Rams GM Les Snead: Eagles showed you don’t win by playing scared

AP

Why did Rams General Manager Les Snead decide to make so many aggressive moves this offseason? In part because he watched how the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

Snead doesn’t just mean that he knew his team needed to get better to unseat the Eagles atop the NFC. He also means he admired the way the Eagles took chances last season, and he thinks that’s the way to get to the top in the NFL.

“I got a simple rule: You can’t be scared in this league,” Snead told Peter King. “Look at Doug Pederson this year and, it wasn’t reckless but it took courage and guess what? They won a Super Bowl on some of those fourth-down plays. So you try to do that as a general manager, but I also think, and this is long-winded answer, some of the analytics that you have now to really look at what historically draft picks bring you in reality over time.”

Snead wasn’t afraid this offseason to trade for Brandin Cooks, trade for Marcus Peters, trade for Aqib Talib and sign Ndamukong Suh, among other moves. Whether those moves allow the Rams to do in the 2018 season what the Eagles did in the 2017 season remains to be seen, but Snead is willing to take risks to find out.

72 responses to “Rams GM Les Snead: Eagles showed you don’t win by playing scared

  1. Rams and Eagles have a small window (2-3 years) to win championships. Once the rookie contracts for Goff and Wentz are up, it’s basically over. Each of them will ask for $25 million.

  2. I like his approach. You can’t go big like this often so let’s wait and see how it turns out for them. From what I see they are ready (on paper) to go on a run for the super bowl this year. Good luck to them.

  3. You can’t play scared, but you have to play smart. Time will tell how smart Snead is. It worked out for Howie and Pederson in Philly but will it work in Minnesota?

    Fine line between genius and fool.

  4. Tylaw – you beat me to it!! Winning with TD’s that we’re not really TD’s& an illegal formation that was allowed!!
    Where is that asterisk next to the ONE Super Bowl the Eagles won???? It should be there!!!

  5. The Eagles didn’t sign or trade for any flashy names in 2017. They built through the draft, re-signed their own guys and picked up players who were cast off or completed their contracts. Now 2018 is a different story. We’ll see if their moves result in a return trip or an implosion.

  6. The fact of the matter is besides the Patriots there are no longer dynasty’s , so when the say you have a 2 or 3 year window , what’s the problem with that? who has a 7 year window? The Saints? Packers? Steeler’s ?The answer is nobody, so I am glad we are being aggressive.

  7. tb12greatest says:
    April 9, 2018 at 9:09 am
    Rams and Eagles have a small window (2-3 years) to win championships. Once the rookie contracts for Goff and Wentz are up, it’s basically over. Each of them will ask for $25 million.

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    I’m an Eagles fan, but unfortunately, I WISH Wentz would only need $25m/year to sign. By the time the market is done being reset by Rodgers, Ryan, etc., the price tag will be closer to $35m/year 😦

  8. What does Snead know about winning? Litterally nothing in his past shows that he knows anything about winning. Snead isnt following the 2017 Eagles path to the Super-Bowl, he seems to be following the Eagles tried and fantastically failed “Dream-Team” approach !!!! Snead is going to come to regret trading away this years 1st and 2nd round picks and next years 2nd round pick, especially with his half roster due to get paid either this year or next year and they will need to replace older players, like their 40 year old LT in the very near future but dont have the draft capital to do so.

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 9:15 am
    It also helps to get 2 free TDs in a SB when it’s clear they were not legal plays.

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    let it go man. The Pats defense never showed up. And BB didn’t help by benching Butler….I don’t care what his reasons were. He did NOT put the team first as he preaches to others.

  10. Now Sneads a genius after one winning season in how many??? He lucked out that the coaches landed in his lap and saved his job…

  11. .
    The Rams win now strategy is a good plan since they have a young underpaid QB. After all, why wait? They also have a stadium to fill with PSL’s which are much easier to sell when you are a Super Bowl contender as opposed to an also ran.
    .

  12. LOL @ Pats fans tears. Love it. Don’t worry, in a few years when the Pats are back to being irrelevant (may take a little longer), there will be no Pats fans like before. Kinda funny for Pats fans bragging about cheating or getting the benefit of calls though. Irony is not lost on this bunch.

