It appears that the Rams have a new head coach, and it’s probably not who you think it is. After Jason Garrett was in St.Louis to have another interview that many thought would land him the job, the job looks as if it’s going to Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
The St.Louis Post Dispatch got the scoop today, and Bernie Miklasz broke the story below
NY Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be the new head coach of the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams and Spagnuolo are currently negotiating the terms of his contract and indications are that we can expect the announcement of the hiring later today.
At this time no news conference is planned for Saturday at Rams Park.
UPDATE: The NFL Network is reporting that Spagnuolo and the Rams have agreed on a four-year contract worth $11.5 million. I was unable to independently verify this information and have no idea if it’s accurate.
Spagnuolo, 49, was the Giants defensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008 and came up with the game plan that resulted in five sacks of Tom Brady and a shocking upset of the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Before that, Spagnuolo learned his trade under acclaimed Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, working as an Eagles defensive assistant from 1999-2006. Spagnuolo came out of the Philadelphia experience with a variety of multiple defensive formations and blitz packages that he put to great use with the Giants.
Rams GM Billy and Spagnuolo have been friends for many years and that relationship obviously created a trust factor that helped Spagnuolo feel comfortable about taking the Rams job.
Spagnuolo served as a player personnel intern for the Washington Redskins in 1983, during Devaney’s time in D.C. as an aide to GM Bobby Beathard. And Spagnuolo was a scout in San Diego in 1993, working for Devaney, then the Chargers’ assistant GM.
So while the Lions have Jim Schwartz aboard, the Buccanners have reportedly hired Raheem Morris to take over for Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay, now it seems that the Rams have their man in place with Spags.