Steve Spagnuolo

Stephen Christopher Spagnuolo (/spæɡˈnoʊloʊ/; born December 21, 1959) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He rejoined Andy Reid's staff after being a defensive assistant with him from 1999-2006. Spagnuolo went on to win a Super Bowl with the New York Giants as defensive coordinator. Following two seasons in New York, He was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams for 3 seasons, was an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens, had a one season stint with the New Orleans Saints, and then back with the Giants as defensive coordinator in 2015. He was named interim head coach after the firing of former head coach Ben McAdoo on December 4, 2017.

Spagnuolo has also worked as a college football assistant coach for the University of Connecticut, the University of Maine, Lafayette College, Rutgers University, Bowling Green University, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He also spent time in the original World League of American Football and its successor, NFL Europe.

Steve Spagnuolo
Candid waist-up photography of Spagnuolo on the field in the St. Louis Rams indoor practice facility wearing a grey Rams t-shirt and khaki pants with a whistle hanging from a string around his neck
Spagnuolo in August 2011 as the Head Coach of the St. Louis Rams
Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born:December 21, 1959 (age 59)
Whitinsville, Massachusetts
Career information
High school:Grafton (MA)
College:Springfield
Career history
As coach:
  • Massachusetts (1981–1982)
    Graduate assistant
  • Washington Redskins (1983)
    Player personnel intern
  • Lafayette (1984–1986)
    Defensive line coach & special teams coach
  • Connecticut (1987–1989)
    Defensive backs coach
  • Connecticut (1990–1991)
    Defensive coordinator & defensive backs coach
  • Barcelona Dragons (1992)
    Defensive line coach & special teams coach
  • Maine (1993)
    Defensive backs coach
  • Maine (1994)
    Defensive coordinator & linebackers coach
  • Rutgers (1994–1995)
    Defensive backs coach
  • Bowling Green (1996–1997)
    Defensive backs coach
  • Frankfurt Galaxy (1998)
    Defensive coordinator & linebackers coach
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1999–2000)
    Defensive assistant
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2001–2003)
    Defensive backs coach
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2004–2006)
    Linebackers coach
  • New York Giants (2007–2008)
    Defensive coordinator
  • St. Louis Rams (2009–2011)
    Head coach
  • New Orleans Saints (2012)
    Defensive coordinator
  • Baltimore Ravens (2013)
    Senior defensive assistant
  • Baltimore Ravens (2014)
    Secondary coach
  • New York Giants (2015–2017)
    Defensive coordinator
  • New York Giants (2017)
    Interim head coach
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2019–present)
    Defensive coordinator
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:11–41 (.212)
Coaching stats at PFR

Early years

Born in the Whitinsville section of Northbridge, Massachusetts, Spagnuolo moved to Grafton as a youth. After graduating from Grafton (MA) High School, Spagnuolo played wide receiver at Springfield College. He assisted the University of Massachusetts football team while pursuing his graduate degree.[1]

Coaching career

Spagnuolo began his NFL coaching career in the Philadelphia Eagles organization in 1999, serving as linebackers and defensive backs coach. He remained there for eight years.

In January 2007 he was hired as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants under head coach Tom Coughlin.

He spent two years in New York, and was the architect of the aggressive defensive strategy against the New England Patriots (the highest scoring offensive team in NFL history at the time) in Super Bowl XLII, which was instrumental in the close victory by the Giants. Following the Super Bowl win and a great deal of praise, Spagnuolo's name was widely circulated for open head coach positions around the NFL.

On February 7, 2008, he took his name out of consideration for the head coaching position of the Washington Redskins. The same day, the New York Giants made Spagnuolo one of the highest-paid defensive coordinators in the NFL with a new three-year contract, worth roughly $2 million a year.[2]

St. Louis Rams

Following another successful season in 2008, in which the Giants finished the season 12–4, but lost in the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs. Spagnuolo's name came up as a replacement for numerous head-coaching vacancies once again, including those for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and Detroit Lions,, but Spagnuolo decided to join with the St. Louis Rams, taking over their head-coaching vacancy with a 4-year, $11.5 million contract.[3][4] Spagnuolo hired Pat Shurmur and Ken Flajole to be the Rams' offensive and defensive coordinators respectively. Spagnuolo then hired Josh McDaniels to be the team's offensive coordinator to replace Shurmur, who left for the Browns' head-coaching job.

