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  • Spagnuolo gets an escape clause

    Posted by Mike Florio on January 18, 2009, 2:34 p.m.

    Like Bill Parcells in Miami, who can walk away with pay once Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga transfers control of the franchise to Stephen Ross, new Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has finagled protection against a sale of the franchise for which he now works.

    According to Jay Glazer of FOX, Spagnuolo’s contract includes an escape clause, which allows him to walk away if/when the team is sold.

    It’s unknown whether Spagnuolo also gets the rest of his pay.

    Earlier in the day, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Spagnuolo was attractive to the Rams because their past two head-coaching hires had an offensive background — and both were fired.

    Mortensen also reported that the Rams moved when they did on Spagnuolo due to concerns that he’d emerge as a candidate to coach the Chiefs.

    As we understand it, G.M. Billy Devaney wanted Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. But, as we suggested last night, Garrett’s salary expectations allowed John Shaw to tilt the process toward Spagnuolo, who was Shaw’s first choice.

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    I figured that Garrett priced himself out of contention. He's making more as the OC than Spags will as the HC. Plus, I bet he will be the next Cowboys HC anyway.

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    • #3
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      I wonder if thats why Spag took the job in the first place...

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        As we understand it, G.M. Billy Devaney wanted Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. But, as we suggested last night, Garrett’s salary expectations allowed John Shaw to tilt the process toward Spagnuolo, who was Shaw’s first choice.
        This seems to contradict a Nick Wagoner article on the hiring which says Devaney's recommendation to ownership was, in fact, Spagnuolo. It seems like someone - whether it's Wagoner or Florio - doesn't have the right facts, but one way or another we have a coach.

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          The worst part of the article is it ends with a Shaw, Shaw, Shaw !!!

          OK, Chip ...... you own the team and yes Shaw was a very close friend with yout mother, BUT your moving in a new direction and your not cutting the last string of the past.

          Get the scissors out CHIP !

          Maineram - :helmet:

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            Originally posted by maineram View Post
            The worst part of the article is it ends with a Shaw, Shaw, Shaw !!!

            OK, Chip ...... you own the team and yes Shaw was a very close friend with yout mother, BUT your moving in a new direction and your not cutting the last string of the past.

            Get the scissors out CHIP !

            Maineram - :helmet:
            I don't like playing the "I told you so" game, but....


            Once a mama's boy...always a mama's boy.
            (Georgia on her death bed; "Now you listen to what Papa Shaw tells you." Chip; "Yes mama.")

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            • #7
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              As much as I hate Shaw...I cant disagree with him in this matter if he really did favor my #1 choice
              SPAGS

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                Originally posted by Nick View Post
                This seems to contradict a Nick Wagoner article on the hiring which says Devaney's recommendation to ownership was, in fact, Spagnuolo. It seems like someone - whether it's Wagoner or Florio - doesn't have the right facts, but one way or another we have a coach.
                I don't know Nick Wagoner from Adam, but if one of them has their facts wrong my money is on Florio.

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                  I dont know why the hell you would want to sell the team in the first place, guess this really isnt chips thing..well, obviously..

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                    Originally posted by THOLTFAN81 View Post
                    As much as I hate Shaw...I cant disagree with him in this matter if he really did favor my #1 choice
                    SPAGS
                    I know...I'm so conflicted. I like who was selected (I had other favorites, but I can live with this one), but I hate the way the selection was made. Besides...what does this say about Devaney? If this guy was supposed to be the answer to our past personnel selection woes, what expectations can Ram fans have that he won't be overruled in other critical moves, or even worse, allowed to execute a move that wouldn't be the best one (such as hiring Garrett). If he's shown such poor judgment in selecting our next head coach, I don't know if I want this guy spearheading our draft day war room.


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                    • #11
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                      I want to believe Devaney's pick was Spagnuolo...
                      Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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                        Originally posted by Varg6 View Post
                        I want to believe Devaney's pick was Spagnuolo...
                        I'm with you, man. I just hope it was all Billy on this one. The last thing we need is more uncertainty in the FO even if we did end up with the man we all wanted. Could it have been to appease the angry fans from Friday? We'll never know.

