Of course – why would Les Snead want to be associated with being a part of this sinking ship? Why would anyone else in the Rams personal and organization not be trying to stand up for their job right now? We were all expecting Jeff Fisher to be fired any minute however we found out last week that he inc has dried on that 2 year contract extension well before the first play off game. Ugh I can just see that Jeff Fisher Smirk Right now!
Yesterday – Practice did not take its usual cadence, and sources around the organization are saying it is more like a Junior High with Gossip, comments, mean faces and truth or dare – wait what?
Fisher’s take about the talent on the roster provides a window into the issue dividing the Rams front office. You can infer that a certain amount of water must flow under a team’s bridge before a high-ranking executive, like Fisher, publicly pees in the company pool.
“It pissed me off because I knew it was meant as a shot,” said one Rams source. “You see it under that umbrella—‘We need to do a better job in personnel.’ OK, but you want everyone to think that you have full control. You can’t have it both ways, and it can’t always be the talent. Look at the roster, 2012 to now. In ’12, Jeff did a masterful job with what he was given. But we’ve gotten more talent, and we’ve gotten worse.”
Coach Jeff Fisher also spoke about General manager Les Snead’s new contract:
“I’m so busy here, I was honestly unaware he was extended. I’m being honest with you, we’re just working here,” Fisher said. “I look at this as being my responsibility, the win-loss record. We need to do a better job from a personnel standpoint. We’ve had some unfortunate things take place with some high picks in Stedman Bailey and Tre Mason and those kinds of things you don’t anticipate.
“But we’re moving forward.”
The comments went over like neutron bomb elsewhere in the ranks of the Rams. And it revealed a problem that’s existed since well before the team arrived on the West Coast.
In this week’s Game Plan, we’ll look at Carson Wentz’s recent struggles, the Patriots without Rob Gronkowski, the Giants’ free-agent class facing a major measuring-stick opportunity, a couple of Heisman finalists and the growth of burgeoning MVP candidate Matthew Stafford.