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    Bernie stuff on Devaney

    Billy Devaney is in as the new GM as expected.

    The Rams also announced that John Shaw will give up his duties as team President and will be retained by the club as Senior Advisor and Owners’ Representative.

    What does Owners Rep mean?

    As I have been saying, the NFL wants Shaw working for the team in order to utilize him for upcoming CBA matters. That's why the Rams and the league want him to be able to sit in on league meetings; he can't do that unless he's working for a team.

    And as we have been saying all along, Shaw is a close family friend and Chip will seek his counsel on some matters. That is to be expected. Rosenbloom is a newbie.

    But Shaw won't be selecting or screening coaching candidates, and he won't have anything to do with the football side.

    -B


    More...

    The football side is the most crucial thing right now.

    Because they're about to start a coaching search.

    They'll deal with the Team President (of marketing, business) later on.

    -B


    I don't know why people are worried about marketing and business operations right now... they have people in place who can handle these things for the time being.

    This is all about:

    football
    change
    winning

    everything else is secondary.

    -B

    I know Devaney wants to bring in a pro personnel guy...

    who that may be, I have no idea.

    He likes the college scouts.

    Wants to beef up pro personnel.

    -B

    He likes Haslett, is not wedded to him, will look for a better coach, views Haslett as a fallback.

    -B


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    Re: Bernie stuff on Devaney

    This is turning out to be the best Christmas ever!

    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Rams president John Shaw resigned after 29 years with the franchise and Billy Devaney was promoted to general manager Wednesday.

    The two moves in a front office overhaul by a franchise that's been among the NFL's worst the last few seasons followed the resignation Monday of Jay Zygmunt as president of football operations. The Rams are 2-13 heading into Sunday's finale at Atlanta, and are 5-26 the last two seasons.

    Shaw will be retained as a senior advisor and owner's representative.

    Devaney, who has 23 years of NFL scouting experience, will be responsible for all player personnel decisions, including the draft, free agent acquisitions, trades and other transactions. He'll also head the search for a new head coach after the season.

    Jim Haslett, 2-9 after replacing Scott Linehan following an 0-4 start, is among the candidates.

    "I am very grateful to Rams ownership for giving me this opportunity to help return the team to an elite position in the National Football League," Devaney said in a statement. "This is an organization that has historically had a winning tradition, and it is our goal to get back to that level."

    Devaney is finishing his first season with the Rams after two years with the Atlanta Falcons as senior personnel executive in 2006 and assistant GM in 2007. During his career, Devaney has been associated with teams that went to three Super Bowls and 19 playoff games.

    "One of the best things that happened to the Rams during this difficult season was the hiring of Billy Devaney to our front office team," owner and chairman Chip Rosenbloom said in a statement. "We are very fortunate to have someone with Billy's character and intelligence taking control of the football side of this organization."

    In his new capacity, Shaw will advise and consult with ownership and represent the club on virtually all league matters, as well as other team affairs, the Rams said.

    Shaw, 57, is in his 29th season with the Rams, joining the team as controller and treasurer in 1980. He oversaw the move from Los Angeles to St. Louis in 1995 and helped produce the franchise's first Super Bowl championship after the 1999 season.

    "I've been blessed to have worked for one of the great NFL franchises the last 29 years and had the good fortune of working with two terrific owners, Georgia Frontiere and Stan Kroenke," Shaw said in a statement.

    Shaw remained based in Los Angeles long after the franchise cut ties to the West Coast. He stepped down after one season under Rosenbloom, who inherited the team along with his sister after Frontiere's death in January.

    Rosenbloom said Shaw was "like another son" to his mother and credited those two with fighting the NFL to move the team to St. Louis.

    "I would like every fan in St. Louis to know that without John Shaw there is no St. Louis Rams," Rosenbloom said. "He is one of the most important and influential executives in the modern NFL."

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    Re: Bernie stuff on Devaney

    "Rosenbloom said Shaw was "like another son" to his mother and credited those two with fighting the NFL to move the team to St. Louis."

    "I would like every fan in St. Louis to know that without John Shaw there is no St. Louis Rams," Rosenbloom said. "He is one of the most important and influential executives in the modern NFL."

    Oh we fans from LA know, we certainly know John!!!
    "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

    Jack Youngblood

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    Re: Bernie stuff on Devaney

    I don't normally want to start threads but this stuff is biblic. Zigmunt, now Shaw is out of the FOOTBALL picture, and they are moving along with Denavey is the man to make decisons.

    Merry Christmas to me and all Rams fans from where ever they reside !!!

    Let's go 2009 St. Louis Rams !!!!!!

    Maineram -

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    Re: Bernie stuff on Devaney

    I think the title should be changed so people who may not know, will know about Shaw.

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