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St. Louis Rams fire Coach Scott Linehan

St. Louis Rams fire Coach Scott Linehan
St. Louis Rams head football coach Scott Linehan runs off the field as the first half comes to an end against the San Diego Chargers at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 16, 2008. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt) | License Photo

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Scott Linehan has been fired by the St. Louis Rams after an 0-4 start to the 2008 season and 11-25 mark in just more than two seasons as the NFL team's coach.

Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom issued a statement Monday confirming Linehan had been let go and would be replaced by defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Haslett was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, building a 45-51 record from 2000-2005.

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"I have enormous respect for Scott Linehan as a person and believe under the right circumstances he will be regarded one day as a fine head coach," Rosenbloom said. "Unfortunately, the situation with the Rams as they exist today is no longer acceptable and we have to make a change."

The Rams have lost eight consecutive games going to last season and 17 of their last 20 contests, including Sunday's 31-14 home loss to Buffalo. St. Louis has a bye this week.

Linehan had no head coaching experience when he was hired by the Rams in early 2006. St. Louis was 8-8 in his first season but 3-13 in 2007.

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