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The Rams' next big move

The Rams' next big move

Credit: AP

St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo walks off the field following the Rams 34-27 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

by Doug Vaughn

KMOV.com

Posted on January 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 2 at 6:43 PM

(KMOV) -- Steve Spagnuolo will go down as the worst head coach in the history of St. Louis football. His record of 10 and 38 is unmatched. Having the lowest scoring team in the league in two of his three seasons separates him from other candidates like Scott Linehan and Bob Holloway. The Rams have been so pathetic offensively under Spagnuolo that it would be laughable, if it wasn't so sad. We're in an era where longstanding NFL offensive records are being broken. Both Drew Brees and Tom Brady broke Dan Marino's record this season for passing yards. Scoring has never been higher in the league, and yet the Rams are setting records for offensive futility.

Stan Kroenke had no choice but to fire Spagnuolo. If Vince Lombardi, Don Shula or Tom Landry had ever gone through a three year period with a record of 10 and 38 they would have all been fired. How anybody could argue that Spagnuolo deserved another year is hard to fathom. Three years, even with a remarkably high number of injuries, is plenty of time for a coach to get a team turned around. The Rams were going no where under Spagnuolo. They weren't competitive in many of their games. Only a botched short field goal attempt by the Cleveland Browns kept the Rams from going 1 and 15 and having the first overall draft pick. Spagnuolo's Rams beat exactly one team that finished with a winning record. In three years, they beat one winning team!

I would hope the Rams hire a proven coach with a track record of success. Somebody's who has been there and done that. Don't go for the hot coordinator. That works for some teams, but the Rams can't afford to try that experiment again after failing miserably with Spagnuolo and Linehan. Jeff Fisher, Jon Gruden and Brian Billick have all taken teams to Super Bowls. Any of the three would make a good next coach for the Rams. Bill Cowher would be a fantastic pick, but I don't believe Cowher would be interested in reclamation project. When he wants to get back into coaching he'll no doubt find a better opportunity than what the Rams offer.

This coaching hire is absolutely crucial for the future of the Rams in St. Louis. If the new coach can get the Rams turned around in a hurry and get the stadium filled up again, maybe Kroenke won't be so tempted to move the team to Los Angeles when the dome lease expires after the 2014 season. If the Rams continue to flounder under the next coach, and that horrible stadium continues to be a depressing place to be on Sunday afternoons, our days as an NFL city could be numbered.

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