After a long process that involved nearly a dozen interviews and 10 candidates, the Rams’ new general manager is actually one of the original candidates.
The team announced Monday that Les Snead has been named general manager after 13 seasons in the personnel department of the Atlanta Falcons.
Snead will step in immediately as the replacement for Billy Devaney and he will jump right into what figures to be a busy offseason for the Rams.
“Les Snead is a rising personnel star whose passion for scouting and innovation differentiated him throughout the search process,” Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations/C.O.O. Kevin Demoff said. “His vision for making the Rams a sustained winner resonated with our entire organization and the energy and leadership he brings to our building is infectious. He has spent 15 years preparing for this opportunity and we are confident he will deliver the results our organization and fans deserve.”
Snead will “direct all aspects of football operations and, working with Head Coach Jeff Fisher, will have final authority over all personnel decisions related to the signing of free agents, the selection of players in the NFL Draft, trades, terminations, and related decisions.”
Snead will also coordinate other football-related activities with the head coach. Snead is considered one of the league’s brightest young personnel minds and brings with him a wealth of experience in all facets of talent evaluation.
Before coming to St. Louis, Snead was the main sounding board for widely respected Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and in charge of all scouting endeavors on both the pro and college sides for the past three years.
Following a solid college career as a tight end at Auburn, Snead soon jumped into personnel, serving as a part of the pro scouting department in Jacksonville from 1995-97.
Snead moved on from the Jaguars to the Falcons soon after the 1997 season and had been in Atlanta since. His role there also included the tasks of evaluating the current Falcons roster as well as working on player values to help with appropriate spending in free agency.
During his time in Atlanta, Snead was part of a personnel staff that signed or drafted 16 players that went on to earn Pro Bowl honors. Snead helped construct a roster that has been one of the NFL’s best over the last few years.
From 2008-11, the Falcons won 43 games, fifth most in the NFL over that period. Atlanta earned playoff berths in each of the past two seasons, including a 2010 NFC South Championship. The Falcons participated in one Super Bowl and two NFC Championship games during Snead’s tenure with the club.
A native of Eufaula, Ala., the 37-year old Snead has two children: son Logan and daughter Cannon.
Snead will be formally introduced in a news conference at 4 p.m. today.