Rams fire coach Spagnuolo

The Rams fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo one day after a dismal 2-14 campaign. (REUTERS/Sarah...

The Rams fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo one day after a dismal 2-14 campaign. (REUTERS/Sarah Conard)

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, Last Updated: 11:43 AM ET

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams have fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo after three disappointing seasons.

In addition to Spagnuolo, general manager Billy Devaney was also dismissed. The moves come one day after the Rams completed a dismal 2-14 campaign.

"I would like to personally thank Steve and Billy for their dedication to the St. Louis Rams organization over the past several seasons," said Rams owner Stan Kroenke in a statement. "This was a difficult decision for many reasons. We have tremendous respect for Steve and Billy as people and football professionals."

Spagnuolo finished his brief tenure with a mark of 10-38. The Rams were 1-15 in his first year, then took a big step forward at 7-9 in 2010 before regressing this season.

This year's team was expected to contend in the NFC West, but started with six straight losses and never recovered. The Rams' lone wins came against New Orleans and Cleveland in a three-week span, and they finished the year with a seven-game losing streak.

"No one individual is to blame for this disappointing season and we all must hold ourselves accountable," Kroenke's statement continued. "However, we believe it's in the best interest of the St. Louis Rams to make theses changes as we continue our quest to build a team that consistently competes for playoffs and championships."

Spagnuolo was named the Rams coach in January 2009 after spending two years as defensive coordinator for the Giants. He helped New York to a Super Bowl title after the 2007 season and could again draw interest from teams looking for a defensive coordinator.

Devaney had been the club's general manager since December 2008 when he was promoted from his position as vice president of player personnel.


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