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                          Originally posted by bigredman View Post
                          I know...I'm so conflicted. I like who was selected (I had other favorites, but I can live with this one), but I hate the way the selection was made. Besides...what does this say about Devaney? If this guy was supposed to be the answer to our past personnel selection woes, what expectations can Ram fans have that he won't be overruled in other critical moves, or even worse, allowed to execute a move that wouldn't be the best one (such as hiring Garrett). If he's shown such poor judgment in selecting our next head coach, I don't know if I want this guy spearheading our draft day war room.

                          Most of what I read said that Spags demanded total control over the 53. He may well be the guy spearheading your draft day war room.

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                            Who knows if any of this garbage is even true? According to all these reporters, Jason Garrett was supposed to be our coach. Last I checked, he wasn't. Why do people have to focus on all the negative crap? Who is this Mike Florio guy anyway and what makes him such and insider?

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                              Re: Spagnuolo gets an escape clause

                              Originally posted by Ventesette View Post
                              Most of what I read said that Spags demanded total control over the 53. He may well be the guy spearheading your draft day war room.
                              This has actually been clarified in the media. There is a difference between control over the 53 man roster and the 80 man roster.

                              Devaney stated before that he was old school about this and believed the HC should have control over the 53 man roster and should be able to hire his own coaching staff. Control over the 53 man roster only means that the players already on the team answer to him and he controls who plays and who sits.

                              Devaney will control the draft and free agency with Spags input. Together they will assemble the 80 man roster they go to camp with. Then they are Spags'.

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                              • Nick
                                Interesting tidbit about Spagnuolo
                                by Nick
                                From a NY Daily News article about the Jets' coaching search and why Ryan may have passed Spagnuolo on their list. As a first time head coach who has really only been in this league for ten years, asking for full control over the roster may be a bit much for some organizations....
                                -01-15-2009, 09:16 AM
                              • RamWraith
                                Spagnuolo Sets the Course
                                by RamWraith
                                Monday, January 19, 2009

                                By Nick Wagoner
                                Senior Writer

                                Steve and Maria Spagnuolo call it divine intervention, some might say it was a simple twist of fate but through no intent of their own, the Spagnuolos were married at the world’s most famous Catholic destination four years ago.

                                The trip to Italy for a wedding had come as planned. When the pair had decided to get married, they had decided they didn’t want a big, fancy wedding. In fact, they wanted to get away to the country of their respective heritages.

                                So with much careful thought and planning, the couple opted to have the wedding in Italy. They wanted a simple ceremony in a Catholic church in Rome.

                                For their marriage to be acknowledged in the United States, there were plenty of obstacles including enough paperwork to put Mead out of business.

                                “Believe it or not, if you try to get married in another country, you talk about paperwork,” Spagnuolo said. “This paperwork around here is nothing.”

                                Indeed, the task of getting married in Rome proved too difficult and the Spagnuolos had to call an off the field audible.

                                As it turned out, that audible was as successful as any defensive call the Rams’ new head coach made in his two years as the wildly successful defensive coordinator of the New York Giants.

                                In his research of the various wedding opportunities in Italy, Spagnuolo recalled a rule that allowed for people to skip some of the inane paperwork and be married. Of course, to do this, the couple had to go through the easy task of getting married at the Vatican.

                                Sure, Vatican City is a country unto itself and was governed by its own rules but for most couples hoping to wed there, the nuptials were planned at least two years in advance.

                                “We are talking about the Vatican but this is my simple mind,” Spagnuolo said. “If you walk in the main basilica is right there but there are eight chapels, four on one side and four on the other. I’m saying to myself well how hard can it be? Just throw us in one of those chapels.”

                                Easier said than done. The Vatican only allows for two marriages a day, one at 10:30 a.m. and the other at 4 p.m. every day except Sunday.

                                Fortunately for the Spagnuolos, a priest who had worked with Steve with the Eagles in Philadelphia had relocated and had connections at the Vatican.

                                After forking over $200 for a best man and maid of honor to serve as witnesses, the Spagnuolos tied the knot.

                                “That was an act of God, divine intervention,” Spagnuolo said.

                                HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

                                Growing up in Whitinsville, Mass., just outside of Boston, Spagnuolo was one of five children to mother Carol.

                                From an early age, Spagnuolo was pretty much the All American kid. He loved sports, playing quarterback on the football team, second base...
                                -01-20-2009, 04:30 AM
                              • THOLTFAN81
                                BREAKING NEWS: Rams hire Giants DC Steve Spagnuolo to be next HC
                                by THOLTFAN81
                                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.

                                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.

                                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 wowed the Rams' brass with a presentation in Los Angeles on Thursday.

