The verdict is in and former Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Les Snead became new St. Louis Rams’ General Manager this past weekend. Nine candidates were in the running to replace former GM Billy Devaney in St. Louis and ultimately Snead fit what the team was looking for moving forward.
It has been reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that in the earliest stages of both the coaching and GM search Snead asked: “Do you think you can get Jeff Fisher? That’s a guy I want to work for. That’s the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Now that ‘the opportunity of a lifetime’ has arrived, what kind of prowess will Snead bring with him to the Rams as their new GM? The organization is confident that he and Fisher will meld together well and according to Rams VP of football operations, Kevin Demoff: “This is someone who has put in the hours to become an expert in the personnel field,” Demoff said. “He started out as a pro scout; he worked his way to being a college scout in past years. He’s got a very diverse skill set, and that was something we were looking for ideally. … We think with him and Jeff (Fisher) running our football operations, we have a chance for sustained success.”
Snead’s rise to prominence in the NFL started small in the mid-nineties with Tom Coughlin as a scout with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995-1997. In 1998 he joined the Falcons and has remained with the team moving up the food chain from scout to director of pro personnel and most recently to director of player personnel where he took on a number of more challenging responsibilities.
The Rams believe that this wealth of experience has landed them the perfect catch in the GM role and if his track record with Atlanta is any indication, they may be spot on in that assessment.