Spagnuolo's first season saw the Rams go 1–15, the worst record in the league and the worst season in franchise history. After rebounding to 7–9 in 2010, they regressed to 2–14 in 2011, tied with the Indianapolis Colts with the worst record in the league. Spagnuolo was fired on January 2, 2012, after compiling a 10–38 overall record in his three seasons in St. Louis, the second-lowest winning percentage for a non-interim coach in franchise history.[5]

New Orleans Saints

On January 19, 2012, Spagnuolo agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints to become the new defensive coordinator under head coach Sean Payton, choosing this position rather than an offer from the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Payton was subsequently suspended for the season for his alleged role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, leaving Spagnuolo to coach the defense without Payton's input.[6][7] In 2012, the Saints allowed the most yards for a season of any defense in NFL history en route to finishing 7–9 and missing the playoffs for the first time in four years. Soon after Payton's suspension ended, Spagnuolo was fired on January 24, 2013.[8]

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore hired Spagnuolo as a senior defensive assistant before the 2013 season, then promoted him to assistant head coach/secondary coach in 2014.[9]

New York Giants

On January 15, 2015, Spagnuolo rejoined the New York Giants as defensive coordinator.[10] The Giants finished last in the NFL for defense his first year back.[11] Also, after interviewing to become the head coach of the New York Giants (the job was given to Ben McAdoo), it was reported by Ian Rapaport on January 13 that Spagnuolo would remain the team's defensive coordinator for the upcoming 2016 NFL season. He became interim head coach after a house cleaning by the organization after the firings of McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese on December 4, 2017. He led them to a last-game win against the Washington Redskins and the Giants finished with a 3-13 record.

At the end of the season, Spagnuolo was fired along with the rest of McAdoo's coaching staff.

Kansas City Chiefs

On January 24, 2019, Spagnuolo was named defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. Spagnuolo previously coached defensive backs and linebackers under Chiefs coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia from 1999 to 2006. [12]

Coaching philosophy

Spagnuolo learned under Philadelphia coach Jim Johnson, and shares the same aggressive, blitz-heavy approach as his mentor. (He did not incorporate this philosophy during his time in New Orleans however). Spagnuolo uses a 4–3 base defense with a heavy emphasis on multiple blitz packages, including corner and safety blitzes. While defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, he often used a smaller defensive line, with three or even four defensive ends to further pressure the quarterback.

This philosophy proved successful, with the Giants leading the NFL in sacks in 2007. In Super Bowl XLII, Spagnuolo's defense sacked Tom Brady five times, which was the most he had been sacked in any game that season.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
STL 2009 1 15 0 .063 4th in NFC West
STL 2010 7 9 0 .438 2nd in NFC West
STL 2011 2 14 0 .125 4th in NFC West
STL total 10 38 0 .208
NYG 2017* 1 3 0 .250 4th in NFC East
Total[13] 11 41 0 .212

*Interim head coach

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Spagnuolo has served:

Assistant coaches under Spagnuolo who became NFL head coaches:

References

  1. ^ Powers, John (February 3, 2008). "Spagnuolo has brought Giants' defense a long way". Boston Globe.
  2. ^ Branch, John (February 8, 2008). "Spagnuolo's Decision to Stay With Giants Is Rewarded". New York Times.
  3. ^ "St. Louis Rams pick Steve Spagnuolo as coach". ESPN. January 17, 2009.
  4. ^ Thomas, Jim (January 2, 2012). "Rams fire Spagnuolo, Devaney". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Rams, Bucs ax coaches; Colts ax VP, GM". Fox Sports. January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  6. ^ Peter King, "Spotlight", Sports Illustrated, September 3, 2012.
  7. ^ Yasinskas, Pat (January 19, 2012). "Sources: Steve Spagnuolo to join Saints". ESPN. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  8. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (January 24, 2013). "Steve Spagnuolo, Ken Flajole released by New Orleans Saints". National Football League. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  9. ^ Steve Spagnuolo Archived December 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine at Baltimore Ravens official website (accessed January 15, 2014).
  10. ^ "Giants hire Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  11. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/NYG/new-york-giants
  12. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (January 24, 2019). "Chiefs hire Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator". National Football League. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "Steve Spagnuolo". Pro Football Reference.com. 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2010.

