Rams Clean House – Fire Coach And GM

The St. Louis Rams today fired coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney, a day after the team finished a massively disappointing 2-14 season.

Last season the Rams played for the NFC West title, and many experts predicted that they would win the division this year. Instead they were swamped by a difficult schedule, losing their first six in a row, and also by injuries at quarterback, the secondary and the offensive line.

The Ram’s offense was the NFL’s worst, with or without Bradford. The defense was the NFL’s worst against the run, threatening the franchise record for yards allowed. A pair of special teams failures were devastating, a blocked field goal on the potential game-winner and a 99-yard punt return, in an overtime loss at Arizona.

Overall the Spagnuolo and Devaney era has been a major disappointment, as the Rams were just 10-38 in three seasons under their leadership. Devaney joined the front office in 2008, but in his four years as GM, the Rams were 12-52.

Whoever takes over in St. Louis does have some good places to work with. The Rams will have the second pick of the draft, a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, and defensive end Chris Long, among the league leaders with 13 sacks.

Names of potential replacements for Spagnuolo began to surface weeks ago as the season unraveled, with Jon Gruden and Jeff Fisher linked as naturals given their relationships with chief operating officer Kevin Demoff and agent Marvin Demoff. Other coaches already fired this season included: Todd Haley in Kansas City, Tony Sparano in Miami and Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville.

If you are a Rams fan, who do you want to see take over as the Rams head coach?

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