Report: Rams expect to fire Spagnuolo

Report: Rams expect to fire Spagnuolo

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St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo roams the sidelines during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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by Scott Bierman, FootballStL

FootballStL

Posted on December 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 28 at 2:39 PM

(FootballStL) -- It is starting to feel like the quiet before a storm at Rams Park as the team prepares for its final game of the season on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Over the past few days, rumors have been swirling about Steve Spagnuolo’s future as the Rams head coach, but now a report from NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora cites “sources close to the coach” are saying that Spagnuolo is “bracing” to be fired.

No one can blame the Rams for letting Spagnuolo go after having only ten wins in 47 games as head coach and, according to Albert Breer, if Spagnuolo goes...General Manager Billy Devaney will likely go as well.

The Rams had high expectations this season after narrowly missing the playoffs in the final game last year in a winner-take-all matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.  It has been a far cry this season starting with a 31-13 spanking from the Philadelphia Eagles and ending against the playoff-bound 49ers on Sunday.

Spagnuolo has kept quiet throughout the entire season in regards his job security and has never made excuses for why the Rams are 2-13 despite having 16 players (including six cornerbacks) on the Injured Reserve. 

The injuries might be the only way Spagnuolo might be able to retain his job, but the nine double-digit losses will definitely not help his case if he hopes to stay on for at least one more year.

Sources believe that if Spagnuolo does get fired that the team will look to hire Jeff Fisher.  Fisher is represented by Marv Demoff and his son, Kevin, is the Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Chief Operating Officer.

by Scott Bierman, FootballStL
 

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