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    Shaw quits as Rams president

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Thursday, Dec. 25 2008
    Phase I of the Rams' front office restructuring became complete Christmas Eve
    when John Shaw relinquished his role as team president and Billy Devaney was
    promoted to general manager.

    Shaw has been retained by the club as senior advisor/owners' representative —
    in other words, a consultant to team owners Chip Rosenbloom, Lucia Rodriguez
    and Stan Kroenke.

    "I won't really be involved in the day-to-day operation of the team," Shaw told
    the Post-Dispatch. "Football decisions will be made by football people. I will
    have less hands-on involvement."

    But make no mistake, Shaw isn't retiring to an island in the South Pacific.

    Shaw will help Rosenbloom and Rodriguez get through the estate tax issues they
    have faced since inheriting the team from their late mother, Georgia Frontiere.
    He will represent the Rams in league matters, duties that will include
    attending league owners meetings.

    He will help ownership in further restructuring of the front office — be it on
    the business side, marketing, and whether or not the team decides to hire a new
    team president. But Shaw said those front office changes aren't pressing needs
    at the moment.

    In addition, Shaw is expected to sit in on the final interview — or interviews
    — with head-coaching candidates as the club looks for a permanent replacement
    for Scott Linehan. Although the potential sale of the team is a dead issue
    right now, if and when that changes, Shaw will be the point man for the sale of
    the franchise.

    "I don't see this as a case where the light switch goes from 'off' to 'on,' "
    Shaw said, describing his reduced role. "This is more like a dimmer. There's no
    doubt I'll spend a significant amount of time on Rams matters in the next year
    or two."

    Shaw added: "As long as Chip, Lucia, and Stan own the club, I will have an
    involvement."

    Nonetheless, it is a dramatically different role from the title of team
    president that Shaw, 57, has held since 1994. For years, he has been regarded
    as one of the most powerful club presidents in the NFL.

    In 1995, he orchestrated the move of the Rams from Los Angeles to St. Louis,
    against league wishes, opening the floodgates for a second wave of franchise
    relocations. Within a few years of the Rams' move, the Raiders moved back to
    Oakland (from L.A.); Art Modell moved his franchise from Cleveland to
    Baltimore, where they became the Ravens; and Houston moved to Tennessee and
    became the Titans.

    Those relocations spurred an unprecedented boom in new stadium construction and
    stadium renovations throughout the NFL as cities tried to make sure their
    franchise didn't leave town.

    "It was quite a remarkable thing to move a team and play in two Super Bowls,"
    Shaw said. "It really was a dream come true. Winning the championship and
    moving the team was such a great accomplishment for us."

    Some of Shaw's fondest memories during the 1999 Super Bowl championship run
    were ending the team's 17-game losing streak against San Francisco in Game 4.
    And the atmosphere and outcome of the first home playoff game in St. Louis pro
    football history — a 49-37 triumph over Minnesota at what was then called the
    Trans World Dome.

    "I'm the biggest Rams fan in the country," said Shaw, who has been with the
    team for 29 seasons.

    With Frontiere's death last January, Shaw began feeling that it might be time
    to change the face of the organization. And even before then he has
    contemplated stepping aside for years.

    "You get stuck in that spot where instinct tells you it's time to change, but
    commitment and loyalty keeps you there," he said. "I've been blessed with an
    ownership group that has been extremely supportive of me. It's really me that
    feels that a transition needs to take place in terms of new faces and new
    energy."

    On Monday, Shaw's longtime friend and fellow Rams executive, Jay Zgymunt,
    stepped down as president of football operations-general manager.

    "I think it's just remarkable that Jay and I were in the same franchise for
    roughly three decades," Shaw said. "That doesn't happen very often. As you
    know, Jay was unbelievably committed to this franchise. But I think also, he
    felt that it was time for a change."

    Like Zygmunt on Monday, Shaw also told the Post-Dispatch that he accepts blame
    for the team's demise in 2007 and 2008.

    "You can't be a president of a team and not take some sense of responsibility,"
    Shaw said. "Of course, I feel responsible for some of the things that went
    wrong, and wish obviously that we'd had more success the last couple years. As
    you know, I personalize all of this stuff."

    As of Wednesday afternoon, the most high profile member of the Rams' front
    office suddenly is Devaney, hired just last February as the team's executive
    vice president for player personnel. Devaney's new title solidifies and
    fortifies his position as the Rams' head of player personnel, whether it be
    acquisitions via the draft, free agency or trades.

