After a rough season in 2016, going 4-12 in their first season back on the West Coast, Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and COO Kevin Demoff decided that changes within the organization needed to be made.
Head coach Jeff Fisher was a casualty of that, as he was fired 14 weeks into the season, despite reportedly signing a contract extension before the start of the season.
Many thought that general manager Les Snead would be the next to go, as he has made some questionable decisions in his time with the Rams, but it appears that is not going to be the case.
According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News, Snead will retain his position as general manager:
Can confirm that #Rams GM Les Snead will retain his position with the club
— Vincent Bonsignore (@DailyNewsVinny) January 12, 2017
The most recent questionable move that Snead made was before the draft last year when he traded two first rounds picks, two second round picks and two third round picks to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for the top overall pick in last year’s draft, in addition to a fourth and sixth round pick.
Snead selected Goff with the top pick, and Goff’s first season with the Rams did not yield the results that Snead had hoped.
While it is too soon to tell if Goff will be a bust, mortgaging the future to take an unproven quarterback has many people scratching their heads.
Snead has made some solid draft picks since becoming the GM of the Rams in 2012, as he drafted Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley in the first round in back-to-back years and both went on to with NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
Most recently Snead was involving in the hiring of the Rams new head coach, Sean McVay. The former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator became the youngest head coach in NFL history as he turns 31 on Jan. 24.