                                Congrats to Devaney and Rosenbloom.

                                -B
                                -01-17-2009, 11:04 AM
                              • BM_Face
                                Spagnuolo told wife: We're not talking to Harbaughs again
                                by BM_Face
                                · Marc Sessler NFL.com
                                · Published: Sept. 27, 2011 at 09:46 a.m


                                Three straight defeats for the Rams have been made worse for coach Steve Spagnuolo in that each drubbing was dished out by an old friend.

                                Coaches Andy Reid, Tom Coughlin and John Harbaugh -- all close associates of Spagnuolo -- have outscored St. Louis by a combined 60 points in the first three weeks of the season.
                                After the Ravens didn't shy away from running up the score in Sunday's 37-7 drubbing, Spagnuolo put any future get-togethers with the Harbaughs on ice.

                                According to The Associated Press, when Spagnuolo got home Sunday night, he instructed his wife Maria, "We're not ever talking to them again."

                                Spagnuolo backed off that stance Monday, acknowledging that losing to friends is part of the business.

                                "Let me tell you something: John Harbaugh's a competitor now. So I know that in him," Spagnuolo said. "I've got no problem with it. I did feel one way yesterday, but I calmed down and looked at it."

                                Even if it was Mrs. Spagnuolo who calmed her husband down, we hope the Rams coach understands the primary reason for Sunday's lopsided loss: the Ravens are, well, more talented and scored easily on a defense that ranks 31st in the league. Heading into this season, St. Louis was viewed as one of the league's hot, young teams -- but less than a month in, it's only Spagnuolo's seat that's heating up.
                                -09-27-2011, 10:47 AM
                              • RamWraith
                                Rams get coach who stands for something
                                by RamWraith
                                By Bernie Miklasz
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                Tuesday, Jan. 20 2009
                                The hiring of Steve Spagnuolo seems to be playing well with the public. The
                                phones lines at Rams Park were busier than usual Monday, and Rams Vice
                                President Bob Wallace says that 95 percent of the calls were positive. Fans
                                even inquired about purchasing tickets.

                                So in that regard, the decision to go with Spagnuolo already is paying off. His
                                arrival generated some positive buzz for a slumping organization that angered
                                the fan base with a 5-27 record over the last two seasons.

                                Spagnuolo looked like a head coach when introduced Monday. He was confident. He
                                had presence. The room wasn't too big for him. He projects a sincere strength
                                but pulls it off without being arrogant.

                                Spagnuolo didn't have that perplexed, nervous, whoa-boy look that reminds me of
                                a lyric from the song "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads: "And you may ask
                                yourself — well ... how did I get here?"

                                Spagnuolo knows he belongs. And that's a nice sign.

                                Then again, I thought Scott Linehan did fine when he was introduced as the Rams
                                head coach in 2006. So what makes Spagnuolo different from the hopelessly
                                ineffective Linehan? They were both career assistants, right?

                                True. And there are no guarantees about any coaches who make the jump. Some
                                become John Harbaugh (Baltimore), Tony Sparano (Miami) or Mike Smith (Atlanta)
                                and have immediate success as head coaches. Others become Linehan or Rod
                                Marinelli.

                                So again: Which way will Spagnuolo go?

                                Is Spagnuolo destined to be the next Harbaugh, one of his best friends in life?
                                Or is he Linehan II?

                                Since I am optimistic about Spagnuolo's chances, I'll give it a shot:

                                — Spagnuolo has a philosophy. He wants to play the game a certain way. That's
                                crucial. GM Billy Devaney and Spagnuolo are aligned and will work to give this
                                team an identity. I never got that from Linehan. He was here for two-plus
                                seasons, and I never figured out what he stood for, or what he wanted the Rams
                                to be. Those Rams never had a collective team personality. Spagnuolo is the
                                exact opposite. He definitely knows what he wants. He knows what he wants his
                                team to be.

                                "OK, this is 'Spags' football identity," Devaney said. "It's simple but
                                effective. Knock people down. Hit them in the mouth. Give the ball to a big
                                back and run the football. Protect your own quarterback. Put extreme pressure
                                on the enemy quarterback. That's his team. A blue-collar, beat-you-up kind of
                                team."

                                — As the respected defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, Spagnuolo
                                stood at the edge of one of the fiercest battlefields in...
                                -01-20-2009, 04:29 AM
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