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    Williams Named Pro Personnel Director

    Wednesday, February 4, 2009

    By Nick Wagoner
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    With his search for a head coach at a conclusion and about a week to settle in, Rams General Manager Billy Devaney put the finishing touches on another of his offseason priorities when the Rams made the re-birth of the pro personnel department official

    The Rams have officially added Mike Williams, last with San Francisco, as the team’s new Director of Pro Personnel.

    “Mike knows the players in the NFL and the players in our division,” Rams general manager Billy Devaney said. “He knows rosters from the bottom up and the top down and how players move on and off rosters in the off-season. He will fill an important role in this area.”

    Williams most recently held the title of assistant director of pro personnel for the *****, a job he’s had since 2005.

    The move has been a long time coming for a team that hasn’t had much semblance of a pro personnel department for a number of years. In fact, the last time the Rams had someone in Williams’ position was in 2000.

    Even as he set about the course to find a new head coach, Devaney mentioned that it was a goal to beef up a department that was quite slim.

    “I am anxious to do that,” Devaney said at the time. “That is a little bit down the road right now. We have some names. We are OK right now. That’s part of what pro scouts do. We just need to get some cross checkers in there to get a couple of opinions on these guys. For the time being we’re OK but eventually we need to upgrade especially the pro side, the pro scouting department. We need kind of an overhaul there.”

    After an approximate eight-year hiring freeze, Devaney finally got his man. Williams first visited with the Rams during the coaching search. It was clear then that he had a great shot to land the job but Devaney had the coaching search to wrap up before anything could become official with Williams.

    Williams is set to begin grinding away at this year’s free agent class on Friday, his first official day on the job.

    Among the duties that fall under the Williams umbrella are advance scouting of Rams’ opponents, bringing in street free agents for workouts during the season, watching and evaluating the Rams’ roster as well as other teams and monitoring potential free agents from every NFL roster.

    The Rams will not leave Williams to those tasks by himself, either. Former player Ray Agnew, who has been with the team in a variety of capacities since his playing days, just finished his second season as a pro scout and will serve as Williams’ right hand man.

    Devaney will also help in that area and Les Miller and Brandon Schwab are expected to be a part of the process as well.

    Williams comes to the Rams with a lengthy resume in personnel. He got his NFL start with San Francisco in 1999, volunteering in the team’s personnel department.

    Apparently, Williams made enough of an impression to stick as he signed on full time in 2000. Williams has been with the ***** ever since. Devaney first got to know Williams there, working with him for three years.

    Williams started his football career as a safety at Santa Clara (Calif.) College before moving into coaching in 1997. He coached linebackers at Southern Utah University that year before becoming defensive coordinator at De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif. the next year.


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    Re: Williams Named Pro Personnel Director

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    Wednesday, February 4, 2009

    By Nick Wagoner
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    The Rams have officially added Mike Williams, last with San Francisco, as the team’s new Director of Pro Personnel.

    The move has been a long time coming for a team that hasn’t had much semblance of a pro personnel department for a number of years. In fact, the last time the Rams had someone in Williams’ position was in 2000.
    What's up with not having this position filled since 2000?

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    Re: Williams Named Pro Personnel Director

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    What's up with not having this position filled since 2000?

    Two names: Shaw and Zygmunt
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