External links

2009 St. Louis Rams season

The 2009 St. Louis Rams season was the team's 72nd season in the National Football League, and its 15th in St. Louis. Due to the Rams winning only against the Detroit Lions, they finished with the NFL's worst record at 1–15, earning the first overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft in Steve Spagnuolo's first season as a head coach.

The 2009 Rams scored 175 points (10.9 per game), the sixth-fewest for a 16-game NFL season. The Rams threw only twelve combined touchdown passes all season – including one by kicker Josh Brown. Quarterback Marc Bulger led the team with five touchdown passes. Pro Football Reference argues that the 2009 Rams were the worst team fielded in the NFL since the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers of 1976 and 1977, having a much weaker schedule than the winless 2008 Lions.In the three seasons from 2007 to 2009, the Rams won a total of six games, this being the worst record over such a period since the Chicago Cardinals during World War II until the 2015 to 2017 Cleveland Browns won only four games. Ironically, the Cardinals never won fewer than four games in any season during their tenure in St. Louis from 1960 through 1987.

2010 St. Louis Rams season

The 2010 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise's 73rd season in the National Football League, and their 16th overall in St. Louis. St. Louis greatly improved on their near winless record of 1–15 from the 2009 season by achieving more total victories, with a record of 7–9, than in their previous 3 years, and almost won a weak NFC West, but lost to the Seahawks in their final game of the season. Since the start of the 2007 NFL season, the Rams had won just 6 combined games, and have not qualified for the playoffs since 2004. In the 2010 NFL Draft, the Rams had the number 1 overall pick, which they picked Sam Bradford from Oklahoma. This year marked their second season under head coach Steve Spagnuolo. The Rams played all of their home games at the Edward Jones Dome, in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Rams fired two trainers (Jim Anderson and Dake Walden), and assistant line coach Art Valero left for the Seattle Seahawks.Stan Kroenke was approved by the NFL on August 25, 2010 to purchase 100% of the Rams from the current owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez. Kroenke took control of the team before the start of the 2010 season. He also owns the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, as well as the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL.

2011 St. Louis Rams season

The 2011 St. Louis Rams season was the team's 74th season in the National Football League, the 17th overall in St. Louis and the third under head coach Steve Spagnuolo. The Rams failed to improve on their 7–9 record from 2010, and one day after the season finale, head coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney were fired from the team. The team secured the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Rams' offense was among the worst in the league in 2011. They scored only 193 points (12.1 points per game), last in the league, and 11th-fewest all-time for a 16-game season. Their −214 point differential was last in the league.Football Outsiders ranked St. Louis the worst team in the league, per play, in 2011. The 2012 Football Outsiders Almanac, however, noted that the Rams went from the league's easiest schedule in 2010 to the league's hardest schedule in 2011.With their 2-14 record, the Rams capped a stretch from 2007 to 2011 in which they went 15-65, which was at the time the worst 5-year span in NFL history. This mark has since been matched by the Cleveland Browns of 2013 to 2017.

2017 New York Giants season

The 2017 New York Giants season was the franchise's 93rd season in the National Football League, the eighth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and the second and final under head coach Ben McAdoo. Coming fresh off an 11–5 season from one year ago, the Giants had high hopes of a Super Bowl Championship and were an expected playoff contender by many critics. However, things quickly fell apart after key injuries and controversial decisions towards the team. A disastrous and unexpected 0–5 start to their season (their second in 5 years), coupled with major injuries to the team, including star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., had the Giants suffer to a franchise worst 3–13 record. By Week 10, after losing to the previously winless 49ers, the Giants were standing at 1–8, their worst record since 1980. The Giants were officially eliminated from playoff contention on November 26, 2017 when the Falcons defeated the Buccaneers 34–20, the Panthers defeated the Jets 35–27 and the Eagles defeated the Bears 31–3.

