d fire him. He had them going in the right direction, then he has one bad season, right after a lockout. Can’t expect them to install a new offense without an offseason.

  3. hallcyon says: Dec 31, 2011 10:42 PM

    A bump? It is said you are only as good as your record indicates. He just presided over the worst three years I can recall any coach ever having. Yet it’s just a bump to him? Spagnuolo is an incompetent loser.

  4. godofwine330 says: Dec 31, 2011 10:47 PM

    It’s good to have plans, but when the execution, or success of that plan isn’t up to you…then well..

    If the Rams decide to keep him, cool. If not he gets paid millions NOT to be the coach AND he is still a sought after defensive coordinator. Not bad.

  5. mrcosio says: Dec 31, 2011 10:48 PM

    Philadelphia. Another city that has never experienced “that”.

  6. tking63 says: Dec 31, 2011 10:50 PM

    Spagnuolo described the 2011 season in St. Louis as a “bump along the road, or a bunch of bumps.”… That is putting it lightly…”Spags” your season was like a Train wreck that ran off the tracks and then rolled off a cliff in a fireball.

  7. yevrag3535 says: Dec 31, 2011 10:53 PM

    Yo.

  8. pftstory says: Dec 31, 2011 11:15 PM

    His 2nd year QB was hurt. The team had no WR’s. Injuries elsewhere. You are not going to expect a young team to have depth to handle that.

    If he goes it should be for more then just this season’s record. Was this the year to see progress after not enough in the first two? Or was the progress there in year 1 & 2 and this year was derailed by factors he could not control?

    Not being in ST Lou or a Ram fan, I dont have the data to have an opinion. But to me that is the question. It’s not a matter of looking at this year’s record.

  9. lastl00 says: Dec 31, 2011 11:42 PM

    Some of you non-ram fans are sounding so measured and saying he should stay. But if he just presided over a 10-37 record over three years with your team like he just did with mine, you’d be running him out on a rail too. He didn’t get it done, nor did Devaney. Time to go.

  10. briang123 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:02 AM

    I doubt the Rams plan on having him around in 2012 though.

  11. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 1, 2012 12:18 AM

    Come back to the Giants, Spags! Why did you ever leave??

  12. ezg1 says: Jan 1, 2012 12:28 AM

    Whomever was responsible for hiring of Josh McDiphead should be terminated! My guess is Devaney?

  13. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 1, 2012 12:34 AM

    I heard that show Breaking Bad was like, really good.

  14. steelerchicken says: Jan 1, 2012 12:42 AM

    Learn something from the Steelers! You are going to stink with the new coach as well. The GM might be a different story

  15. codysteeler says: Jan 1, 2012 1:49 AM

    It wont matter if you fire him or not, no coach would be able to lead a young rams team with a lot of injuries to a successful season. Stop sayin his record as the rams coach is terrible, it not the coach, the coach can only control so much! Look elsewhere with your problems!

  16. brenenostler says: Jan 1, 2012 2:13 AM

    I cannot believe the coach who looked like a genius for taking down the undefeated Patriots and the guy that developed Tom Brady into who he is are coaching the same team and will finish with a 2-14 record. I predicted the Rams to be 12-4 this year.

  17. realitypolice says: Jan 1, 2012 2:15 AM

    freedomispopular says:
    Dec 31, 2011 10:35 PM
    Not sure why they’d fire him. He had them going in the right direction, then he has one bad season, right after a lockout. Can’t expect them to install a new offense without an offseason.
    ==========================

    One horrific season, followed by an extremely mediocre 7-9 fueled in part by a last place schedule, than another horrific season. 10-37 with one game to go.

    What were you seeing that I was missing?

  18. madisonave99 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:20 AM

    I crack up hearing clearly armchair GM fans talking about when a coach should be fired–they’re ALWAYS wrong. Alert me when Spags actually has talent to work with. Steven Jackson out most of year, Bradford out most of the year, ni WR’s, and a sorry defense. Yet the Rams still played hard and tough every week and never mailed it in. The W-L record isn’t always the bottom line

  19. CKL says: Jan 1, 2012 2:47 AM

    ezg1 says:
    Jan 1, 2012 12:28 AM
    Whomever was responsible for hiring of Josh McDiphead should be terminated! My guess is Devaney?
    ___________________________________
    It certainly doesn’t make much sense that Spags would hire the guy who is the main reason Spags has a SB ring…with an opposing team.

  20. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 1, 2012 3:08 AM

    His chances of being the Rams Head Coach next year are only slightly better than mine.

  21. waltdawg says: Jan 1, 2012 7:28 AM

    Yeah Spags….But do the Rams plan to stick with you?