  13. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    April 9, 2018 at 9:21 am
    Tylaw – you beat me to it!! Winning with TD’s that we’re not really TD’s& an illegal formation that was allowed!!
    Where is that asterisk next to the ONE Super Bowl the Eagles won???? It should be there!!!

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    I don’t know about that, but I’ve never seen a SB team be gifted a TD before, save for maybe the Steelers in February of 2006.

    But, 2 incorrect calls, completely ignored to help one team over another? Unheard of in a Super Bowl.

    There is never controversy or a lot flags in a Super Bowl, but it’s a shame Goodell found a way to cheat in such a fashion. We knew it would come, we just didn’t know in what form.

    Nice game by the Eagles, but it’s hard to ignore a rule change during a Super Bowl to help them and completely ignoring such a basic rule in terms of formation, right in front of the ref standing right there.

  14. tylawspick6 says:

    April 9, 2018 at 9:15 am

    It also helps to get 2 free TDs in a SB when it’s clear they were not legal plays.

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    Your tears are delicious.

    The World Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

  15. nhpats says:
    April 9, 2018 at 9:42 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 9:15 am
    It also helps to get 2 free TDs in a SB when it’s clear they were not legal plays.

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    let it go man. The Pats defense never showed up. And BB didn’t help by benching Butler….I don’t care what his reasons were. He did NOT put the team first as he preaches to others.

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    I would ask Butler why he lost the faith of his coaches AND teammates. I like primary sources, not speculation and fake sources, thanks very much.

    Philly’s D was also subpar. It was a classic shootout. Big deal. I am sure it was entertaining for casual football fans, but Goodell got what he wanted. A high rating SB and 2 free TDs for Philly.

    We both know if James White was in the back of that end zone, jostling with the ball and had one foot down, it’s incomplete.

    I’ve let it go. I am well, well aware of what Goodell has been up to for over 10 years now. Unabashed cheating right in front of the NFL customer remains something they don’t care about how it actually looks.

    Gee, I wonder why overall ratings are dropping? The games aren’t fixed, they’re manipulated. That’s a fact.

  16. rams645 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 9:30 am
    The fact of the matter is besides the Patriots there are no longer dynasty’s , so when the say you have a 2 or 3 year window , what’s the problem with that? who has a 7 year window? The Saints? Packers? Steeler’s ?The answer is nobody, so I am glad we are being aggressive.
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    Belichick builds his teams so that they can compete for 10+ years. Does that mean losing a championship in the present? Yes, but if it means 3-4 championships down the line Bill will take that in a heart beat. Eagles and Rams will both have major cap problems with all the free agents they’ve signed. We are already seeing that effect on the Eagles this year. They sold their soul to the Devil.

  17. I’m looking forward to watching the Vikings beat the piss out of Foles on Sept. 6th.

    Everything went wrong for the Vikings that night and the better team clearly won.
    I wanna see the rematch though. Bring it on. I hope we ruin your banner ceremony

  18. xavier179 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 10:02 am
    You don’t lose when the opposing coach holds out a cornerback that played 98% of the regular season and both playoff games.

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    Yeah, his 103 rating against was really deserving os starting on top of cleaning out his locker, mouthing off to coaches all week, practicing like crap and then finally having a mental breakdown on the sidelines, clearly checking out of what he’s supposed to be doing. But, yeah, let’s somehow blame the coach for all of this.

    You people are just so smart.

    lmao

    God forbid BB try to protect the kid as he goes into FA, from outright embarrassment as to WHY he was benched.

    TRUST

  19. tylawspick6 says:

    April 9, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I’ve let it go. I am well, well aware of what Goodell has been up to for over 10 years now. Unabashed cheating right in front of the NFL customer remains something they don’t care about how it actually looks.

    Gee, I wonder why overall ratings are dropping? The games aren’t fixed, they’re manipulated. That’s a fact

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    It is clear an obvious to everyone that you haven’t let it go. First people to whine that theres an asterisk next to 2004, last people to admit that the linesman told Jeffery he was close enough to the LOS.

