Morning Ram-blings: Spagnuolo returns to New York

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The coaching carousel continued to spin Thursday and a couple of formerly prominent St. Louis Rams coaches landed in new (or old in one case) surroundings.

The New York Giants announced Thursday that former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is heading back to his old position as defensive coordinator. That's the same job he held when the Rams hired him for their head coaching position in 2009.

Also noted in that story is another coach with Rams ties. Tim Walton, who was the Rams defensive coordinator in 2013, will take over as the cornerbacks coach in New York.

Giants reporter Dan Graziano isn't sold that going back to the past is the best move for the future of the Giants.

I have no idea if Spagnuolo's return to New York will work for him and I think my colleague makes a lot of salient points in the discussion. It obviously didn't work for Spagnuolo as head coach in St. Louis but it's not like he suddenly forgot how to coach. Some coaches are just better off as coordinators and, like players, need to be in the right spot.

Maybe New York is the right time and place for Spagnuolo this time around.


A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we opened the day with a look at the Rams' standards. ... We then examined how Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota might or might not fit in St. Louis. ... The Rams sought permission to speak to Adam Gase about their offensive coordinator position. .... Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones' decision to return to school leaves one less option for the Rams in this year's draft.


Niners reporter Paul Gutierrez offered live updates from the Jim Tomsula introductory news conference.

Some interesting comments by Chargers executive Mark Fabiani on the team's stadium efforts courtesy of Chargers reporter Eric Williams.

At 101sports.com, John Clayton tells The Fast Lane that Stan Kroenke's efforts to move the team could be blocked.

At stltoday.com, David Hunn has some interesting words from NFL executive Eric Grubman on the Rams' future in St. Louis.

Jim Thomas writes that guard Rodger Saffold underwent successful shoulder surgery.