St Louis Rams Fire General Manager Bill Devaney after Poor Season

January 3, 2012

The St. Louis Rams have fired General Manager Billy Devaney after a very dissapointing NFL season with the team having one of the worst records in the league with 2 wins and 14 losses.

The news that Devaney has been fired comes moments after the team confirmed that head coach Steve Spagnuolo was fired on Monday morning. 

Rams owner Stan Kroenke and Arsenal shareholder said in a statement released by the team: “I would like to personally thank Steve and Billy for their dedication to the St. Louis Rams organization over the past several seasons. This was a difficult decision for many reasons. We have tremendous respect for Steve and Billy as people and football professionals.

“No one individual is to blame for this disappointing season and we all must hold ourselves accountable. However, we believe it’s in the best interest of the St. Louis Rams to make theses changes as we continue our quest to build a team that consistently competes for playoffs and championships.”

Devaney joined the team in 2008 and his notable decisions include the hiring of Spagnuolo and McDaniels and the draft selections of Bradford, DE Chris Long, MLB James Laurinaitis, RT Jason Smith and LT Rodger Saffold.

After a strong 2010 season the Rams were heading into this in contention for the top spot in the NFC West.

However a slew of injuries to the secondary, offensive line and QB Sam Bradford plus OC Josh McDaniels’ inability to spur the offense — it ranked last in scoring (12.1 ppg) — were hallmarks of a 2-14 season that has left the team with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft. Spagnuolo’s defense was also overrun, literally, ranking 31st in rush defense (151.7 ypg).