Sports
2:24 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Rams fire Spagnuolo, Devaney

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 10:58 am

The St. Louis Rams have fired their head coach, Steve Spagnuolo, and general manager Billy Devaney, a day after the team finished the 2011 season 2-14.

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

Spagnuolo, who was hired as the Rams head coach just under three years ago, went 10-38 in three seasons, with seven of those wins coming last season.  Devaney has been general manager since Christmas Eve 2008.

The search for a new GM and head coach is already underway.

Here is the full text of Kronke's statement:

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

"No one individual is to blame for this disappointing season and we all must hold ourselves accountable. However, we believe it's in the best interest of the St. Louis Rams to make these changes as we continue our quest to build a team that consistently competes for playoffs and championships. We wish Steve, Billy and their families the very best in the future and thank them again for their commitment to our organization and the city of St. Louis."

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