The St. Louis Rams have hired New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo as their coach, according to reports.
Spagnuolo replaces Jim Haslett and takes over a team that
finished 2-14. Haslett went 2-10 as interim coach after his
promotion from defensive coordinator when Scott Linehan was fired
following an 0-4 start.
Spagnuolo was the architect of the Giants' sack-happy defense
that thwarted New England's run to a perfect season in last year's
Super Bowl upset.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch was the first to report the hiring.
The NFL Network reported the deal is worth $11.5 million over four
years. Rams spokesman Rick Smith said he was not aware of any
announcement and no news conference was planned.