Kartje: After narrowly keeping his job, pressure to improve falls on Rams GM Les Snead
By Ryan Kartje
IRVINE — On Dec. 12, as Kevin Demoff called a news conference to explain the Rams’ reasons for firing Jeff Fisher, Les Snead continued on with his duties as general manager, coordinating the Rams draft meetings, crafting the draft board, envisioning a future for a team that wasn’t sure it wanted a future with him.
That day, as questions turned to his general manager, Demoff was frank. Everyone would be under the microscope. Snead, included.
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“I think it would be a mistake right now to say we’re satisfied with where we’re at on a personnel side and to ensure that Les would be back,” said Demoff, the Rams’ executive vice president of football operations.
But there he was on Thursday, back for the start of his sixth training camp with the Rams, exalting the Rams’ new coach, praising new players, ushering in a new era with his familiar Southern drawl. Seven months after his future was in doubt, Snead was on the field in Irvine looking forward, the turmoil of last winter firmly in the rear-view.
The mood around the Rams has been particularly sunny these last six months, as enthusiasm abounds for Fisher’s 31-year-old replacement and the all-star staff he assembled. Snead and Sean McVay have been downright bromantic at times during that stretch, their relationship so far a far cry from the flagrant […]