    You should listen to Elsa. Let it go…

  20. I sure hope Mike Zimmer is listening. I believe that Zimmer is too conservative and lets other teams stay in games that should be over. Also, the Vikings need to be more creative and aggressive on offense, defense and special teams. I can’t remember the last time the Vikings tried a fake punt and I watch them regularly. What Snead said is true because before the season started last year which one among you would have picked the Eagles to win it all, not me. I thought the Pats would win again and they got blasted. One of the other posters is correct, Belichick put his ego above his team when he didn’t play Butler, he should have given him a chance to make a difference. That is a great point nhpats. By the way who cares what the TEAM has to pay a MVP caliber qb, its not YOUR money and what other player should get the biggest bucks???

  21. Hope they have some leaders on the team cuz the guys they signed are not….team chemistry come into the acquisition process?

  22. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick immediately opened up post-game how they got beat, yet Patriots fans are crying. They must’ve been swimming in the waters of Lake Minnetonka during Super Bowl week (all 300 of them) because they’re getting as revisionist as a Vikings fan.

  23. Yes Philly fans you are the Super Bowl champions, BUT ( and it’s a BIG one) , you are only champions because the NFL gifted you 2 TD’s. Sucks to know your team only won because the NFL cheated.
    Not a legitimate win.

  24. Sure… you can’t be afraid, but you have to execute. Philly executed in the biggest moments. It’s more than just taking risks. You need reliable players, not just talented players, to make it happen.

    Taking chances and not executing also happens in the league all the time.

  25. So Philly fans imagine if the Pats beat you because 2 TD’s were allowed to stand that were not legitimately TD’s. And one was allowed despite the team being in an illegal formation. Betcha you would not be happy!

  26. learysdisciples says:
    April 9, 2018 at 10:29 am
    Pats fans still whining about the Super Bowl loss…it’s great.

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    What’s great is going to Super Bowls, almost annually right in the face of Cheater Goodell.

    We think it’s hilarious that you all want him to cheat and it still doesn’t really work.’

    lol

  27. Frazier28/7 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 10:18 am
    I’m looking forward to watching the Vikings beat the piss out of Foles on Sept. 6th.

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    Even if they do (and I don’t think they will), the Vikings will still choke come postseason because that IS what they do.

  28. I understand Patriot complaints about the first one but there’s no argument against the second. The guy was clearly a runner.

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    pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    April 9, 2018 at 10:30 am
    Yes Philly fans you are the Super Bowl champions, BUT ( and it’s a BIG one) , you are only champions because the NFL gifted you 2 TD’s. Sucks to know your team only won because the NFL cheated.
    Not a legitimate win.

  29. Are the beneficiaries of consistent cheating over almost 20 years of NFL football seriously on here CRYING and bitter that the much better team beat their squad? I have always just chalked up the Pats veiled cheating to Belichik just being a more driven to win coach than the rest, but cheating he did. I never cared though, good for him and his teams and Pats fans, I wish I would have had him for the Eagles for the past 20 years. However, that does then come up as massive hypocrisy when you stooges try to assert that two TDs which through no fault of the Eagles are some how marred. I didn’t hear you guys complain when Jesse James was robbed of a clear TD catch that would have lost you the one seed? Listen, just get past it, you got beat by a clearly better team who out coached and out played the Pats. Your bitterness is a on going joke to the whole Philly sports public, seriously we laugh at your constant crying about catches that were clearly TDs after all of the nefarious nonsense the Pats have pulled. You can blame Goodell all you want, get any on message boards (like those really sad Vikings fans who are even more pathetic) but the reality of the matter is that the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES are the Super Bowl champions and were clearly the best team in the NFL. We even beat you with our back up for Godsake! Carson would have annihilated your sad D. So take a deep breath, I am sure that you guys will still be good next year, with a 41 year old QB and a coach that probably is scheming up ways to cheat again.

  30. The NFL changed the catch rule in the middle of the game to help the eagles win…luckiest sb win in the hx of the nfl.

  31. “I would ask Butler why he lost the faith of his coaches AND teammates. I like primary sources, not speculation and fake sources, thanks very much.”
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    Well, you can’t do much better than Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel as primary sources. Doubtful they would have instantly signed Butler to join them with the Titans if the real story out of New England was that Butler was at fault. Absolutely everybody knows BB screwed up except for a small portion of Pats fans.

