The St. Louis Rams franchise has already undergone quite a makeover in the club’s power structure this offseason, but new general manager Les Snead who came over from the Atlanta Falcons has added a few more members to the Rams’ management team. These new additions follow Snead from Atlanta as pro scout Ran Carthon will become the Rams director of pro personnel while Falcons area scout Taylor Morton will join as director of college scouting.
While Carthon won’t technically be replacing anyone being that the Rams didn’t have a director of pro personnel last season, Morton will be taking over for John Mancini who has been retained by the club as the assistant director of college scouting. Overhauls like this generally occur in May following the NFL Draft as teams look to retool their front office in preparation for the coming year of scouting.
As for the credentials that each of these individuals boasts, Carthon is 31 and a former running back with Florida who played professionally for two years. Following his brief career, he returned to school to earn his degree before catching on with the Falcons in 2008 as a pro scout. He was responsible for scouting upcoming opponents as well as looking at potential free agents that the club may be interested in signing.
Morton was with the Falcons for a dozen years scouting mainly the southeast region. This designation is certainly lofty given the SEC’s propensity for producing pro-caliber players on a yearly basis. His additional should prove to be quite an asset for a team with plenty of ammunition in the upcoming drafts.
GM Snead still has some work to do with neither vice president of player personnel Mike Williams or scouts Russ Bolinger and Brandon Schwab being brought back by the team. Russ Snead (no relation to Les) is thought to be the lead candidate for Williams’ vacated gig as he worked in the front office during Jeff Fisher’s time with the Tennessee Titans.
Moves in the front office don’t produce the headlines that signings or draftees get, but they can be vitally important to a rebuilding franchise’s future success. These additions to the club will position them nicely to make a real push toward the top in the NFC West sooner rather than later.