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  • Rams extend McVay & Snead through 2023

    Adam Schefter
    @AdamSchefter

    Rams extended the contracts of HC Sean McVay and GM Les Snead through the 2023 season, as
    @LindseyThiry reported. Rams continue to solidify their future as they prepare to move into their new stadium.

    12:52 PM · Jul 26, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
    Not entirely surprising moves given the current success of the franchise, but certainly welcome news!


  • #2
    Sean McVay, Les Snead sign contract extensions
    Friday, Jul 26, 2019 10:45 AM
    Myles Simmons
    RAMS INSIDER

    The two men spearheading the Rams football operations are now slated to be around through 2023, as both general manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay have signed contract extensions.

    The two have been partners as GM and HC for two years, compiling a 24-8 regular-season record, and a 2-2 record in the postseason, becoming NFC Champions in the process.

    Snead has been the Rams’ general manager since the 2012 season, and has orchestrated the seventh-most trades in that time with 48 — last year notably acquiring cornerback Aqib Talib, cornerback Marcus Peters, and wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

    Six of Snead’s draft picks have become All-Pros, which is tied for the most selections since 2012. Snead also was instrumental in selecting defensive tackle Aaron Donald in 2014 and running back Todd Gurley in 2015. Both players won AP Defensive and Offensive rookie of the year, respectively, before bringing home the 2017 AP Defensive and Offensive Player of the Year awards.

    And of course, Los Angeles locked up both Gurley and Donald to long-term contracts last summer.

    After consecutive seasons of finishing at No. 32 in total offensive yards and a season of also finishing No. 32 in points, the Rams have made a remarkable offensive turnaround under McVay. The club finished No. 1 in scoring for the first time since 2001 in McVay’s first season, and followed that up by finishing No. 2 in both points and yards in 2018.

    Quarterback Jared Goff has also made great strides under McVay, throwing for 8,492 yards and 60 touchdowns in the last two regular seasons — becoming a Pro Bowler in both 2017 and 2018. Going into their third season together, McVay and Goff are now even more likely to be linked together for many years to come.

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    • #3
      So if McVay signed a 5 year contract 2 years ago, it sounds like this is just a one year extension for him
      I don't recall where Snead's contract was at.



      Edit: Ah, not to 2023, but through 2023. It may be a 2 year extension for McVay then

      Last edited by KoaKoi; -07-26-2019, 12:02 PM.

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      • #4
        This is a happy day for the Rams. Snead and McVay work very well together. They seem like brothers.
        “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”

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        • #5
          It is really something to see how high-functioning this franchise is right now. For so many years, we had the wrong ownership, wrong management, wrong coaches and wrong players. And now, under Kroenke's control, all pistons seem to be firing in time with each other. When we won the SB in 2000, it was like a bolt of magic lightening flashing in the darkness. We danced in that light for a few seasons, and then gradually faded back into the black depths of our prevailing disfunction. But now, it feels like we're in a whole new era and establishing an architecture that will enable us to contend long term. And, next season, we'll open Kroenke's LA palace in our updated uniforms: our grand re-opening.

          I sympathize with the St. Louis folks in their bitterness over how callously they were treated by the NFL and the Rams, and I understand their antipathy toward Kroenke. But from where I stand as a fan who's never lived in any Rams' home city, he's the best owner we've had since Carol Rosenbloom passed, and the transformation he has brought to this franchise is very impressive. It's a good time to be a Rams fan.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Seacone View Post
            ...
            ...


