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Steve Spagnuolo fired by Rams


Black Monday is off and running.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Rams have fired coach Steve Spagnuolo. ESPN reported last night that Spags and G.M. Billy Devaney would be let go on Monday, and now it’s happened.

Glazer doesn’t mention whether Devaney will keep his job.

Spagnuolo seems like he could be a good coach in the right situation, but St. Louis was clearly not that situation. His defense was a major disappointment and the team wasn’t competitive most weeks.

SI’s Peter King pointed out he lost more regular season games in three years than Bill Belichick has in more than a decade in New England.

The hanging question: Will any other coaches be fired Monday?

It sounds like Chargers owner Dean Spanos wants to take some time to make his final decision. The Bucs ownership has not moved quickly on changes in the past. The Colts or a possible surprise team is out there.

For now, four head coaching jobs are vacant: Jacksonville, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Miami.  Of those four situations, the Rams have the most promising quarterback and the best draft pick.

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44 Responses to “Steve Spagnuolo fired by Rams”
  1. grpatriot says: Jan 2, 2012 10:30 AM

    Spag’s come back to Mass n run the Pats D!

  2. fnslidevick says: Jan 2, 2012 10:32 AM

    Time to come back home to Philly Spags

  3. rantfire says: Jan 2, 2012 10:32 AM

    Andy Reid has at least a week window before the Giants might be out of the playoffs. Odds seem pretty good that he accelerates any DC decision to make sure he could get Spags before the Giants would have a chance too. Ahhh, Black monday, now just waiting to hear Castillo is gone.

  4. johnnyb216 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:33 AM

    Poor spags.

  5. BuccaneerBloodline23 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:33 AM

    Please let Raheem Morris be next! Pleaaaseee God!

  6. algrls says: Jan 2, 2012 10:35 AM

    Just not the right time for Spags, at least he had class.

    Can we get the Ryans and their “big mouths” on this list, they are both a disgrace to the league, thier teams, and the fans.

  7. duanethomas says: Jan 2, 2012 10:36 AM

    Devaney should get his pink slip also, he hired the guy. Not only that he drafted players that can’t play. You draft in the top 5 you can not miss, it sets your franchise back 10 Years. Whoever comes in is going to have to clean house and get rid of the dead weight in the front office and on the field.

  8. jackbauerqb1 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:38 AM

    Has the firing been “confirmed” by ESPN?

  9. richm2256 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:39 AM

    Let’s see what 10-37 is worth on the open market.

  10. jmclarkent says: Jan 2, 2012 10:39 AM

    I think that Romeo might have earned himself a shot at that KC job.

  11. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: Jan 2, 2012 10:39 AM

    Can they take Pat Shurmur back?

  12. jasku880 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:40 AM

    Come back to the Giants!

  13. crashdog says: Jan 2, 2012 10:42 AM

    Missing on a top 5 pick does not set your franchise back 10 years. Thats just a stupid assessment. As for Spags, quit the love fest. The Rams are no better than the day he took over. He is a crappy head coach

  14. skito13 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:43 AM

    Spags is a great defensive coach, making him a head coach diluted his strengths. He will be scooped up quickly as a Defensive coach. Good luck Spags you are a class act, young quarterback,new offensive system and injuries hurt your cause. Kronke please hire a Head coach and get good coordinators like Spags is.

  15. chmba says: Jan 2, 2012 10:43 AM

    Great DC but not ready to be a head coach – best evidence is hiring McDaniels as OC when Shurmur left. Bradford backwards big-time and goofy offense.

  16. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 2, 2012 10:44 AM

    Tough break for Spags. Not easy to win when you have 15 players on injured reserve, including 8 cornerbacks. They were singing corners off the street late in the year just to man their roster. Your starting QB getting hurt doesn’t help either.

  17. piazzajordan2 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:46 AM

    Jeff Fisher time?

  18. krashie21 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:47 AM

    Mr. Spagnuolo……please come to Dallas!

  19. nesportsfan0428 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:47 AM

    Spags is going to get hired as an assistant coach somewhere and “wade phillips-ize” their defence.

  20. mvpolamalu says: Jan 2, 2012 10:48 AM

    Spags is like wade phillips. A great coordinator, but not a head coach

  21. rowhe says: Jan 2, 2012 10:49 AM

    The lions have blown multiple first round picks in the last ten years. Only after they got a legit gm that actually listens to his scouts did they get good players.

  22. dolphins4 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:49 AM

    Go back to Philadelphia and help Andy Reid win a Superbowl.

  23. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 2, 2012 10:50 AM

    Please let Caldwell be next!!!!

  24. jimr10 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:50 AM

    i do not know how the Chargers can fire Turner and not fire Smith… he is the one that hired Turner…

  25. duanethomas says: Jan 2, 2012 10:58 AM

    @crashdog. It sets you back 10 years as you were counting on that player to be a cornerstone for your franchise for at least 10 years. Are you related to say……..Jason Smith? Or are you Jason Smith?