On November 28, it was announced that Geno Smith was to start against the Raiders, which snapped Eli Manning's 210 consecutive games started streak, the longest in the NFL at the time. It started controversy, with present and former teammates, opponents, fans, executives, and TV and radio show hosts coming into Manning's defense. The benching of Eli also led to speculation he would possibly join the Jacksonville Jaguars, which would reunite him with former Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whom works for the team as their executive vice president of football operations. With that move, the Giants became the last team in the NFL to have started an African-American quarterback in at least one game. After a 24–17 loss to the Raiders in Week 13, with the Giants standing at 2–10, both Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese were fired, leaving Steve Spagnuolo as the interim Head Coach and Kevin Abrams as the interim General Manager. These were the first mid-season staff firings since the 1976 season. Manning was then renamed the starter for the Week 14 game against the Cowboys.

A 30–10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14 dropped the Giants to 2–11 surpassing the most losses in the Eli Manning era with 10 losses (2004, 2014, and 2015). With a 34-29 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15, the Giants tied the record of losses they set before (12) falling to 2–12, but after a 23–0 loss to the Cardinals in Week 16, the Giants fell to 2–13, setting a new record for most losses in a single season in franchise history, eclipsing the previous record of 12, done five times in franchise history: 1966, 1974, 1980, 1983 and 2003 and the worst under a 16-game schedule format. The Giants at the end defeated the Washington Redskins ultimately finish the season at 3–13.

The Giants 3–13 record was their worst record in a 16-game season in franchise history, their worst winning percentage since 1974, the worst record in the Eli Manning era, their worst record since 2003, finished dead last in the NFC East for the first time since 2003, and second-worst in the league behind the winless Browns. The Giants also went 1–11 against the NFC in 2017 and 1–5 against the NFC East. In the process, the Giants acquired the 2nd pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

On December 29, 2017, Dave Gettleman was hired as the new general manager for the team. Gettleman quickly address the offensive line issues which led to the release of offensive tackle Bobby Hart and the benching of 2015 1st rounder Ereck Flowers. Flowers started all games to this point being the only consistent starter on the offensive line.

2019 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2019 Kansas City Chiefs season will be the franchise's 50th season in the National Football League, their 60th overall, their seventh under head coach Andy Reid, and third under general manager Brett Veach. In the offseason, the Chiefs released their 2nd and 3rd longest tenured players, Justin Houston and Eric Berry.

B. J. Goodson

B. J. Goodson (born May 29, 1993) is an American football linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson University and was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Billy Devaney

William Joseph Peter Francis "Billy" Devaney (born March 7, 1955) is a professional American football analyst on ESPN. Prior to that Devaney was a football executive. He was the general manager for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League from 2008 to 2011. He used to be an assistant to the general manager with the Atlanta Falcons. He replaced the longtime Rams president of football operations, Jay Zygmunt, at the end of the 2008 season.Devaney began his career serving as the director of pro personnel under Bobby Beathard during his time with the San Diego Chargers from 1990 to 2000. He also worked a brief stint with the San Francisco 49ers for three seasons. Devaney then worked with the CBS pregame show for two years. In 2006 Devaney began working as an assistant to Rich McKay, president and former general manager of the Atlanta Falcons from 2006 to early 2008. In February 2008 the St. Louis Rams hired him as vice president of pro personnel to help conduct their 2008 draft. He was promoted to general manager of the Rams on December 24, 2008. He made his first major hire as the Rams' general manager on January 17, 2009, when the Rams announced that Steve Spagnuolo would be its new head coach. Since the hiring he had revamped the entire front office of the Rams. He was fired at the end of the 2011 season after a 10-38 record as GM.Devaney was raised in the Leonardo section of Middletown Township, New Jersey, and attended Mater Dei High School. He went on to attend Elon University.

On February 24, 2016, Devaney was hired by the University of Nebraska as executive director of player personnel and special assistant to the head coach for the football team. Proceeding the firing of Mike Riley, Devaney was fired on December 15, 2017. In 2018, the Alliance of American Football named him the general manager of the Atlanta Legends.

Cameron Jordan

Cameron Tyler Jordan (born July 10, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at California, and was drafted by the Saints in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Chuck Faucette

Charles Faucette, Jr. (born October 7, 1963) is a former American football linebacker and former St. Louis Rams strength and conditioning coach. He played two seasons for the San Diego Chargers, appearing in ten games. Faucette attended the University of Maryland, College Park from 1983–86 and left as the Terrapins second-leading all-time tackler with 466, behind only Eric Wilson (481). As of June 2009, Faucette still ranks third on Maryland's all-time list, only behind Wilson and D'Qwell Jackson (473). He is currently the Head Football Coach at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Texas.