  32. Brandin Cooks has been on three teams in five years. If he’s really worth a first round draft pick, why does he keep getting traded? Marcus Peters was kicked off his team in college, and had multiple disciplinary issues with the Chiefs. He was such a head case they traded him despite having seven more interceptions than anyone in the league since 2015, the most passes defensed and the fifth lowest completion percentage against. Aqib Talib is such a knucklehead he shot himself in the leg. And Ndamukong Suh? He’s a dirty player that’s just a temper tantrum away from a suspension. Who knows? It could work.

  33. tb12greatest says:
    April 9, 2018 at 10:17 am
    rams645 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 9:30 am
    The fact of the matter is besides the Patriots there are no longer dynasty’s , so when the say you have a 2 or 3 year window , what’s the problem with that? who has a 7 year window? The Saints? Packers? Steeler’s ?The answer is nobody, so I am glad we are being aggressive.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    Belichick builds his teams so that they can compete for 10+ years. Does that mean losing a championship in the present? Yes, but if it means 3-4 championships down the line Bill will take that in a heart beat. Eagles and Rams will both have major cap problems with all the free agents they’ve signed. We are already seeing that effect on the Eagles this year. They sold their soul to the Devil.

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    Exactly.

  34. tylawspick6 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 10:47 am

    learysdisciples says:
    April 9, 2018 at 10:29 am
    Pats fans still whining about the Super Bowl loss…it’s great.

    0 1 Rate This
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    What’s great is going to Super Bowls, almost annually right in the face of Cheater Goodell.

    We think it’s hilarious that you all want him to cheat and it still doesn’t really work.’

    lol
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    A Pat’s fan calling Goodell a ‘cheater’? Is this guy serious? I love it. Gave me a laugh on a Monday morning. Everything that team has achieved has an asterisk beside it but sure dude – keep whining about how others ‘cheat’. Pats fans…smh.

  35. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    April 9, 2018 at 10:44 am
    So Philly fans imagine if the Pats beat you because 2 TD’s were allowed to stand that were not legitimately TD’s. And one was allowed despite the team being in an illegal formation. Betcha you would not be happy!

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    Of course they wouldn’t. As mentioned, both of those TDs would not be TDs if NE ran those plays.

    That’s just a fact.

  36. mogogo1 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 11:08 am
    “I would ask Butler why he lost the faith of his coaches AND teammates. I like primary sources, not speculation and fake sources, thanks very much.”
    ________________

    Well, you can’t do much better than Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel as primary sources. Doubtful they would have instantly signed Butler to join them with the Titans if the real story out of New England was that Butler was at fault. Absolutely everybody knows BB screwed up except for a small portion of Pats fans.

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    Talk to Patricia. They had ZERO interest in Malcolm Butler. That’s not an accident. Patricia was one who witnessed Butler and was VERY likely the guy who told Mike Giardi that it was “very difficult getting Butler ‘ready’ for a game all year”….

    Also, Mrs Adams has been demanding Robinson make splashes left and right to sell tickets in a crap market.

    They were in on Suh, too.

    Telling.

  37. haha they win one super bowl (mainly because the rest of the league sucked this year) and everyone wants to follow their “model” now. ok.

  38. Youknowimright says:

    Philadelphia eagles….luckiest sb win in the history of the nfl.
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    And the only Eagles sb win in the history of the nfl.

  39. The Eagles have also shown in the past that you don’t win by spending a bunch of money on high profile free agents with character issues either, so we will see what happens.

  40. tylawspick6 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 11:21 am
    pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    April 9, 2018 at 10:44 am
    So Philly fans imagine if the Pats beat you because 2 TD’s were allowed to stand that were not legitimately TD’s. And one was allowed despite the team being in an illegal formation. Betcha you would not be happy!

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    Of course they wouldn’t. As mentioned, both of those TDs would not be TDs if NE ran those plays.

    That’s just a fact.

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    These are the facts

    Alshon asked the line judge if he was okay where he was lined up. You can see this in the video. Line judge okayed him where he was at. Though he was in an illegal formation as close as he was it’s rarely called. But again since he got the approval there isn’t an issue.

    The ertz TD was clearly a TD as he became a runner with three steps and the a football move and once he broke the plane it was a touchdown regardless of what happened afterwards.