  26. vikingdoode says: Jan 2, 2012 11:00 AM

    No no Vikings need a DC

  27. hellswitch says: Jan 2, 2012 11:05 AM

    “Just not the right time for Spags, at least he had class.

    Can we get the Ryans and their “big mouths” on this list, they are both a disgrace to the league, thier teams, and the fans.”

    I wish I could like that comment about 500 times. Click, click, click, click, click click………….

  28. lasher1650 says: Jan 2, 2012 11:06 AM

    And of course, the St. Louis Post Dispatch website has yet to report een a hint of Spags firing. Total crap media in this city.

  29. seatownballers says: Jan 2, 2012 11:14 AM

    Best news is spags can find another job this week. As for fisher coming in, I doubt he’ll want the position. I see him going to miami or san diego

  30. cjepp says: Jan 2, 2012 11:18 AM

    Get Spags to Buffalo. We need a real DC!

  31. promin1 says: Jan 2, 2012 11:19 AM

    Its so funny to hear Rams fans bash Spags. Your organization is one of the worst in football. Its a laughing stock from top to bottom, yet its Spags’ fault? Ok fools. Spags is a good coach and will prove that yet again when he goes to a team and organization that has a clue.

  32. zerored78 says: Jan 2, 2012 11:22 AM

    What a rash move. This was a young team that was ravaged by injuries. Now they have to deal with a completely new coaching staff and relearn everything again.

  33. deacroman says: Jan 2, 2012 11:28 AM

    OK now the Rams can sign Fisher,Ron wolf GM and keep McD as off co-ord. Then pack thier bags back to LosAngeles and restore a once proud and great franchise. Jack Youngblood RULES!!!!

  34. rantfire says: Jan 2, 2012 11:33 AM

    Spagnuolo would be a perfect hire for DC, you don’t have to worry about him getting stolen away from your team if he has success, because he just showed the world he is a garbage head coach. He could stay on a team for 5-10 years, plenty of time to produce a deadly mix on defense.

    Go get him Andy, no shame in admitting it was stupid to hire Juan, if you’re too proud I hope Lurie isn’t.

  35. ramofsteel says: Jan 2, 2012 11:33 AM

    Sad. Spags is the classiest guy and took a lot of crap from the STL media. 1 year just 1 win from the playoffs, next year fired. Hope Kroenke knows what he’s doing.

  36. gcsuk says: Jan 2, 2012 11:38 AM

    After the Giants made the playoffs, I think that cemented the “staying power” of Perrry Fewell as the DC. I would not be shocked at all if Spags went back to Philly.

    But, the Philly Defense had been playing MUCH better over the last 6 weeks. They were looking the way everyone thought they would at the beginning of the season. Reid MAY be stubborn and stick with Castillo (fingers crossed).

  37. diegoteal says: Jan 2, 2012 11:54 AM

    That’s great………goes and fires Todd Hewitt last spring now he’s gone……..can’t believe the organization let him do that…hewittbwas there for years….what a lame Aziz thing

  38. rammerray says: Jan 2, 2012 12:07 PM

    RAMS fan here. We all knew this was coming. Spags is a nice guy, he won’t be unemployed long, that’s for sure. Of course, it’s not all his fault. But that’s the way it goes…

  39. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 2, 2012 12:14 PM

    Most promising QB situation? Really…?

    Not saying Matt Cassel’s amazing, but Cassel > Bradford

  40. larrydavid815 says: Jan 2, 2012 12:25 PM

    The Titans should fire CJ1K, Chris Johnson

  41. nygdefenserules says: Jan 2, 2012 12:41 PM

    Hopefully Perry Fewell will get picked up as a HC (rumored interest in Jacksonville) and then Spags can come home to the Giants!!

    Maybe they can hire him now as a “Defensive Consultant” so no one else steals him.

  42. franknunley57 says: Jan 2, 2012 1:01 PM

    back to the giants

  43. schmitty2 says: Jan 2, 2012 1:03 PM

    berniemadoffsides says:
    Jan 2, 2012 12:14 PM
    Most promising QB situation? Really…?

    Not saying Matt Cassel’s amazing, but Cassel > Bradford

    Either you don’t watch football or must be Cassel’s brother to say something so foolish

  44. jessethegreat says: Jan 2, 2012 2:15 PM

    berniemadoffsides says:
    Jan 2, 2012 12:14 PM
    Most promising QB situation? Really…?

    Not saying Matt Cassel’s amazing, but Cassel > Bradford

    Most NFL observers would take Tarvaris Jackson over Matt Cassell. To say Cassell is better than Bradford is downright stupid. I’d take Bradford’s senior season (where his shoulder was torn up) over Cassell completely healthy any day. Bradford has a future in this league. Cassell has proven time and again at best he’s a clipboard carrier.

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