Raised in Willingboro Township, New Jersey, Faucette played both baseball and football at Willingboro High School.Faucette helped the Terrapins to three-straight Atlantic Coast Conference championships (1983–85), serving as team captain in his senior year. He was a two-time All-ACC selection and a three-time honorable mention All-American. At 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and 240 lb (110 kg), Faucette had a prototypical physique. However, due to the unusual college defense in which he played, a wide-tackle-six, pro teams were not sure how he would fit into their more standard 3-4 or 4-3 defenses. He was drafted in the tenth round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.

After two seasons with the Chargers, he retired from the NFL after he suffered a broken neck, and started his coaching career as the head coach at Crawford High School in San Diego in 1990. Faucette went on to coach the linebackers for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League from 1990–92, alongside serving as the team's head strength coach. Between 1996 and 1999, he served as the boys' athletic director and head football coach at St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas, leading his team to a 10–3 record and a state runner-up finish in 1998.

Entering the collegiate level, Faucette became an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Texas in 1999. He left for Southern Methodist University after two seasons to become the Mustangs' head strength & conditioning coach. Faucette returned to the Longhorns for a second stint in 2006–07. In 2008, he was hired by the St. Louis Rams as strength and conditioning coach. In June 2008, Faucette received the highest honor from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) as he was named Master Strength and Conditioning coach. On February 5, he was retained by new Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo. On January 7, 2010, Coach Spagnuolo elected not to renew his contract He was the head coach from 2010 to 2016 at Lutheran High School South in St. Louis. On February 26, 2016, out of a candidate pool of over 150 coaches, Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Texas named Faucette as its Head Football Coach. In his first season, Faucette led Bishop Lynch to the 2016 TAPPS Division I state championship, the school's first football state title since 2003.

Faucette was originally drafted in the 12th round (290th pick)out of high school to play baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1981, at 17, he played outfield for their rookie-league team in Bradenton, Florida. In 1982, he played in Florence, South Carolina and Medicine Hat, Alberta before going to play college football for the University of Maryland. His daughter, Juliann, is a Professional volleyball player, attended the University of Texas, and was a three time All-America.. His brother Patrick Faucette is an actor.

Darian Stewart

Darian Stewart (born August 4, 1988) is an American football strong safety who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent after the 2010 NFL Draft and has also played for the Baltimore Ravens. As a member of the Denver Broncos, he won a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers. He was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2017. He played college football at South Carolina.

Darian Thompson

Darian Thompson (born September 22, 1993) is an American football safety for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Boise State.

Eli Apple

Eli Apple (born August 9, 1995), formerly known as Eli Woodard, is an American football cornerback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, and was selected by the New York Giants with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

James Laurinaitis

James Richard Laurinaitis (born December 3, 1986) is a former American football linebacker who played for the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, where he was a three-time consensus All-American and won numerous awards. He was drafted by the Rams in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Josh McDaniels

Joshua Thomas McDaniels (born April 22, 1976) is an American football coach who is the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). McDaniels was one of the few members of the Patriots' coaching staff that has been there for all six of their Super Bowl wins; he was with the team initially from 2001 to 2008, serving in multiple capacities. He is the highest-paid offensive coordinator in the NFL.

In 2009, McDaniels was hired as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. At the time of his hiring, 33-year-old McDaniels was the youngest head coach in the NFL, although less than a week later the Tampa Bay Buccaneers named Raheem Morris, who is five months younger, as their head coach. McDaniels was fired by Denver after a 3–9 start in 2010. He spent the 2011 season as offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, but he was released by the Rams for the 2011 playoffs to serve as an offensive assistant for the Patriots in their run to Super Bowl XLVI, before returning to the team as offensive coordinator that following season.

Ken Flajole

Ken Flajole (born October 4, 1954) is an American football coach who is currently the linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL).

