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NFL Hiring Notes

Dumont WalkerSenior Analyst IJanuary 19, 2009

Yes, the past weekend was conference championship weekend in the NFL, but while the Eagles, Cardinals, Steelers, and Ravens were doing battle on the field several other NFL teams were making moves off the field with hopes that their efforts will land them in next years conference championship games.

The Saint Louis Rams hired a new head coach on Saturday.  Then on Sunday night just hours after leaving the field the New York Jets made the move we all expected, and hired a coach to fill their vacancy as well.

The Rams turned to New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to take over as their next head coach.  Spagnuolo is responsible for coaching the defensive unit that mauled the New England Patriots in last years Superbowl.

Spagnuolo has been a hot commodity on the coaching block for the past few seasons, so it does not come as much of a surprise that he finally inked a deal to be the Rams head coach.

Sources say he has signed a four year contract that will be worth around $11 million.

Ryan was the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator yesterday. However, just an hour after the Ravens were knocked out of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Steelers the Jets made an official offer.

This hiring may have been one of the worst kept secrets in the league as everyone knew Ryan was tabbed for this job it was just a matter of when the Jets would make the offer.

Ryan is also due to make $11 million on his new four year contract.

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