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Rams, Bucs fire their coaches

January 2, 2012 | 11:10 am


Black Monday is underway in the NFL as St. Louis and Tampa Bay have fired their coaches.

That's right, the Rams' Steve Spagnuolo and the Buccaneers' Raheem Morris are out.

In addition to dumping their coach, the 2-14 Rams also parted ways with General Manager Billy Devaney.

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

The Buccaneers finished 4-12, ending the season with a 10-game losing streak. Morris was 17-31 in three seasons with Tampa Bay.

Other coaches who could be on their way out soon include Indianapolis' Jim Caldwell and San Diego's Norv Turner, although Chargers owner Dean Spanos told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he plans to take a couple of days before making the decision of what to do next.


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Photo: The Rams had another down year, leaving Steve Spagnuolo out as coach. Credit: L.G. Patterson / Associated Press