List of Los Angeles Rams head coaches

The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Rams compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The Rams played their first season in 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio. During World War II, the Rams did not play during the 1943 season because of wartime restrictions and shortages. The team became known as the Los Angeles Rams after it moved to Los Angeles, California in 1946. After the 1979 season, the Rams moved south to the suburbs in nearby Orange County, playing their home games at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim for 15 seasons (1980–1994) but kept their Los Angeles name. The club moved east to St. Louis, Missouri before the 1995 season, and moved back to Southern California before the 2016 season.

The Rams franchise has had 26 head coaches throughout its history. Damon Wetzel became the first head coach of the Cleveland Rams in 1936. He served for one season before he was replaced by Hugo Bezdek in 1937 as the Rams became a National Football League franchise. But after losing 13 of 14 games, Bezdek was dismissed and replaced by Art Lewis three games into the 1938 season. Dutch Clark, who was later one of the charter inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, became head coach of the Rams and coached the team for four seasons until the franchise suspended operations for the 1943 season. When the Rams resumed play in 1944, Aldo "Buff" Donelli became head coach and was 4-4 in his only season. In 1945, Adam Walsh became head coach and proceeded to lead the Cleveland Rams to a 9-1 record and the franchise's first NFL championship. Walsh was named the league's Coach of the Year.

Despite the title, the Rams' faltering financial fortunes in Cleveland sparked a move to Los Angeles by owner Dan Reeves. Walsh remained head coach, but left after the Rams finished 6-4-1 in their inaugural season on the west coast. Walsh was succeeded by Bob Snyder, who went 6-6 in his only season in 1947. Clark Shaughnessy took over for the next two seasons and led the Rams to the 1949 NFL Championship game (losing to the Philadelphia Eagles), but he was dismissed for reportedly for creating "internal friction" within the club. Line coach Joe Stydahar was elevated to head coach and guided the Rams back to the NFL championship game in 1950, where they again lost, this time to the Cleveland Browns 30-28. A year later, the teams would rematch, but this time the Rams prevailed 24-17 over the Browns to win the 1951 NFL Championship. Although he was successful as head coach, an internal dispute between Stydahar and assistant coach Hamp Pool spilled over into the public and Stydahar resigned one game into the 1952 season. Pool was elevated to head coach and led the Rams to their fourth straight postseason appearance in 1953, this time losing to the Detroit Lions in a playoff. Pool stayed as head coach for two more seasons before giving way to Sid Gillman, who led the Rams to the 1955 NFL Championship game where they again lost to Cleveland. Although his innovative offensive style would influence pro football for decades to come, Gillman never equaled the success of his first season, and left after five seasons to coach the American Football League's Los Angeles Chargers. The Rams continued without success under head coaches Bob Waterfield and Harland Svare.

In 1966, George Allen was hired as head coach and instantly turned around the Rams' on-field fortunes. In his five seasons, Allen never had a losing record and led the Rams to division titles in 1967 and 1969. But the Rams fell both times to the eventual NFL champion, and that combined with ongoing friction between himself and owner Dan Reeves, made Allen's situation unstable. Allen was originally fired in 1968, but after players interceded on his behalf, Reeves retained him for two more seasons. After failing to make the playoffs in 1970, Allen was released once his contract expired, and he was replaced by former UCLA coach Tommy Prothro, who led the Rams for two unsuccessful seasons.

By this time, Dan Reeves had died, and the franchise was then sold to Robert Irsay, who then immediately traded the franchise to Carroll Rosenbloom in exchange for the Baltimore Colts. Following the 1972 season, Rosenbloom dismissed Prothro and brought in as his replacement Chuck Knox. Installing his trademark "Ground Chuck" offense, Knox led the Rams to a 12-2 record and their first NFC West title, and was named NFL Coach of the Year for 1973. Los Angeles would repeat as division champions four more times under Knox, while also reaching the NFC Championship Game three consecutive years from 1974 through 1976. But the Rams were frustrated each time in their attempt to reach the Super Bowl, and after an upset loss to Minnesota in a 1977 NFC Divisional Playoff, Knox left Los Angeles to take the head coaching job with the Buffalo Bills.

Although he considered hiring future Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh (then the head coach at Stanford, Rosenbloom brought back George Allen to great fanfare. However, Allen's rigid ways clashed with both players on the roster and team administration, including general manager Don Klosterman. The effect of the turmoil on the team was evident, and after the Rams played poorly in a pair of exhibition losses at home, Rosenbloom fired Allen and promoted defensive coordinator Ray Malavasi to head coach.