            ...he's the best owner we've had since Carol Rosenbloom passed ....

            fwiw, this seems like a weird way to phrase it, because there's only been one single owner between those two events.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by KoaKoi View Post


              fwiw, this seems like a weird way to phrase it, because there's only been one single owner between those two events.
              True. There were several permutations of the Frontiere ownership. Georgia as sole owner. Georgia with Kroenke as minority. Georgia's kids with Kroenke as minority. Then Kroenke as sole owner. But you're right. It just seems like such a long time between Rosenbloom in control and Kroenke in control, savvy controlling owners. Like 40 years. That's the point I meant to make.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Seacone View Post
                It is really something to see how high-functioning this franchise is right now. For so many years, we had the wrong ownership, wrong management, wrong coaches and wrong players. And now, under Kroenke's control, all pistons seem to be firing in time with each other. When we won the SB in 2000, it was like a bolt of magic lightening flashing in the darkness. We danced in that light for a few seasons, and then gradually faded back into the black depths of our prevailing disfunction. But now, it feels like we're in a whole new era and establishing an architecture that will enable us to contend long term. And, next season, we'll open Kroenke's LA palace in our updated uniforms: our grand re-opening.

                I sympathize with the St. Louis folks in their bitterness over how callously they were treated by the NFL and the Rams, and I understand their antipathy toward Kroenke. But from where I stand as a fan who's never lived in any Rams' home city, he's the best owner we've had since Carol Rosenbloom passed, and the transformation he has brought to this franchise is very impressive. It's a good time to be a Rams fan.
                Being one of those STL fans that is still loyal to the RAMS, I do have to put some levity into this. stan did put the fans through some horrendous football for three years. Whether he did this on purpose to drive attendance down to justify a move (extremely like) or trying too hard to find the right coaching team, he was not any better than Georgia. If he keeps the team growing and they win a SB trophy, then he can be considered better than Georgia.


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Seacone View Post

                  True. There were several permutations of the Frontiere ownership. Georgia as sole owner. Georgia with Kroenke as minority. Georgia's kids with Kroenke as minority. Then Kroenke as sole owner. But you're right. It just seems like such a long time between Rosenbloom in control and Kroenke in control, savvy controlling owners. Like 40 years. That's the point I meant to make.
                  You know, I forgot Chip was interim during the probate of the estate, and ultimately, was majority with his sister for a short time. Thanks for the reminder; carry on brotha. Go Rams

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gap View Post

                    Being one of those STL fans that is still loyal to the RAMS, I do have to put some levity into this. stan did put the fans through some horrendous football for three years. Whether he did this on purpose to drive attendance down to justify a move (extremely like) or trying too hard to find the right coaching team, he was not any better than Georgia. If he keeps the team growing and they win a SB trophy, then he can be considered better than Georgia.


                    gap
                    I disagree Gap. Wow, am I being negative nancy on this thread? haha

                    After Georgia died, Kroenke had a hand in hiring Demoff, Snead, and Fisher. Seems like the 2 office hires have worked out quite well. And Fisher was at least competent to get the team to mediocrity. I loved the hire at the time, but the game passed him by I think. I just don't see the argument that Stan put the Rams through 3 years of horrendous football though.

                    Stan inherited Spagnuolo in 2010. Went 7-9.
                    In 2011 when Spags produced a 2-14 team, Kroenke fired him and hired Fisher.
                    As we know, Fisher produced 7-9 BS for a few years and kept things together during the move.
                    When Fisher continued on the road to mediocrity, he was fired late into 2016 and Fassel (0-3) served interim to finish 4-12.
                    After that, it's been all playoffs with McVay.

                    So I can maybe see an argument that he stuck with Fisher too long, but I think at the time and with the move, he was giving Fisher 2016 as a prove it year. When he didn't prove it, Kroenke didn't even let him finish it out. To suggest Kroenke was losing on purpose doesn't float for me.

                    Way I see it, 3 out of the 4 guys Kroenke hired have been fantastic, and the 4th guy wasn't terrible.... just wasn't good.



                    Last edited by KoaKoi; -07-30-2019, 11:28 AM. Reason: update Fassell record

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KoaKoi View Post

                      I disagree Gap. Wow, am I being negative nancy on this thread? haha

                      After Georgia died, Kroenke had a hand in hiring Demoff, Snead, and Fisher. Seems like the 2 office hires have worked out quite well. And Fisher was at least competent to get the team to mediocrity. I loved the hire at the time, but the game passed him by I think. I just don't see the argument that Stan put the Rams through 3 years of horrendous football though.

