“character and fight...to build anything, the base has to have a rock-solid foundation and that’s there," he said. "We’ve got to wait eight months to play a game, but I’m glad that’s there.”
The question in St. Louis right now is who will be the head coach for that game in eight months?
That decision is expected to be announced on Monday, according to a report by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who cites league sources.
In three seasons under Steve Spagnuolo, the Rams went 10-38.
Hopes were high in St. Louis entering 2011.
Many picked the Rams to win the NFC West. Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network asserted that St. Louis would be the league's breakout team.
However, the Rams faltered during an 0-6 start before winning two of three, including the season's biggest win, an upset victory at the Edward Jones Dome over record-setting Drew Brees and the playoff-bound New Orleans Saints.
But then they lost their final seven contests, including the finale today at home versus NFC West champion San Francisco.
In Spagnuolo's defense, however, the Rams players never seemed to quit and the roster was ravaged by injuries throughout the year.
Some notable players lost for the season include Sam Bradford's top receiving target, Danny Amendola (as well as rookie Greg Salas), the teams' top three cornerbacks (Ron Bartell, Bradley Fletcher and Jerome Murphy) and both starting offensive tackles (Rodger Saffold, Jason Smith)—among others.
The team also lost three-time Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson for several games before suffering long-term injuries to quarterbacks Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley.
With that said, 2-14 is still 2-14. And 10-38 is still 10-38.
In the NFL, it's the bottom line that counts. And the bottom line doesn't look good for Spagnuolo's Rams. Expect him to be relieved of his head coaching duties as early as Monday.