Les Snead Has Made Some Solid Moves As Rams General Manager
Although the overall team record doesn’t show it, Les Snead has created a roster with quality players year after year. The problem was Jeff Fisher’s lack of discipline with his players, that led talented players to not work on the fundamentals. This was evident every season, receivers dropping easy passes, corners getting burned for big plays, or my favorite penalties! A talented roster that needed more discipline. Not one of Snead’s teams has finished with a record of .500 or better. Owner Stan Kroenke may be looking for a change of scenery if this continues.
Snead’s Previous Moves
Snead started his tenure off with a big move. Trading down four spots with the Washington Redskins for 3 first round draft picks. Drafting Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald, players who had a risk factor, but also served as a big reward. Snead took a gamble and so far it has paid off. Snead has created a defense that has under performed but has the potential to be elite. The offense has potential but has not been coached properly. He can’t coach the team, however if McVay can’t create a contender with this roster, Snead may be on the hot seat.
The Signing Of Whitworth
Snead knows his job is on the line now. He went and hired an opposite of Jeff Fisher. An offensive minded coach in Sean McVay is just what this team needed. The signing of Andrew Whitworth from Cincinnati may have saved Les Snead’s job. He provides stability at the position the Rams have been craving for since the departure of Orlando Pace. Whitworth also provides the leadership for this young offense. An overall solid move.
Why Is This So Important
Snead has made his career of of banking off risky players. This signing showed that he is betting on solid picks that will perform on the field. Whitworth will provide a security blanket for Jared Goff. Goff was torn apart in the backfield in the seven games he played in. Knowing that his back is covered, he will be able to play with more confidence. This should ignite the offense and hopefully they will be able to average more than 13 points a game.
The main factor is Whitworth’s health. Lets just say that he doesn’t. This could be the best signing of the entire off-season. Snead better hope that Whitworth works out. Or he may be looking for employment elsewhere at the end of the season.
Andrew Parks is the Lead Writer for Los Angeles Rams for Pro Football Spot. To see more articles about the Los Angeles Rams click HERE