                      Stan inherited Spagnuolo in 2010. Went 7-9.
                      In 2011 when Spags produced a 2-14 team, Kroenke fired him and hired Fisher.
                      As we know, Fisher produced 7-9 BS for a few years and kept things together during the move.
                      When Fisher continued on the road to mediocrity, he was fired late into 2016 and Fassel (0-3) served interim to finish 4-12.
                      After that, it's been all playoffs with McVay.

                      So I can maybe see an argument that he stuck with Fisher too long, but I think at the time and with the move, he was giving Fisher 2016 as a prove it year. When he didn't prove it, Kroenke didn't even let him finish it out. To suggest Kroenke was losing on purpose doesn't float for me.

                      Way I see it, 3 out of the 4 guys Kroenke hired have been fantastic, and the 4th guy wasn't terrible.... just wasn't good.


                      You make a good case. I disagree with it, but it is still a good case.

                      Georgia went out and opened her purse to hire an all-star coaching staff that guided a team to a SB trophy. And it would have been two SB trophies if SB36 wasn't almost completely rigged to make sure the RAMS lost. She may have been completely incompetent before then, but she acquired the coaches that reached the ultimate prize.

                      One could argue that Georgia drove the fans away in LA like stan drove them away in STL, and they'd more than likely be right, but she still has 2.999999999 SB trophies. Stan has a SB loss because he didn't have the complete coaching package. Until he wins a SB with solid coaching choices, he's below Georgia.


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                      • #12
                        Oh I wasn't addressing which owner was better. Sorry if that wasn't clear. I was disagreeing on the 'he steered us to 3 horrendous years of football and likely lost on purpose' part.


                        Just to give you a hard time though, the lawyer in me wants to argue that doesn't Kroenke get 30% of the credit in the two SB wins you claim she gets credit for? He's got .6 SB wins to her 1.4. She was also a sole owner for 15 years without getting a SB win. In fact, it was only after Kroenke got involved did she finally get any SB wins. haha...j/k. again, just giving you a hard time. cheers~


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                        • MauiRam
                          Rams GM Les Snead senses 'authentic chemistry' with Sean McVay.
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                          THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The conversations began at the facility and would trickle into the parking lot while the sun was setting, and sometimes not even that was enough. Sean McVay, the Los Angeles Rams' 31-year-old rookie head coach, was staying at a nearby Four Seasons at the time. Les Snead, the 46-year-old general manager beginning his sixth season with the organization, followed him there on several nights, his wife and his children residing 45 miles south in Manhattan Beach, California.

                          A couple of times a week for more than three months, from the middle of January until the end of April, McVay and Snead picked a restaurant inside the sprawling hotel, sat down, ordered wine and continued to talk -- about football, about their personalities, about life. It often got late enough that Snead found it sensible to book a room, so that he would be closer to work when the alarm clock went off in a few hours. He did it often.

                          "My family would probably say too much," Snead said, a wry smile coming over him on a recent afternoon.

                          Those nights, McVay says now, "meant a lot."


                          Coach Sean McVay (left) and GM Les Snead have put in a lot of time and conversation to get the Rams headed in the right direction. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports
                          "You can see, since the day that I got here, that he’s been very intentional about making sure that we have a good relationship and we have open lines of communication," McVay said of Snead. "That makes you feel good. I think it’s a two-way street, and I think it’s really important for me to do a good job of extending myself to him. That’s why we’ve been able to have a good start to this, hopefully for a long time to come."

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                          Though they came into Day 2 with two picks, the Rams ended the evening with three players after a key trade.

                          Los Angeles selected tight end Gerald Everett in the second round, followed by wide receiver Cooper Kupp and safety John Johnson in the third.

                          “These are guys that Les and his staff had really targeted for a long time,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said, referring to general manager Les Snead. “We know we got better with three spots.”

                          In order to do that, the Rams traded their No. 37 and No. 149 picks for the Bills’ No. 44 and No. 91 selections. With a pick early in the second round, Snead said he had an idea the phone might start buzzing with teams trying to move up.

