This is not a thread about who the new GM should be. I've already gone on record as saying I want Reese.
The bigger question is if Shaw is leaning toward getting one, shouldn't he do it ASAP. BY bringing someone in very soon, you allow the new GM to get a handle on evaluating the current roster. Who needs to be resigned and who needs to be let go. Furthermore, the combine is in February and FA begins in late February or early March.
The new GM needs to have time to build his structure or game plan prior to these events. Now Shaw may be waiting to see if he will have a new HC, but does that really matter. He mentioned that either the current or new HC will no longer have final say in draft decisions. So then why wait on a coaching decision?
The only reason to wait is if he has a current GM in mind. A successful GM will probably not leave unless the Rams offered him a lot more money, which I doubt.
Get a guy in soon that can establish a structure with Sofitil and the current scouting department. Don't bring somebody in at the final moment and then have him have to make rush decisions to get up to speed.
If Shaw is serious about this, a new GM should be hired within the next month.