Malavasi, the lone holdover from Knox's staff, was well-liked by players, and the chemistry showed as the Rams roared to a 7-0 start in 1978 on the way to a 12-4 record and the team's sixth straight NFC West title. Los Angeles finally defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs, but again were denied a chance to play in the Super Bowl when they were shut out 28-0 by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1978 NFC Championship Game. Injuries racked the Rams at numerous positions in 1979 and stumbled to a 9-7 mark, which was still good enough for Los Angeles to claim a then-record seventh straight division championship. In the playoffs, the Rams upset the Cowboys in Dallas, then shut out the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win the NFC Championship and, at last, advance to play in the Super Bowl. Though they were more than 10-point underdogs to the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV, the Rams had the advantage of playing in the Los Angeles area, and led their opponent after each of the first three quarters. But big plays on offense and a critical interception late in the fourth quarter sealed the game for the Steelers 31-19. In 1980, the Rams moved to Anaheim Stadium and after an 0-2 start, won 11 of the next 14 to earn their eighth straight trip to the NFC playoffs, where they were defeated at Dallas. A contract dispute with quarterback Vince Ferragamo marred the 1981 season, as the Rams fell to 6-10. Next season was even worse, as Los Angeles finished with a 2-7 record in 1982, which was disrupted by a players strike that lasted 57 days. Malavasi was then fired after five seasons.

Rams owner Georgia Frontiere, who had taken over the team following the death of her husband Carroll Rosenbloom in 1979, hired former USC head coach John Robinson for the 1983 season. Bringing a host of former Trojan assistants with him, Robinson installed his trademark running game that worked perfectly with the Rams' powerful offensive line and explosive running back Eric Dickerson. Robinson led the Rams to playoff appearances in six of the next seven seasons, including an NFC West title in 1985 as well as reaching the NFC Championship Games in 1985 and 1989. But back-to-back losing seasons in 1990 and 1991 doomed Robinson, who stepped down after a 3-13 campaign. Robinson ended his NFL career with the most wins (79) in Rams franchise history.

Again, the Rams had the opportunity to go with a well-regarded young offensive mind, having interviewed then-San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren. But as her late husband had once done, Georgia Frontiere opted to play it safe by bringing back Chuck Knox, who had just weeks earlier stepped down from coaching the Seattle Seahawks. But Knox was unable to recreate the magic of his earlier tenure with the Rams, as Los Angeles finished 6-10 in 1992 and got progressively worse each following season. Additionally, Frontiere openly flirted with a possible franchise move to St. Louis, and Knox was fired following the Rams' 4-12 finish in 1994.

Making a fresh start in St. Louis, former Oregon head coach Rich Brooks was installed as head coach. After struggling to win, Brooks was fired after just two seasons and replaced by Dick Vermeil. The former Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Vermeil had not coached on any level since retiring in 1982. But after two double-digit loss seasons, Vermeil shepherded the Rams to remarkable turnaround in 1999. Led by the arrival of running back Marshall Faulk and the emergence of quarterback Kurt Warner, the St. Louis Rams took the NFL by storm and went on to win Super Bowl XXXIV 23-16 over the Tennessee Titans. Vermeil then retired and was succeeded by his offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who would ultimately lead the Rams back to the Super Bowl. But after being upset 20-17 by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI and then losing to the Carolina Panthers in double overtime during the 2003 NFC Divisional Playoff, Martz began to fall out of favor with Rams management. Five games into the 2005 season, Martz took a leave of absence to treat a bacterial infection in his heart. For the remainder of the season, Martz was replaced on an interim basis by Joe Vitt. The Rams finished 6-10 overall and both Martz and Vitt were fired following the season.

