St. Louis Rams' General Manager Search Heats Up

By Anthony Blake

As the St. Louis Rams still await word from Jeff Fisher as to whether or not he will be taking the reigns as the club’s head coach, the franchise is in search mode for a new general manager.

On Tuesday the team interviewed two candidates for the vacancy at GM with Tennessee Titans’ vice president of football operations Lake Dawson showing up at 11AM. Following a meeting of more than four hours with upper management in the organization, Atlanta Falcons’ director of player personnel Les Snead arrived and was greeted by vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff in St. Louis.

With these two interviews now in the books, the Rams have spoken with three potential men to take over for the recently fired Billy Devaney. Philadelphia Eagles’ director of player personnel Ran Grigson met with team officials on Monday. Grigson was a scout with the Rams from 1999-2003 and is considered a hot commodity around the league as the Indianapolis Colts scheduled to have him in for a second look. He may not be available for long which might be why the Rams decided to move on to other possible applicants.

Sources around the league say that Arizona Cardinals’ director of player personnel Steve Keim is expected to meet with the Rams in the near future.

These meetings that have occurred along with those expected to take place brings the Rams total number of candidates to nine for the GM position. The other viable names on the list are Joey Clinkscales, vice president of college scouting for the New York Jets; Brian Gaine, director of player personnel with the Miami Dolphins; Tom Telesco, director of player personnel for the Indianapolis Colts; and Ruston Webster, the Tennessee Titans’ vice president of player personnel.

The longer Fisher keeps the Rams in limbo, the less likely it seems he will be getting a hand-picked general manager should he decide to join the team. There is a laundry list of team activities involving personnel decisions looming on the near horizon so it’s a definite positive that the club is being pro-active in its search.

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