Steve Spagnuolo, who coached the St. Louis Rams to a 10-38 record in three seasons, was fired this morning, Jay Glazer reports. (ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday night that Spagnuolo would be canned today.)
This is hardly a surprise. After going 7-9 last year and hiring Josh McDaniels to bolster the offense, the Rams were expected to contend in the AFC West this season. Instead, they were a dumpster fire, finishing 2-14. They were barely competitive this season, and certainly unwatchable.
QB Sam Bradford took a step back this year – he always seems injured in some capacity – and he needs help at receiver. I’d go with Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon with the 2nd pick in the draft, but over the last decade, WRs selected that high have been hit or miss. Will you get Calvin Johnson (superstar) or Charles Rogers (bust)?
I think that based on the success of two guys taken in the top 10 of the 2011 draft – AJ Green and Julio Jones – Blackmon will be taken with the 2nd pick.
As for where Spagnuolo will wind up, he’ll almost certainly get a defensive coordinator job somewhere. The rumors a few weeks ago were Philadelphia, but Indianapolis and Kansas City could make sense, too.