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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 11:00 am | Updated: 2:12 pm, Wed Nov 23, 2011.

St. Louis sports already has seen two coaching changes over the last couple of weeks.

Is a third one on the horizon?

Steve Spagnuolo is in his third season as head coach of the Rams. He has an overall record of 10-32.

When the Rams fired Scott Linehan during the 2008 season, he was in his third year and had an overall record of 11-25.

Mike Martz was 56-36 as head coach of the Rams.

Not counting the postseason, Dick Vermeil was 22-26 in three years with the Rams. He was 9-23 after two seasons.

But Vermeil brought the Lombardi Trophy to St. Louis, so his first two seasons are forgotten.

Jim Harbaugh has San Francisco 9-1 in his first season with the 49ers. By the time the year is over, he’ll have more wins in one season than Spagnuolo has in three.

Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll has 12 wins in his second season with the Seahawks, including a playoff victory.

Spagnuolo has directed the Rams to seasons of 1-15 and 7-9. What will his record be this year?

With six games remaining, the Rams own a 2-8 record. Still on the schedule are San Francisco twice, Arizona, Seattle, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

At best, we’re looking at a 4-12 record. Will 12 wins in three seasons be enough to save Spagnuolo’s job? Does he need to show something to save his job?

“I don’t go there only because I don’t do the six-week deal. I don’t go that far into the future. It’s just this game,” Spagnuolo said. “I just know that’s how I operate in this business. The good Lord takes care of the rest.”

Spagnuolo seems like a good guy. By all accounts, he’s a good football coach, especially when it comes to defense.

But he’s obviously had his struggles as a head coach.

To his defense, the Rams have been hit hard by injuries this season. They literally will have to find someone off the street to play offensive tackle this Sunday against the Cardinals.

The defensive backfield also has been hit hard by injuries.

But there also have been plenty of things to question regarding decisions by Spagnuolo.

Hiring Josh McDaniels as offensive coordinator hasn’t worked. Sam Bradford has taken a step backward.

If there’s a coaching change, maybe just McDaniels, that means Bradford would have his third different offense in three years. That would be rough.

But can you really keep the same staff in place after this kind of brutal season?

Rams owner Stan Kroenke doesn’t make many public appearances, but you know he’s watching somewhere and taking notes.

“When I get an opportunity, I visit with Stan, but I don’t bother him. We’re here pounding away,” Spagnuolo said. “He’s very supportive. He was in the locker room I think it was back in Arizona. I love having him around. I’ve got a great deal of respect for him. But he knows we’re here pounding away.”

A coaching change this season likely will not happen. What would be the point? Are you just going to let McDaniels take over? No thanks.

The Rams aren’t going anywhere. You might as well see if the team plays hard for Spags over the final six games.

Spagnuolo doesn’t deserve all of the heat. General manager Billy Devaney needs to be thrown into the mix as well.

The Rams’ offseason moves looked good on paper, but haven’t worked out. The only player to really make a difference has been safety Quintin Mikell. Offensive guard Harvey Dahl and defensive tackle Justin Bannon have been OK.

Linebackers Brady Poppinga and Ben Leber have done very little. Has anyone seen running back Jerious Norwood lately?

The Rams have big money tied up in the starting offensive line, which isn’t exactly working out.

In last Sunday’s game, two of those five regular starters played. Tackles Rodger Saffold and Jason Smith were hurt (both are under performing this season) and center Jason Brown was benched.

The silver lining to this Rams’ mess is the team is in line for a top five pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

Indianapolis is 0-10 and will likely have the No. 1 pick. Minnesota and Carolina both are tied with the Rams at 2-8.

After the Colts draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the Rams would love to have that No. 2 pick to take all-world Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon.

The question is, who will be the Rams coach next year?


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Thursday, Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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