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The St. Louis Rams are a professional football team based in St. Louis, Missouri. They are members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL).[1] The Rams played their first season in 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio. During World War II, the Rams did not play during the 1943 season because of wartime restrictions and shortages.[2] The team became known as the Los Angeles Rams after it moved to Los Angeles, California in 1946. After the 1979 season, the Rams moved south to the suburbs in nearby Orange County, playing their home games at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim for fifteen seasons (19801994) but kept their Los Angeles name. The club moved east to St. Louis, Missouri before the 1995 season.[2]

The NFL considers the franchise to be a second incarnation of the previous Cleveland Rams team that was a charter member of the second American Football League. Although the NFL granted membership to the same owner, the NFL considers it a separate entity because only four of the players (William "Bud" Cooper, Harry "The Horse" Mattos, Stan Pincura, and Mike Sebastian) and none of the team's management joined the new NFL team.[3][4]

There have been 25 head coaches for the Rams franchise. Damon Wetzel became the first head coach of the Rams in 1936, when it was called the Cleveland Rams. He served for one season before he was replaced by Hugo Bezdek. George Allen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach. Dick Vermeil is the only coach to win a Super Bowl championship for the St. Louis Rams.

Rich Brooks was the first coach for the team in St. Louis. After struggling to win, Brooks was fired and replaced by former Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Dick Vermeil. Vermeil went on to win the Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999. His offensive coordinator, Mike Martz, took over after Vermeil retired for the second time. Mike Martz has the best winning percentages in St. Louis Rams history. Since Martz's firing the Rams have had Joe Vitt coach interim, Scott Linehan was his successor and replaced by Jim Haslett once he, himself, was terminated in the early part of the 2008 season. The current head coach is former New York Giants defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo.

KeyEdit

# Number of coaches[N 1]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
* Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Spent entire professional head coaching career with Rams

CoachesEdit

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2010 NFL season.

# Name Term[N 2] Regular Season Playoffs Achievements Reference
GC W L T Win% GC W L Win%
Cleveland Rams
1 Damon Wetzel[N 3] 1936 9522.714 [2]
2 Hugo Bezdek[N 4] 19371938 141130.071 [5]
3 Art Lewis 1938 8440.500 [6]
4 Dutch Clark 19391942 4416262.386 [7]
[N 5] 1943
5 Buff Donelli 1944 10460.400 [8]
6 Adam Walsh 19451946 221651.772 1101.000 1945 Pro NFL Coach of the Year[9] [10]
Los Angeles Rams
7 Bob Snyder 1947 12660.500 [11]
8 Clark Shaughnessy 19481949 12660.500 101.000 [12]
9 Joe Stydahar[N 6] 19501952 281990.678 321.667 [13]
10 Hamp Pool 19521954 3623112.666 101.000 1952 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year[14] [15]
11 Sid Gillman 19551959 6128321.467 101.000 [16]
12 Bob Waterfield[N 7] 19601962 349241.288 [18]
13 Harland Svare 19621965 4814313.322 [19]
14 George Allen* 19661970 7249194.708 202.000 [22]
15 Tommy Prothro 19711972 2814122.535 [23]
16 Chuck Knox 19731977 7857201.737 835.375 [26]
17 Ray Malavasi 19781982 7943360.544 633.500 [27]
18 John Robinson 19831991 15379740.516 1046.400 [28]
Chuck Knox 19921994 4815330.312 [26]
St. Louis Rams
19 Rich Brooks 19951996 3213190.406 [29]
20 Dick Vermeil 19971999 5125260.490 3301.000 [31]
21 Mike Martz[N 8] 20002005 9256360.608 734.429 [32]
22 Joe Vitt 2005 11470.364 [33]
23 Scott Linehan 20062008 3611250.344 [34]
24 Jim Haslett 2008 122100.166 [35]
25 Steve Spagnuolo 2009–present 328240.250 [36]

NotesEdit

  1. A running total of the number of Rams head coaches. Thus, any head coach who has two or more separate terms is only counted once.
  2. Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season.
  3. Damon Wetzel was a player-coach for the Rams in 1936.[2]
  4. Hugo Bezdek was released after three games in 1938.[2]
  5. The Rams suspended operation during the 1943 season because of wartime restrictions and shortages.[2]
  6. Joe Stydahar resigned after one game in 1952.[2]
  7. Bob Waterfield resigned after eight games in 1962.[17]
  8. Mike Martz took medical leave after five games in 2005.[2]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "St. Louis Rams History: Chronology". Official Website of the St. Louis Rams. http://www.stlouisrams.com/History/Chronology/. Retrieved 2008-12-05.[dead link]
  3. Braunwart, Bob. "All Those A.F.L.'S: N.F.L Competitors, 1935-41". Professional Football Researchers Association. Archived from the original on 2007-10-18. http://web.archive.org/web/20071018075556/http://footballresearch.com/articles/frpage.cfm?topic=afl35-41. Retrieved 2006-11-13. "In 1937 the N.F.L. admitted the Cleveland Rams. Four of the players (according to Treat) were the same."
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  6. "Art Lewis". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/LewiAr0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
  7. "Dutch Clark". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/ClarDu0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
  8. "Aldo Donelli". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/DoneAl0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  9. "Player Bio: Adam Walsh". University of Notre Dame. http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/walsh_adam00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
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  11. "Bob Snyder". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/SnydBo0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
  12. "Clark Shaughnessy". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/ShauCl0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  13. "Joe Stydahar". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/StydJo0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
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  15. "Hampton Pool". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/PoolHa0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
  16. "Sid Gillman". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/GillSi0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
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  18. "Bob Waterfield". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/WateBo0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
  19. "Harland Svare". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/SvarHa0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
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  21. "George Allen". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/history/release.jsp?release_id=507. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  22. "George Allen". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/AlleGe0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  23. "Tommy Prothro". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/ProtTo0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Sohn, Matt (2008-01-15). "In wake of ‘Spygate,’ Belichick steamrolled the competition". Pro Football Weekly. http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/Features/NFL+Features/2007/awardscoach.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  25. "Knox Voted Top Coach Wins UPI Award for Second Straight Year". Philadelphia Inquirer. 1987-12-26.
  26. 26.0 26.1 "Chuck Knox". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/KnoxCh0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  27. "Ray Malavasi". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/MalaRa0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  28. "John Robinson". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/RobiJo0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  29. "Rich Brooks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/BrooRi0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  30. "Maxwell Football Club - Professional Coach of the Year". Maxwell Football Club. http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/neale/2003/bio_vermeil.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  31. "Dick Vermeil". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/VermDi0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  32. "Mike Martz". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/MartMi0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  33. "Joe Vitt Records, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/VittJo0.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
  34. "Scott Linehan". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/LineSc0.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  35. "Jim Haslett". Chicago Tribune. 2008-09-29. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/chi-jim-haslett-080929-ht,0,6804446.story. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
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