January 17, 2012; St, Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams new head coach Jeff Fischer (center) speaks to the media as owner Stanley Kroenke (left) and vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff (right) look on during his first press conference at the Russell Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Les Snead Hired As Rams GM

The St. Louis Rams’ search for a GM is finally over. The team has reached an agreement with former Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Les Snead to replace Billy Devaney as the general manager in St. Louis. Snead has been with the Falcons since 1998 after a stint with the Jaguars, and he was on the Rams original list of candidates when it came out before the hiring of Jeff Fisher as head coach.

I have to admit that I was a little surprised to hear this news. Not because of Snead, because I’ve been hearing his name quite a bit during this search. It just caught me off-guard that this happened all of a sudden today. I thought this thing might get settled sometime next week, but apparently the organization had cut the list down to Snead and Minnesota’s George Paton before Paton accepted a promotion with the Vikings. With him off the table, the decision to go with Snead was pretty easy.

I like the hire, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this guy. He’s well-liked around the league, and he is well-respected by his peers. His name has been out there for a couple of years as a future GM, so I can’t wait to see what he can do. It’s no secret that Fisher had his say in this hire, and I’m willing to trust his judgement at this point. If Fisher thinks Snead is the right man for the job, then I’m on board. I’m just happy the position is filled so we can get things ready fo the upcoming combine.

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