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Rams G.M. Les Snead: Rebuilding is going according to plan

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Coming off a 2-14 season, the St. Louis Rams headed into this offseason thinking they needed a lot of help at a lot of positions. By that score, the Rams believe they’ve taken the correct first steps in their rebuilding effort.

Rams General Manager Les Snead told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that while getting high-quality players is obviously important, the team’s primary goal was to get quantity in the draft. And that’s what the Rams did.

“The goal was, ‘Let’s get multiple picks so we can get multiple players to go with our free-agent crop,” Snead said. “And I think we accomplished that.”

Trading down from the second overall pick to the sixth got the Rams a bounty of picks from the Redskins, and then trading down from sixth to 14th got the Rams an extra second-round pick from the Cowboys. Snead says adding depth was the goal for a team that, realistically, is going to take some time to get into contention.

“From the time we got here, progress has been made,” Snead said. “There’s no doubt about that. So we’re happy where we’re at. We don’t want to wait till 2014 [to turn it around]. But what we do want to do is be improving, be competing, be thriving — where people can feel the momentum. And then you keep adding parts. Keep jelling as a team.”

The Rams are a team that needs a lot of work, but Snead says the work is going according to plan.

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19 Responses to “Rams G.M. Les Snead: Rebuilding is going according to plan”
  1. schmitty2 says: May 21, 2012 12:09 PM

    Should be a definite improvement on defense. The offensive line had got to improve or they will be averaging 11 poiints per game again

  2. joetoronto says: May 21, 2012 12:10 PM

    It’s too bad the way the Rams started last season, nothing went right.

    I look for them to make some noise this year.

  3. skito13 says: May 21, 2012 12:18 PM

    It’s refreshing to see immediate progress in adding to a decent young core group of players. NEW atti TUDE”

  4. j0esixpack says: May 21, 2012 12:19 PM

    The Rams need Less Snead and more quality players.

    (OK – that was a cheap shot – Snead’s probably a good and capable guy – every NFL draftee and free agent is a crap shoot – I just couldn’t resist the pun.

    And actually going for volume – especially on draftees – by trading back was probably a wise move… get as many young players in camp and let them fight it out.)

  5. skito13 says: May 21, 2012 12:23 PM

    It’s refreshing to see immediate progress in adding to a decent young core group of players. NEW atti ” TUDE”. Whiners had their one in ten year experience, Rams win the West… This year….

  6. mesta1 says: May 21, 2012 12:32 PM

    Its not rebuilding if you have to do it every year

  7. thermalito says: May 21, 2012 12:41 PM

    This is good news. Hopefully the team will be competitive by the time the Rams are back in LA next year.

  8. rabidmike says: May 21, 2012 12:43 PM

    Depth.? If the starters arent any good, what good is depth behind them?

  9. 4evrnyt says: May 21, 2012 1:04 PM

    What’s he supposed to say; “Well we had a plan but we haven’t done a very good job of executing it so far and I’m hoping that it all works out.”

    Have you ever heard a coach or GM say their plan isn’t working?

  10. sterilizecromartie says: May 21, 2012 1:15 PM

    I think Les skipped Step One in his rebuilding plan… Get Sam Bradford some help at WR.

    (Editors Note): Brian Quick does not qualify as “help”.

  11. thermalito says: May 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    The Rams in St. Louis are irrelevant whether they are winning or losing. The team needs to be back in LA where they belong.

  12. schmitty2 says: May 21, 2012 1:35 PM

    thermalito says:May 21, 2012 12:41 PM

    This is good news. Hopefully the team will be competitive by the time the Rams are back in LA next year.

    You must know a construction company that can build a new stadium in one year. Moron!

  13. NoHomeTeam says: May 21, 2012 2:14 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    thermalito says:May 21, 2012 12:41 PM
    . This is good news. Hopefully the team will be competitive by the time the Rams are back in LA next year.

    You must know a construction company that can build a new stadium in one year. Moron! ”

    Yeah, Thermal’s timeline is more than little unrealistic. Personally, I’m hoping that the Rams take a couple more years — say 2015 — “[to turn it around]”

    That way, we’ve got a halfway decent team that plays in the Rose Bowl for a season while the final touches are being put on the downtown stadium.

  14. nflofficeadmin says: May 21, 2012 3:09 PM

    Les gets so much strange its ridiculous.

  15. drew1969 says: May 21, 2012 6:32 PM

    The rams are staying in st.louis.Oh,Im sorry,thats too “easy”of a statement to make,yet accurate,for someone who actually LIVES in st.louis and knows that the city and the rams HAVE to decide by the end of the year,as per lease agreement,on how to pay for upgrades to the edward jones dome.Jesus,LA fans,get on with your life,and forget about the team that left,as I had to w/the football cardinals.

  16. thermalito says: May 21, 2012 10:47 PM

    The Rams have to decide nothing but the end of the year. The issue will go to arbitration and the team afterward will most likely buy out the remaining years of the lease and then go back to LA. There is no advantages for the team to stay in St. Louis. The stadium situation there is a mess, lukewarm fan interest and its a tiny market.

  17. thermalito says: May 21, 2012 11:23 PM

    For the clueless fake Rams fans in St. Louis, the team will most likely play in another venue such as the Rose Bowl or the LA Coliseum until Farmer Field is built.

  18. sooner712 says: May 22, 2012 12:11 AM

    Translated we know Fisher needs at least 14 years to turn things around.

  19. awhartstl says: May 22, 2012 10:53 AM

    We’re clueless fake fans now? Really? lol What does that say about LA fans, then? How exactly did a city with that many people manage to lose not one but two franchises? And now they ‘deserve’ to have another football team? Ok, buddy.

    As to the actual topic, I’m not a fan of their draft strategy at all. Moving down from #2 was the obvious right decision but everything after that wasn’t great imo. I liked the Jenkins pick but other than that, we’re getting more (on paper) average talent to compete with the average-to-below-average talent already on the roster. Hopefully there are some positive surprises in there to build around before the 2 first rounders next year.

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