Ax Monday: NFL's Rams, Tampa Bay coaches fired
Tampa Bay's Raheem Morris watches from the sidelines Sunday during his team's 45-24 loss to the Falcons.
January 2nd, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Ax Monday: NFL's Rams, Tampa Bay coaches fired

One day after the conclusion of the NFL regular season, league owners got their turn to even the score in some ways. The St. Louis Rams dumped head coach Steve Spagnuolo and General Manager Billy Devaney on Monday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers canned head coach Raheem Morris.

And the ax may continue to fall, according to news reports around the league. Several coaches have been on the proverbial hot seat in recent months. On Monday, Tampa Bay and St. Louis stopped fumbling around.

On the team’s website, Rams owner E. Stanley Kroenke thanked the engineers of the team’s 2-14 season “for their dedication to the St. Louis Rams organization over the past several seasons.

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

The Rams averaged 12 points a game and finished the season with a seven-game losing streak. Their two wins? A one-point victory against the Cleveland Browns and an incredible 10-point win against New Orleans.

One day after Tampa Bay was embarrassed 45-24 by the Atlanta Falcons, the Buccaneers relieved Morris of his duties, according to the team website.

“I have a lot of respect and appreciation for the passion Coach Morris gave to our football team, but this change is one we felt was necessary,” Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said in a statement.

Moments after Sunday’s game, Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman shouldered much of the blame for a disastrous 4-12 season that saw Tampa Bay take several steps backward. “I gotta step back and figure out what I can do better, to be a better quarterback, be a better leader for this team,” he said.

The coaching carousel began turning earlier than most this season. In November, Jacksonville fired Jack Del Rio, winner of one postseason game in nine seasons.

Other NFL head coaches on the hot seat:

Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell:  He may survive Monday, maybe. All his Colts did was lose 14 games and win the No. 1 pick in the draft, probably Stanford signal caller Andrew Luck. The season wasn't all Caldwell's fault. Without Peyton Manning, the Colts suffered that most pedestrian of all seasons: Nobody cared.

Dallas Cowboys' Jason Garrett: After the 'Boys completed their late-season collapse - losing four out of their last five games -  a 31-14 loss to the New York Giants has diehards wondering what it will take for Dallas to play in January.

"We just have to get better and that's what we told our team," Garrett told reporters Sunday, according to The Dallas Morning News. "It starts with me as the head coach, our coaching staff needs to get better, our players need to get better. And that starts when we come back and reconvene in March.”

San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner: The offensive mastermind got his Chargers off to a 4-1 start before a six-game losing streak doomed the season. After five years, can the Chargers afford to continue the status quo?

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid: The Eagles were supposed to be the team to beat in the NFC, but imploded behind injuries to starting quarterback Michael Vick, an inconsistent defense and ill-timed antics from its top receiver, DeSean Jackson. Reid, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, may not even want to come back. “I’ll think about it when I want to think about it,” the coach was quoted as saying when asked if he would start thinking about his future in Philly.

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  1. webvideodepot.com

    Reblogged this on Web Video Depot.Com and commented:
    Cool Post My NFL friend.
    Rich Meyers
    web video depot

    January 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. .com cop

    Hey someone has to pay the price and usually its the coachs head on the chopping block

    January 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conan the Librarian

      as a Vikings fans putting some heads on the chopping block would be the most entertaining and productive thing they have done in the Dome this season ........... should start with the owner .....Zygi Wlif.
      One big phoney ...not a football person ............. he is a real estate developer ..............off with his head and carry it around Minnie on a spike !!

      January 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      Great username!

      January 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass©

      What am I? Chopped liver?

      January 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fire Reid NOW!

    Unfortunately, Reid will be back. He has gotten us nowhere in 13 years. Why not try for 14?

    January 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Linda

    It was a well deserved firing in the case of the Rams. The head coach provided zero leadership, he needed to go.

