One of the hottest defensive coordinator candidates on the market may decide not to be on the market at all.
In a recent interview with Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News), former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo mentioned the possibility of taking a year off. His wife, Maria, promptly disagreed. “I know Steve, and I told him no way,” she said while laughing. “There’s no way he will be able to sit around for a year doing nothing . . . He loves coaching way too much to sit around idly for a year.”
But here’s the thing. Unless someone is going to pay him more than what the Rams were scheduled to pay Spagnuolo in 2012, he’d be working for free. The Rams owe his full salary for 2012, and the amount owed by the Rams would be diminished, dollar for dollar, if he takes another job in coaching.
Depending on the precise language of his contract, Spagnuolo possibly could get a job in the media or in some other football-but-not-coaching capacity and collect both checks. Still, with the coaching dollars the same whether he coaches in 2012 or not, it makes plenty of sense to take a year off and plot more carefully his next move.
Spagnuolo, who ruled out taking a college football job, has been linked to several possible openings, but he told Burwell he has received no job offers yet.