Les Snead: St. Louis Rams Team Architect
After an encouraging 3-2 start, the St. Louis Rams have since fallen back to reality. Their three straight losses have many downtrodden of the team’s direction and wondering just how much progress they have really made.
That isn’t the case with General Manager Les Snead who was hired shortly after the franchise tagged Jeff Fisher as the new head coach back in January. Snead stockpiled a bounty of draft choices prior to the 2012 NFL Draft in the Robert Griffin III deal with the Washington Redskins and now the franchise is plotting out how to allocate those resources.
Scouting is vitally important to the NFL landscape and Snead has been working tirelessly with his staff to evaluate collegiate talent across the country this season in preparation for the draft process which is still months away. He said: “I definitely like to get out. That’s what I did as director of player personnel (in Atlanta). I can’t get out as much but I design my schedule where usually when we play away, that’s been when I’ve said, I’m gonna work my way to the game.”
This hands-on approach is encouraging for a Rams team that saw nothing of the sort under previous GM Billy Devaney. Snead believes that there is extra information to be gathered by actually attending games in person. The vibe surrounding the contest and the circumstances are just as important as the results themselves. If a player can’t produce when the pressure is on, that may raise a red flag that would unseen while just watching game film.
Snead’s main objective is to build this Rams franchise the right way and that will be through the draft with meticulous scouting and real grunt work. There’s no doubt this team is still a work in progress, but at least the foundation has been laid for a proper structure as they build their way to the top.
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