                          “I think if we go back a couple drafts ago … I do remember we had an early pick in the second round, we were going to draft some OL — we had done Gurley — and there were a lot of OL on the board, and it was just hard to pick, who do we want? And at that moment, there were a lot of teams — the phone just started buzzing,” Snead said.

                          “So I think I remember writing a note down then — you know what, if you ever have an early second-round pick, it’s a good spot to be in,” Snead continued. “Usually, there’s a lot of teams that want to move up.”

                          It worked out well for the Rams in this case, with the club picking up a selection in the third round while still selecting Everett — a player Snead called one of McVay’s favorites in the entire draft.

                          “Gerald was one of those guys that was, let’s call it Scenario A, Scenario 1,” Snead said. “You always prepare trying to figure out where you can get players in the draft, but that’s the guesstimate at times and you can lose him. But we thought that if we did move back, get an extra third-round selection, we could also still get Gerald.”

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                          As for the Rams, the Sean McVay hire makes all the sense in the world on paper. Take the 32nd-ranked offense in the NFL and put it in the hands of the man who helped Kirk Cousins grow into one of the most prolific and accurate quarterbacks in the NFL. (If that sounds like an exaggeration, recall that Cousins passed for 4,917 yards last season in Washington, third-most in the NFL, and completed 67% of his passes, good for seventh.)


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                          Andrew Whitworth took the leap of faith when he left the team that drafted him in 2006, the Bengals, to join the Rams at 35 years old on a three-year, $36 million contract to anchor an offensive line that allowed 49 sacks in 2016. Whitworth is one of two players on the roster who is older than McVay, who was a high school freshman quarterback running the triple option at Marist School in Atlanta when Whitworth was a redshirt freshman at LSU in 2001. Adding Whitworth may prove to be the best decision McVay and GM Les Snead have made early in the process of turning around the Rams, not simply for his pass blocking but for his experience in McVay's offense. The scheme Whitworth learned under Jay Gruden in Cincinnati is, with slight variations, the same one McVay learned under Gruden in Washington. Former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff spends much of his time with Whitworth quizzing him on how Andy Dalton handled certain situations in the offense.

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                        • MauiRam
                          Les Snead knows his role as general manager, & the NFL draft will help define it
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                          The gleaming white, high-tech stationary bike sits just to the right of the desk in Les Snead’s office, across the room from a wall-mounted television monitor and next to a large whiteboard.

                          With an iPad perched atop the bike’s black handlebars, and a water bottle nestled just below it, the Rams general manager can multitask while spinning.

                          He says he watches video of the team and of draft prospects. He catches up on email. Sometimes, the exercise just clears his mind.

                          “When you’re on it, your mind gets away,” he says, nodding toward the Schwinn. “That’s where some of your big-picture thoughts come into play.”

                          Since the end of the Rams’ 4-12 season — which continued a 13-year playoff drought — Snead has been preparing for next week’s draft.

                          This will be his sixth with the Rams, the first with new Coach Sean McVay and the first without former coach Jeff Fisher.

                          Snead, like Fisher, received a two-year contract extension before last season. And he survived the aftermath of Fisher’s December firing.

                          So a strong draft performance would seemingly protect his status.

                          But when asked whether he feels pressure or thinks his job is on the line with this draft, he says he simply plays a role in a collective effort.

                          “In our business, [pressure] implies there’s some sort of distress level,” he says, adding, “There’s no distress.

                          “This is a ‘we’ thing. This isn’t singles tennis. … There’s an urgent determination and drive to get this thing to where we all want it to be, and the draft is a key component.”

                          In the weeks leading up to last year’s draft, Snead made a blockbuster trade with the Tennessee Titans that enabled the Rams to move from No. 15 to No. 1 and select former California quarterback Jared Goff.

                          This year’s draft apparently won’t be a referendum on Snead.

                          “The most important thing for the organization in this draft is that Les and Sean have a vision of what they want to achieve together and how to go execute it,” Kevin Demoff, the Rams’ executive vice-president of football operations, says. “I don’t think any draft or free-agency period is ever make or break. You have to look at a body of work in totality.”

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