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Les Snead Hired As Rams GM

After interviewing 10 different candidates over the course of several weeks, the St. Louis Rams have hired Les Snead as their new general manager. Snead previously worked for 13 seasons in the player personnel department of the Atlanta Falcons and spent the last three years as the director of player personnel. He helped to sign or draft 16 different players that went on to earn Pro Bowl honors, and he will replace former Rams GM Billy Devaney, who was fired after a disastrous 2-14 season and a 10-38 record in three seasons.

Snead will immediately take over all aspects of the the football operations in St. Louis, and Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations/C.O.O. Kevin Demoff had this to say about the hiring to the team website:

"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."

quotes via Nick Wagoner of

An introductory press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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