  22. mickmars says: Jan 1, 2012 8:01 AM

    And I plan on having a threesome with Jessica Biel and Mila Kunis in 2012. My guess is both our best laid out plans have about an equal chance of coming to fruitation………

  23. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 1, 2012 8:07 AM

    Spagnolo was the right man for the job when he was hired. The Rams had a lot of money invested in Adam Carriker(no longer there) and Chris Long, Spags was the right man to develop them.

    Now they have 50+ million invested in a QB..better get that man a Offensive minded Head Coach with a background in the West Coast Offense because thats a proven offense for Bradford.

    Or they can hire Norvell Turner, no team will be dumb enough to hire him as a Head Coach again.

    Anyway it goes,the boy Bradford needs stability. Can’t learn new offensive systems every year, and Josh Mac doesn’t plan on staying there long, and that system doesn’t fit Bradford anyway.

  24. kingpel says: Jan 1, 2012 9:03 AM

    The Rams are such a God awful football team and the fact that their clueless ownership and fans want him gone while the rest of the league covets him as a defensive coordinator speaks volumes as to why that franchise has sucked for so, so, so, long.

    Would he ever win in St Louis? Probably not.
    But does anyone ever win in St Louis?

    I’d wish you luck Spags but you dont need it. You’ll be hired by a real organization 15 minutes after the Rams fire you.

  25. deathmonkey41 says: Jan 1, 2012 9:43 AM

    “the rest of the league covets him as a defensive coordinator”

    Yes, that 32nd ranked run defense is very appealling to a lot of teams- it’s probably their undisciplined play and the unabashed way they rack up penalty yards time and time again.

  26. nfl fan says: Jan 1, 2012 10:04 AM

    Back to NY Steve, where you belong.

    “Once a Giant, Always a Giant”

  27. richm2256 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:34 AM

    Didn’t the Rams used to be, you know …… good?

    Relevent?

  28. richm2256 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:41 AM

    brenenostler says:
    I cannot believe the coach who looked like a genius for taking down the undefeated Patriots and the guy that developed Tom Brady into who he is are coaching the same team and will finish with a 2-14 record.
    ——————————————————–
    Tom Brady was “developed” YEARS before Josh McDaniels came along.

    McDaniels can claim little credit for Tom Brady’s success, even in 2007. By then, Brady already had three rings, and McDaniels was the beneficiary of Brady being teamed up with Randy Moss and Wes Welker……. any one of US could have been just as successful as McDaniels that year.

    Don’t ever give McDaniels credit for Brady’s “development”.

  29. greymares says: Jan 1, 2012 10:55 AM

    nfl fan says:
    Jan 1, 2012 10:04 AM
    Back to NY Steve, where you belong.

    “Once a Giant, Always a Giant”

    even the Giants don’t like NEW YORK!!!!

  30. docboss says: Jan 1, 2012 10:55 AM

    You might wish to blame the Rams dismal season on injuries and a tough schedule. The injuries exposed the real reason for the poor record, the lack of talent. The lack of draft picks still with the team is shocking. Either the drafts were bad (Billy D’s fault), or the staff could not coach or develop players (Spag’s fault). Take your pick. Someone must go. Personally, I would not trust Billy D. with another draft. Remember the first two years of Dick Vermeil? To paraphrase Vermeil “I got a lot smarter when I got better players and they did not get hurt”. Spags should get a one year extension and please take the draft away from Billy D. In the mean time, the fans in STL are really excited about drafting another offensive lineman…..Yawn.

  31. kingpel says: Jan 1, 2012 12:51 PM

    @ docboss

    “In the mean time, the fans in STL are really excited about drafting another offensive lineman.”

    I feel for you. Meanwhile, the best skill players in the draft fall to Seattle and Arizona and they will torch you guys for years.

    Have another Bud.

  32. kingpel says: Jan 1, 2012 12:57 PM

    @deathmonkey41

    “Yes, that 32nd ranked run defense is very appealling to a lot of teams- it’s probably their undisciplined play and the unabashed way they rack up penalty yards time and time again.”

    Sorry fella. Its not the coach, its the team. The Rams front office are like kids playing Madden football. And their fans? Whew…. That city is really lucky to have a team at this point.

  33. kicksave1980 says: Jan 1, 2012 2:50 PM

    As other fellow Rams fans have stated, for those who don’t follow the Rams every week, it’s easy for you to quote injuries, record, or whatever. The fact is, it DOES go beyond those things. It’s a problem with philosophy, and head coaching skills.

    Every team in the league deals with injuries. Did I expect the Rams to win 12 games? No, but they are better than a 2-win team, or at least they should be. Spagnulo essentially broadcasts his game plan, which hasn’t changed in 3 years, and then never changes. Run on 1st, 2nd, right up the middle, and then throw a 2-yard check-down on 3rd whether the score is tied, or down by 20. I like Spags, he seems like a good guy, but he’s in way over his head.

    The only difference between Spagnuolo and Linehan is the spelling. Both good coordinators, who are terrible head coaches.

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