Former St. Louis Rams Coach Steve Spagnuolo Shares First Statement Since Firing

Shane GraySenior Analyst IJanuary 4, 2012

Steve Spagnuolo
Steve SpagnuoloDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

As reported by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, former St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo released the following statement targeted towards his former players, coaching staff, Rams employees, owner Stan Kroenke, St. Louis Rams fans and the city of St. Louis.

In this statement, Spagnuolo shared the following words:

I want to first thank every player and coach for their work ethic, character, and loyalty throughout our three years together. I know each one of us firmly believes a solid foundation has been built and although not all of us will be here to experience it, this foundation will propel the team to great success in the near future.

I also want to thank Chip Rosenbloom, Lucia Rodriguez and Stan Kroenke for their decision to bring me here three years ago. I truly appreciate the opportunity they gave me. I want to pass along deep gratitude toward every Rams employee for their behind-the-scenes efforts and loyalty, and for embracing (wife) Maria and I throughout our time here.

I want to thank every Rams fan for their passionate support. I apologize for not bringing enough success for them to enjoy this past season. You deserve more! It has been a privilege and an honor to represent this franchise as its head coach and I wish nothing but success for the organization going forward. I will always pull for the Rams. Maria and I feel blessed to have been a part of this city and we'll continue to have caring hearts for the people of St. Louis. God bless.

One of several interesting tidbits within Spagnuolo's statement was him again sharing his conviction that a solid foundation is in place just as he did in his final postgame press conference following the season finale versus San Francisco, and what was ultimately the end of his reign with the Rams.


At 10-38, his firing was hardly a surprise, however, some have shown themselves to be happier about it than others.

 A few former St. Louis Rams employees, many of whom like former long-time equipment manager Todd Hewitt lost their jobs during Spagnuolo's three-year tenure in St. Louis,  gathered in St. Louis to discuss and/or celebrate Steve Spagnuolo's firing.

Several former players shared their thoughts regarding the firing.  Sentiments varied somewhat, however, all were respectful towards their former head coach.  Quintin Mikell, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, showed particular disappointment.

Going forward, the Rams are said to be meeting with Jeff Fisher, former Tennessee Titans head coach, for the same position in St. Louis.  

As for Spagnuolo, some feel he could end up working for Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles as defensive coordinator in the 2012 season.


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