Report: St. Louis Rams Hire Steve Spagnuolo As Head Coach

Shashwat BaxiCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2009

The St. Louis Rams are going to move in a new defensive-oriented direction with the hiring of New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, as their Head Coach. The Rams have reportedly signed him to a contract for four years worth 11.5 million dollars.

Spagnuolo will be replacing interim coach Jim Haslett, who will not stay on with the coaching staff for the Rams. Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett was another possible candidate for filling this position.

The Rams were one of the worst teams, on both sides of the ball, last season and the addition of Spagnuolo will bring a much needed focus on defense.

Spagnuolo was thought to be on the short-list for a number of teams including the rival New York Jets, but he has accepted the job with the Rams.

Spags was thought to be one of the hottest assistants in the pool of possible coaches, after the work that he did with the New York Giants and bringing them the Super Bowl championship last season!