Scott Linehan became the new head coach of the St. Louis Rams in 2006 and showed some promise during an 8-8 campaign in which the Rams rallied to win their final three games to finish just one game behind Seattle in the NFC West standings. But St. Louis faltered to 3-13 in {2007 St. Louis Rams season|2007]] and after an 0-4 start in 2008, Linehan was fired. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was elevated to interim head coach, having previously been head coach with the New Orleans Saints. Though he began his brief tenure with two straight wins, the Rams under Haslett ended the 2008 season with 10 straight losses, and Haslett was not considered as a candidate for the permanent head coaching position. The Rams then hired Steve Spagnuolo as head coach after Spagnuolo's successful stretch running the New York Giants defense. But as dismal as St. Louis was in 2008, when the Rams went 2-14, it was even worse in 2009 as St. Louis went 1-15, with only a 17-10 win at Detroit staving off a winless season. Fortunes improved in 2010 thanks to a strong season from rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, as the Rams went 7-9 and were in the playoff hunt until the season's final week, when Seattle defeated them 16-6 to win the NFC West. But the Rams reverted to their losing form in 2011 with a 2-14 record. After losing their final seven games, Spagnuolo was fired along with general manager Billy Devaney.

New Rams owner Stan Kroenke made his first hire with former Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher taking over. The Rams did show overall improvement during a 7-8-1 season. But it was the best that Fisher would be able to do, as the Rams went 7-9, 6-10, and 7-9 in their final seasons in St. Louis. Following the end of the 2015 season, the Rams were approved to return to Los Angeles, ending the NFL's 21-year absence from the market. Fisher, who had guided the Oilers/Titans franchise in its relocation from Houston to Memphis and ultimately to Nashville, was retained and shepherded the Rams through the turmoil of the move. And while the newly-rebranded Los Angeles Rams began the 2016 season 3-1, the team would win only one of its remaining 12 games. Though he had acquired strong talent in successive drafts with Aaron Donald in 2014, Todd Gurley in 2015, and Jared Goff in 2016, Fisher was unable to put together a consistently winning combination on the field. And after a 42-14 loss at home to the Atlanta Falcons that tied him for the most regular season losses by a coach in NFL history, Fisher was fired on December 12, 2016. Special teams coordinator John Fassel was named interim head coach, but was winless in the final three games of the season.

The Rams interviewed a variety of candidates, but surprised many observers by hiring then 30-year-old Sean McVay as head coach on January 12, 2017. With a work ethic and reservoir of knowledge that belied his age, McVay refashioned the team in his own image. The youngest head coach in modern league history hired longtime NFL coach Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator and retained Fassel as special teams coordinator. The results were overwhelmingly positive as McVay's new-look Rams went 11-5 in 2017 and clinched their first NFC West title since 2003, and McVay was named NFL Coach of the Year. In 2018, the Rams improved to 13-3, tying for the second-most regular season wins in team history, and qualified to play in Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots.

Sid Gillman and George Allen have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as coaches. To this date, Dick Vermeil is the only coach to win a Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

List of New York Giants head coaches

The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They are members of the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The franchise was founded in 1925 and have played for 19 NFL championships. They have won seven World Championship Games (Super Bowl and NFL Championship games) and one NFL Championship by virtue of having the league's best record at the end of the season in 1927.There have been 17 head coaches for the Giants franchise. Five different coaches have won NFL Championships with the team: Earl Potteiger in 1927, Steve Owen in 1934 and 1938, Jim Lee Howell in 1956, Bill Parcells in 1986 and 1990, and Tom Coughlin in 2007 and 2011. Steve Owen leads all-time in games coached and wins, and LeRoy Andrews leads all coaches in winning percentage with .828 (with at least one full season coached). Bill Arnsparger is statistically the worst coach the Giants have had in terms of winning percentage, with .200.Of the 17 Giants coaches, three have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Benny Friedman, Steve Owen and Bill Parcells. Several former players have been head coach for the Giants, including Doc Alexander, Earl Potteiger, Benny Friedman, Steve Owen, Jim Lee Howell, and Alex Webster.

Pat Shurmur

Patrick Carl Shurmur (born April 14, 1965), is an American football coach who is the head coach of the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2011 to 2012, and has also been the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings.

Spagnuolo

Spagnuolo (Italian: [spaɲˈɲwɔːlo], Neapolitan: [ʃpaɲˈɲwoːlə]) is an Italian surname, meaning literally "Spanish or "from Spain" and may refer to:

Giovanni Spagnuolo, Italian engineer

Giuseppe Crespi, nicknamed "Lo Spagnuolo", Italian painter

Jason Spagnuolo, Australian soccer player

Steve Spagnuolo, Defensive coordinator of New York Football Giants of the National Football League

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.