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Les Snead should be a candidate for NFL Executive of the Year



Les Snead should be a candidate for NFL Executive of the Year

In March, I wrote how Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead should be on the hot seat if the team endears another rough season.



I noted how winning a Super Bowl has only bought Snead so much time. So how much time has an incredible draft class bought him?





For the 2023 draft class alone, Les Snead should be a candidate for NFL Executive of the Year. His drafting of immediate impact players such as Puka Nacua, Steve Avila, Byron Young, Kobie Turner and Ethan Evans has saved the Rams from irrelevance.

Nacua was considered a front-runner for OROY early in the year. Young should be in the mix for DROY honors. Turner has been one of the most underrated defenders at his position.



Avila is a mauler and has helped keep Matthew Stafford upright. Evans has proven time and time again that punters freaking fracking rock as he routinely bombs a monster kick at least once a game.





Snead desperately needed a quality draft class to reload the team back to prominence and he delivered. The wins haven’t been coming with LA sitting at 3-6 entering Week 11. LA’s early season efforts has staved off any hot seat talk for a LONG TIME, even though Snead’s job was never in danger to begin with.

Although we must admit, things were looking pretty bleak for a while. The criticism towards LA’s GM entering the 2023 season was justified to an extent.

Snead’s “F them picks” approach handicapped the Rams following Super Bowl LVI and reverted them from a championship contender to an NFC has-been.

In the offseason, he also failed to get much of a return for top players like Jalen Ramsey, Leonard Floyd (aka Buffalo’s “12th man”) and Bobby Wagner just to name a few. The lack of a quality return for Ramsey framed my reasoning for why I said Snead deserved to be on the hot seat.

Like all top-tier NFL GMs, Snead admitted his mistakes and moved on the best way he possibly could. Drafting Van Jefferson in the 2020 NFL Draft proved to be a bust.

Jefferson was traded to the Falcons for a late-round pick and is still as ineffective in Atlanta as he was in LA’s first five games. Allen Robinson, a free agent acquisition from last season, has done nothing in Pittsburgh.

Les Snead should be a candidate for NFL Executive of the Year

In his defense, he plays with an offensive coordinator who has zero clue what the hell he’s doing but that’s besides the point. Besides a stellar draft class, Snead made one of the best moves in the league back in August when he traded for Steelers offensive guard Kevin Dotson.

Dotson has started just six games in Los Angeles, yet has been playing like an All-Pro every time he takes the field. Snead getting him for virtually nothing was an absolute steal.

Snead truly deserves to be a candidate for Executive of the Year but LA’s lack of progress in the win column is going to hurt his case.

Les Snead should be a candidate for NFL Executive of the Year

Texans GM Nick Caserio is likely the front-runner for the award given Houston’s surprising playoff push thanks to the emergence of rookie sensation C.J. Stroud. When scouring through the list of the last five award winners, all were executives of teams that had made the playoffs:

2022 – Howie Roseman (Philadelphia Eagles) Finished: 14-3, lost Super Bowl LVII

2021 – Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) Finished: 10-7, lost in Wild Card Round

2020 – Brandon Beane (Buffalo Bills) Finished: 13-3, lost AFC Championship

2019 – John Lynch (San Francisco 49ers) Finished: 13-3, lost Super Bowl LIV

2018 – Chris Ballard (Indianapolis Colts) Finished: 10-6, lost in Divisional Round

Whether or not Snead wins or is even considered for NFL Executive of the Year shouldn’t matter. Snead has provided the building blocks to a strong foundation.

If LA’s draft class continues to play well in the long run, it’ll be more rewarding than a playoff berth this season. Their progress will ultimately determine how the Rams recover from their post-Super Bowl rut.

Les Snead should be a candidate for NFL Executive of the Year

Plus, I’ll be curious to see whether Snead can maintain his momentum in the 2024 NFL Draft. LA will have a first-rounder for the first time since 2016. Snead can go in any direction he pleases as the Rams have several positions needing to be addressed. Despite a three-game losing streak, I’m positive about the direction the Rams are going.

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