St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo points onto the field as his team plays against the Pittsburgh Steeler in an NFL football game on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 27-0. (AP Photo/Don Wright) By Don Wright
St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo stands on the sidelines during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
(KMOV) -- Ten wins and 38 losses gets you fired. It gets you fired in high school football. It gets you fired in the NFL. I can give you many factors that led to the Rams 2-14 misery in 2011 but the NFL is a bottom line business. When the fans become angry or worse-apathetic-it cost the owner money. And despite my affinity and respect for Steve Spagnuolo, the Rams are both bad and boring.
So, who's next? Well, Cornerback Ron Bartell was surely speaking for many of his teammates this morning on 101 ESPN when he said he hopes Stan Kroenke hires an experienced head coach instead of another first time head coach who happens to be an accomplished coordinator. Been there and done that twice in Ron's career. He wants some long term stability. I like his thinking and I like Jeff Fisher. He'd be a hit with the players and fans and his teams in Tennessee played with a hard edge. He'll interview later this week. And let me concoct a dream scenario for you.
If Norv Turner gets fired as head coach of the Chargers, I'd love to see him here as offensive coordinator. His work with a young Troy Aikman in Dallas was impressive. But then the Rams would have to finally get Sam Bradford some big, fast, explosive receivers. That's the only way it would work. Turner had Michael Irvin and Alvin Harper in Dallas and Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd in San Diego.
As for Spagnuolo, he never changed and I respect that. When I met with him every Friday in his offcie, I couldn't tell if he was 2-12 or 12-2. I see leadership in him and I know he knows defense. I believe he will get another shot to be a head coach down the road and I think he'll make the appropriate changes to be more successful. In the meantime, I expect him to be hired back in Philadelphia as defensive coordinator. I bet that deal is done by week's end.
He enjoyed working for Andy Reid and Reid sorely needs him. Watch out for the Eagles next season. If Spags is helming the defense, they're my pick to win the NFC East.