    The Clement TD is and always will be open for discussion. They determined the move of the football was by clement and he moved it for better security from being hit but always maintained possession. Whether you want to believe that or not it’s for debate.

    Why not bring up all of the non holding calls or the PI that weren’t called against the Pats? Thought so.

  41. Frazier28/7 says:
    April 9, 2018 at 10:18 am

    I’m looking forward to watching the Vikings beat the piss out of Foles on Sept. 6th.

    Everything went wrong for the Vikings that night and the better team clearly won.
    I wanna see the rematch though. Bring it on. I hope we ruin your banner ceremony

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    Brothah… We could lose that game 156-0 and it wouldn’t ruin that banner ceremony!

  42. to tylawspick6:
    I am a football coach and have been for over 25 years. If a player declares to a linesman that he is on the line and the linesman oks it, then he is on the line. You can clearly see on video Jeffrey check and the linesman nod and say something. I agree Jeffrey was not on the line by his alignment but the Linesman oked it therefore it is a LEGAL formation. Case closed.

    The TD by Clement in my opinion was not a TD. The ball was moving too much and therefore should have been deemed incomplete. Refs blew that one.

    The TD by Ertz was a simple open and shut case of he was a runner as soon as the third step took place and therefore the play is dead as soon as the ball crosses the goalline. Simple TD even by the old rules.

    I don’t get the crying by Patriots fans especially because they were the beneficiaries of two horrible blown calls on TD catches earlier in the year against the Steelers (Jesse James) and against the Jets (Jenkins), not to mention the Brandin Cooks TD catch against the Texans by NFL rules was not a catch.

    Also I have to mention that the Patriots were allowed to cheat for at least 5 straight years and when they were caught were slapped on the wrist and the commish destroyed the evidence.

    If you really want to put and asterik next to the Eagles superbowl then we need to put one on every Pats superbowl with the exception of 2017.

  43. Its a copy cat league but the copy cats usually don’t succeed like the original because they miss the nuances of the strategies. Unless it comes from someone directly from the tree.

  44. All I kee reading about is these 2 touchdowns given to the eagles… I remember one which was questionable but the the other where Wentz took 3-4 steps before lunging into the end zone it a TD in every catch rule past and present. Seriously stop the delusional complaining. You guys lost because you were not the better team!

  45. He’s not doing what philly did. Philly made calculated signings that outperformed expectations, this is splash signing after splash signing, as someone pointed out earlier, Dan Snyder type moves.

  46. Patriots and Vikings fans still in their feelings over the Super Bowl…in other words water is still wet.

    You’re grown men. Let it go.

  47. Actually Eagles look pretty good for the long term. NE window is actually closing because Brady is OLD and about done.

    tb12greatest says:

    April 9, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Rams and Eagles have a small window (2-3 years) to win championships. Once the rookie contracts for Goff and Wentz are up, it’s basically over. Each of them will ask for $25 million.

  48. So signing big names to short term contracts with big cap hits and giving up valuable draft picks for veteran players is avoiding playing scared? That’s not at all what the Eagles did. If you want a proper example, look at the Seahawks and how well that worked in the years after their SB win.

  49. Brothah… We could lose that game 156-0 and it wouldn’t ruin that banner ceremony!

    >>

    True. Congrats on the win, ya’ll earned it.

  50. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    April 9, 2018 at 10:44 am
    So Philly fans imagine if the Pats beat you because 2 TD’s were allowed to stand that were not legitimately TD’s. And one was allowed despite the team being in an illegal formation. Betcha you would not be happy!

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    The NFL seemingly changing the rules for the Super Bowl does bother me a bit, but I don’t think it impacted the game. It was called fairly to me and also called in a way that kept the flow of the game going.

    It stings, but not as bad as 2007 and 2011.

    Pretty amazing how pretty much every Patriot Super Bowl other than 2004 maybe came down to probably 1 or max 2 plays.

    Hail Marys for Brady in all 3 losses at the end too.

    Great drama despite being so painful.

  51. Rams and Eagles have a small window (2-3 years) to win championships. Once the rookie contracts for Goff and Wentz are up, it’s basically over. Each of them will ask for $25 million.
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    So teams with great QBs dont win SBs? Got it lol

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