    "There's a lot of emotions involved," Devaney said Wednesday. "I'm completely
    honored that they would even consider me. I'm excited. I can't wait to get
    going and help get this organization on track. I'm humbled — all of those
    things right now. But more than anything I'm really anxious to get going."

    On the immediate horizon, Devaney will lead the search for a new head coach for
    2009 and beyond, a task that begins as soon as the Rams complete their regular
    season with Sunday's finale at Atlanta.

    Devaney, 53, said running a personnel department has been a career goal, as it
    is with most people who get into that part of the football business. But he
    said that was the furthest thing from his mind when he joined the Rams.

    "As you get older in this thing it's still a goal, but it's more important to
    be with people you enjoy working with and share a common goal with," he said.
    "In our short time here, we've come to really love the city."

    He said he senses that Rams fans, players and employees at Rams Park are hungry
    for success. "And determined to get there," he said.


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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    Shaw and Ziggy both out.......the return of the RAMS is official. It starts at the top.

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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    Quote Originally Posted by blood85 View Post
    Shaw and Ziggy both out.......the return of the RAMS is official. It starts at the top.
    very true, Shaw still has more say than I would like him to have but he is gone from the day to day and that is good.

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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    Man...what a freaking christmas!!!

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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    I wish they would do all the fans a favor and get rid of him altogether. I did not like his description of dimming out of things and still being involved the next two years. No other franchise leaves guys like him in place for three decades. Especially when they have a history of running teams into the ground.

    1990's Record:
    58-102

    2000's Record:
    70-73 (soon to be 74) this includes going 24-8 in 2000-2001. Since 2002 46-65.

    Last two decades:
    128-175

    This is a business right get rid of the under performers altogether. Get Shaw as far away from a football franchise as you can get him he has no business anywhere near a team.
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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsSB99 View Post
    I wish they would do all the fans a favor and get rid of him altogether. I did not like his description of dimming out of things and still being involved the next two years. No other franchise leaves guys like him in place for three decades. Especially when they have a history of running teams into the ground.

    1990's Record:
    58-102

    2000's Record:
    70-73 (soon to be 74) this includes going 24-8 in 2000-2001. Since 2002 46-65.

    Last two decades:
    128-175

    This is a business right get rid of the under performers altogether. Get Shaw as far away from a football franchise as you can get him he has no business anywhere near a team.
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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    Ditto! Great post. Shaw has an ego. He made sure to pretend that him stepping down was his idea., I find that ammusing to to say the least.

    I don't like hearing about him being in meetings and all that. He should have no say over the football operations at all.

    Deal with Chip's Taxes, and leave football alone.

    Anyone of us on this board could run the team better than you have. Oh well, you are friends with Chip, .........nice of you to let us know what we already knew.

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsSB99 View Post
    I wish they would do all the fans a favor and get rid of him altogether. I did not like his description of dimming out of things and still being involved the next two years. No other franchise leaves guys like him in place for three decades. Especially when they have a history of running teams into the ground.

    1990's Record:
    58-102

    2000's Record:
    70-73 (soon to be 74) this includes going 24-8 in 2000-2001. Since 2002 46-65.

    Last two decades:
    128-175

    This is a business right get rid of the under performers altogether. Get Shaw as far away from a football franchise as you can get him he has no business anywhere near a team.
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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    This is a great Christmas! Go Rams in 09!

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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    It was long in coming. And it scary in its own way. My mind keeps thinking of Detroit and their management woes

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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    Even if it is a "scary" situation, changes have to happen somewhere,....the players and coaches are next. People have to be held accountable for the Rams' Demise. They should be scared, really scared. Jobs are on the line.

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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    It truly was remarkable that we had Shaw and Zygmunt for as long as we did.

    Three decades are a remarkable tenure, especially when you consider that at least two-thirds of that time could be considered an abject failure.

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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Pang View Post
    It truly was remarkable that we had Shaw and Zygmunt for as long as we did.

    Three decades are a remarkable tenure, especially when you consider that at least two-thirds of that time could be considered an abject failure.
    Nary a truer word was spoken on this board. Shaw has had our team on dimmer setting "LOW" for a long time.

    I also find it sadly ironic that Shaw's "expertise" is needed for the estate tax issues. Probably planned for that about as well as you did everything else,eh, Johnny Boy?

    Get thee behind us, Shavian twit.

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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    Amen!!! its time for the football people to do their thing.

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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    Quote Originally Posted by blood85 View Post
    Shaw and Ziggy both out.......the return of the RAMS is official. It starts at the top.

    Ah yes. The return to glory starts now!

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    Re: Shaw quits as Rams president

    In a word: Yippee!

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