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Monday, January 19, 2009
Around the NFC West: Rams start fresh

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says new Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo got his start with the Redskins in 1983. Rams general manager Billy Devaney was a Redskins scout at the time. Devaney: "He'd make the airport runs. He picked players up that were coming in, or took players to the airport that were cut. He was the absolute 'go-fer.' We used 16mm film back then; if the tape broke Spags was the guy who spliced the tape together."

Also from Thomas: Former Rams coach Scott Linehan could be headed to the Bucs or Jets as offensive coordinator.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Spagnuolo's background as a winner trumped his background on defense, at least according to a Rams player.

Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier felt as though he did everything in his power to become the Rams' next head coach.

Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer says Eagles quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur could become the Rams' offensive coordinator under Steve Spagnuolo.