"It's amazing how easily it all could have gone the other way, and this would be a totally different meeting at the end of the year," Long said. "And maybe we are still playing. It's a fine line between being good and bad in the NFL, and we've learned that over the past couple of years here."
Players said Spagnuolo took the high road in a meeting Monday morning.
"Coach addressed the team this morning to let us know that he was terminated, and he was sorry, especially for the guys that have been here the entire three years he was coach, that he didn't get the job done," running back Steven Jackson said. "He took full responsibility."
"I want to thank so many people for my time here in St. Louis," Devaney said. "While certainly disappointed in our record, I wouldn't trade that time for anything. This is truly a special place."
"Contrary to what's been written over the past few weeks, there are not any leading candidates," Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said Monday. "We have not spoken with any candidates. We wanted to make sure until there was a final decision on whether we were going to be making a change -- which was made last night -- that we weren't going to contact anybody. ... That's not to say we're not prepared to move forward in an expeditious manner, but we will get it right."
The Associated Press contributed to this report