Are we sure?
While it comes as no surprise to see today's announcement, I am not sure what everyone expected from Spags. Lets just ask which coach with the injuries we had and the other challenges would have won this year. Fisher? Gruden? while we are at it Cowher?
Realy I just don't see anyone taking on these issues and turning a winning season, in a division that went from being the NFL's worst to one of the best. If anyone can recall a coach with as much adversity winning, please provide his name to Stan or just post it here. Judging Spags by this year (yes I do know 10-38), is highly questionable, that would be like giving a guy a speeding ticket for driving too slow on the freeway, while he has two wheels blown out, a busted transmission, and the windshield cracked. I am sure that driver would have done just fine had he been given the oppurtunity to drive a proper auto. Let us not forget that Devaney really did load this team with absolute blanks in the revolver that represents our receiving corp. No I do not disagree, but I am hopeful.
I am hopeful the Rams do hire not only a proven winner, but a real good GM who will do what all winning teams do, find talent in the draft from rounds 1-7, something we haven't had in YEARS!!! Now I know there is a bandwagon running twenty miles of hopefuls for Jeff Fisher and Jon Gruden (which I heard is no-way), but are they proven winners. Gruden did win a super bowl, basically by taking the Dungy team with an excellent defense and putting his WC offense with Brad Johnson at the helm, result his offense plus excellent defense equaled a Super Bowl, then the equation continues with lenght of time, and a supposed arrogance resulted in declining football ever since. Then we look at Fisher, a no-nonsense approach kind of guy that installs toughness and determination, problem is, absent a superbowl or for that matter six winning seasons out 16, uhhhhh that is not sounding that great or for that matter a recipe for a super bowl team.
Hopeful, am I for the Rams to really push for a proven winner to town, maybe try and pull Vermiel out of retirement (I know he is old), perhaps with Ken retained as DC (if they haven't fired him already), and bring in an old friend to run the offense, he can do what he always did, motivate players and make sound in game decisions.
Oh for note I totally agree with the handling of Devaney, not wishing him bad (because he actually does find some steals, with a whole lot of misses), but the draft has not been that successful for us.