Jeff Fisher, right, poses with team owner Stan Kroenke at a news conference where Fisher was officially introduced as the new head football coach of the St. Louis Rams NFL team, in St. Louis, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long hangs his head during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in St. Louis. The 49ers won 34-27. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson stands in the bench area during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
(FootballStL) -- After years and years of terrible, terrible, border line unwatchable football, the Rams organization appears to be putting the right pieces together to turn this dilapidated franchise around.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you I know Les Snead, but from the people I’ve talked to, and from what I’ve researched I think Snead will be a great fit in St. Louis. One of the things I enjoyed most about the hire is that the Rams didn’t pull the trigger on selecting a new general manager right after firing Billy Devaney. The Rams know the losing must stop EXTREMELY soon, so when it took them several weeks to make a decision on their new GM, it told me they did their homework plus some.
During his press conference, Snead said all the right things. My favorite quote was when someone asked him what it meant to be named the general manager.
“Personally, it’s a dream come true. I can tell a quick story. I grew up in a small town in Alabama. I used to skip school back when the draft was held on a week day on a Monday and I would skip school to watch the draft. So personally to go from let’s call it, seventh, eighth grade skipping school to watch the draft, to be sitting in this chair, to be a steward of this organization, to partner with Kevin and Jeff, that’s a personal goal that is I guess one of 32. So what it means to me from a professional is after spending 16 years in the NFL, with that experience, I’m ready to come start the process with Jeff to begin building this thing back to where it was. So from that standpoint, that’s what it means,” Snead said.
After reading his answer, you can tell he’s a guy who’s passionate about his job and that didn’t start during his early 20’s. This is a guy who knows the business and knows talent (Michael Turner acquisition). However, he can say all the right things, but even he understands it’s all about results.
“I think we are not far away at all. Now I will say this, I don’t think I need to sit up here and talk about it. I think we need to start making very sound, very superior decisions and we’ll stack those and I think that will lead to success. I would rather not talk about it, just show you,” said Snead.
So what will the Rams show us in the future, well it starts with what they’ll do with this year’s second overall pick in the draft. The problem with the draft is you can be the smartest football coach or executive in the world, work 16 hours a day researching, talking to people, and watching film on college players, but sometimes those 20-something-year olds just don’t pan out; sometimes they’re complete busts.
Other times, those ‘can’t miss players’ live up to the hype. I’ve always thought the NFL draft is some what of a crap shoot. But one things for sure, the Rams need a strong draft, and luckily for them they have the second overall pick. Should they trade it for more picks? Should they grab Oklahoma State standout Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon? Would you like to see the Rams improve the offensive line by selecting USC’s O-tackle Matt Kalil? I say you go after Blackmon. For years now, a consistent, down field threat has been missing on the Rams’ roster. Sam Bradford needs an explosive player and Justin Blackmon could be that guy. I say ‘could,’ because in a draft, who knows how the players will turn out; let’s hope the Rams new General Manager Les Snead has a crystal ball.