    January 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm

    nfl coaches make more than enough money where the job loss is more of an symbolic gesture...a turning of the thumb down. I don't feel sorry for them, they left with their head still intact.

    January 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chiniquy

    Before the start of this season Jim Caldwell had a record of 24 wins and 8 losses with the Colts. They lost 14 and won 2 this season. Why should he be fired after one losing season? Is it because he is of African descent?

    January 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      "Caldwell" doen't sound African to me.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      I think after this season it's safe to say that it was Peyton Manning with that 24-8 record. Good coaches adapt to the loss of a star. For examples, see Belicheck's 11-5 season without Brady. All Caldwell has proven during that period is that he was a fine caretaker those seasons, but a poor coach once he's forced to work outside his comfort zone.

      Bringing race into the conversation only shows your racism. Not anyone else's.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Synfield

      Don't be stupid. People who feel the need to inject race into every conversation are tiresome. If Caldwell gets fired it'll be because he went 2-14, not because he was/is black. Grow up. He proved that without Peyton Manning, he had no idea how to win.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    So the coaches of 3 teams (Dallas, Philadelphia, San Diego) that finished 8-8 are on the bubble, another (NY Jets) can't decide if it is the coach or the QB's fault, and one 8-8 team makes the playoffs (Denver). I guess the reason Chicago will stand pat with their coaching staff is the hope that Green Bay and Detroit will disappear next year so Lovie can back into the play offs without costing the owners an extra dime.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. webvideodepot.com

    Great Post. Always a good read.
    Rich Meyers
    Web Video Depot.Com

    January 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    Bring back Gruden and watch the Bucs come back alive! Yeah, I know, he's a white boy but he's got what it takes to make it happen again. Penache and experience and a little class.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissy

      Dungy was the best coach the Bucs ever had. He was a class act. He built that championship team that Gruden got to stut in and bring to the Super Bowl. But it quickly became apparent that all the work that Tony did was unravelled by Gruden and the team fell apart.
      Currently, the team doesn't seem much like one at all. The owners/management are also dtupid to not show games that don't sell out locally. After the last few years, they have completely alienated themselves from their fan base, and especially potential young fans. Nobody knows who the players even are anymore, and you never hear about players or the team doing anything good for the community anymore like they used to do. The great spirit has just gone. so sad. You don't see anyone even wearing Bucs jerseys around any more. Nobody knows what jerseys are even worth getting. You would think that they would simply lower prices in the bad economy or give away a lot of tickets to charity groups to fill the stadiums. Sure its a loss...but a future investment in the team and community support for it when times are better. An empty stadium makes less money than one with cheap seats, in MANY ways.
      The coach leaving will likely be a very good thing, as he had no positive energy. All his interviews were simply empty, not hopeful. He seemed to idolize a young quarterback that simply couldn't get his act together. You only give a guy so much time before you try to switch things up. If you keep doing the same thing, the outcome won't change. -a basic rule he seemed to not grasp.
      Go Bucs -next year!!

      January 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Melissa

    Oh, no! Do not bring Mr Negative and Abusive back to the Bucs. Let Jon Gruden continue to be a lousy announcer on MNF but don't let him coach the Bucs!

    January 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the kat

    Rams don't hire any NFL retread coach. Hire a college coach that can related to current generation players. The Charger GM is available too get this guy. An finally get the hell out of St. Louis and get back home to LA (E.T. go home)

    January 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Please learn how to put together a coherent sentence.

      January 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chrissy

    Bring up some College Coaches...there are so many really good ones out there ready to make the move! Tampa Bay is a great place to live!

    January 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tct

    They had coaches?

    January 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bigwilliestyles

    Hey Avser: here's your daily dose of attention. Now get lost or troll my name or do whatever losers like you do after you finish talking to no one about nothing. Beat it clown.

    January 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hamsta

    Thats why we call them the tampa bay suckaneers!

    January 3, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
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