Buccaneers, Rams fire head coaches

The Tampa Bay Buc­caneers and St. Louis Rams are looking for new head coaches.


The Bucs fired Raheem Morris on Monday after three seasons as head coach, while St. Louis fired Steve Spagnuolo. The Rams also let general manager Billy Devaney go.

Tampa Bay announced the change one day after a 45-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons extended the franchise’s longest losing streak within the same season since 1977 to 10 games.

Morris went 17-31, including a 10-6 mark in 2010, when the Bucs (4-12) narrowly missed the playoffs. His entire staff of assistants was dismissed, too.

The Rams wrapped up a 2-14 season.

St. Louis made a six-win improvement last season and played for the NFC West title in the finale, but was just 10-38 overall in three seasons with Spagnuolo and Devaney calling the shots. Devaney joined the front office in 2008.


COLTS: Cleaning out the front office might be only the start of the changes in Indianapolis.

Team owner Jim Irsay fired team vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, Chris, the Colts’ general manager. He said there was a good chance coach Jim Caldwell will be back next season, but his evaluation was not over.


STEELERS: Pittsburgh’s journey through the playoffs won’t include running back Rashard Mendenhall.

A person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press that Mendenhall has a torn ACL in his right knee and is out for the entire postseason.


JAGUARS: Jacksonville has received permission to interview Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey for its head coaching vacancy.

Mularkey went 14-18 in two seasons as head coach with Buffalo (2004-05). He has been Atlanta’s offensive coordinator since 2008.

• The Jaguars also received permission from the New York Jets to interview offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.


49ERS: Head coach Jim Harbaugh told San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith the team plans to re-sign him beyond this season.


BILLS: Coach Chan Gailey said defensive coordinator George Edwards has been fired and replaced by Dave Wannstedt.

Wannstedt takes over after spending the past season as the team’s assistant head coach.

Edwards had just completed his second season at the position.



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