UPDATE: Les Snead accepts St. Louis GM position

Les Snead, the Falcons former director of player personnel, accepted the general manager position with the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

The Rams are expected to announce the decision on Monday. George Paton, who was a finalist with Snead, was promoted to assistant general manager with the Minnesota Vikings.

Snead was interviewed by the Rams early in January. The Rams won the derby to hire Jeff Fisher as their head coach. Fisher then focused on hiring his coaching staff before the franchise moved back to its general manager search. In their process, the Rams are known to have interviewed nine candidates.

Snead had a second interview with the Rams on Feb. 1 so that he could interview with Fisher.

Paton and Snead were expected to meet with Rams owner Stan Kroenke this weekend.

Snead broke into the NFL as a scout with Jacksonville under Tom Coughlin. He has been with the Falcons for 13 years and is considered one of general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s top lieutenants.

Ironically, Snead will replace another former Falcons official in Billy Devaney. He was terminated from the Rams post after last season.

Here’s the team’s bio on Snead:

Les Snead begins his 13th season with the Falcons personnel department and the third under his title of director of player personnel. Snead oversees both the college and pro scouting efforts and works closely with general manager Thomas Dimitroff. He also plays a day-to-day role in the analysis and evaluation of the Falcons current roster and provides salary value analysis of all player acquisitions, while aiding in the research on how to acquire future free agents.

Snead came to Atlanta from Jacksonville, where he worked in the pro scouting department for the Jaguars from 1995-97. In his career, he has participated in one Super Bowl appearance (with the Falcons) and three Conference Championship Games.

Les played tight end for Auburn from 1992-93 and was part of the Tigers’ perfect 11-0 team in 1993.

He also earned Southeast Region Academic All-American honors during his college career. This 39-year-old native of Eufaula, Ala., was a graduate assistant at Auburn after his playing days were over. Snead also was an administrative assistant of football operations at his alma mater in 1995.

He holds a bachelors of science degree in Psychology and planned to attend medical school until he was offered a graduate assistant coaching position at his alma mater. While working as a graduate assistant he received a Master’s of Education degree.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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lordd stanley

February 11th, 2012
8:54 am

This story raises a few questions, but not against Dol. First if all why is the gm not hired first since the head coach directly reports to him. Also why is fisher interviewing gm candidates, I know there needs to be chemistry but does not sound like the best practice for an NFL franchiseip, and the gm would want his own men if held accountable.

lordd stanley

February 11th, 2012
8:56 am

Good luck Snead


February 11th, 2012
10:11 am

Wow, our whole coaching staff is getting a makeover.


February 11th, 2012
10:29 am

DLED, I agree with lordd stanley! Why is Jeff Fisher getting this special treatment? He is barely 500 as a head coach, He won only 3 or 4 divisions and no Superbowls in 16 or 17 years in Houston/Tennessee. A recipe for mediocrity. St Louis Owner is desperate or related to Ranklin Smith! There is no quantifiable data to support Jeff Fisher being a hot coaching commodity. Les, do yourself a favor and withdraw your candidacy, you are a puppet in the making!!


February 11th, 2012
10:58 am

Congrats Coach Snead

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Fresh Birds

February 11th, 2012
11:37 am

umm he would not be a coach, nor is one with the falcons!!


February 11th, 2012
12:28 pm

Falcons 2012 Draft Easy Button 1.0

1.22 – Cleveland Browns- Julio Jones, WR, Ala

2.55 – Cordy Glenn, OL, 6′6, 345, UGA
– Remington Finalist, Outland Watch List, plug/play

3.87 – Ben Jones, C, 6′3, 305, UGA
-Remington Finalist, Outland Watch list, plug/play

4.109 – Cleveland Browns – Julio Jones, WR, Ala

5.133 – Chris Rainey, RB, 5′8, 178, Fla.
– 4.36/40 – speed back missing since Norwood

6. 165 – Christian Thompson, FS, 6′1, 213, SCSU
– Auburn transfer – combo safety w return skills

7. 197 – Lamont Bryant, TE, 6′6, 230, MSU
– Former QB, sleeper, 4.6/40, super athletic

Georgia OL immediate upgrade; bring chemistry, top shelf talent;
while others scrambling for DBs, Falcons set anchors.

Rainey is lightning in a bottle we’ve missed since Norwood;
teams will be wary of his size, we won’t.

Thompson is big hitting, big playmaker at safety, Auburn transfer;
St. Thomas Aquinas grad provides immediate options.

Bryant is the small school stud nobody but hbcuclassics have heard of;
see Ricardo Lockett, Seattle Seahawks.


February 11th, 2012
1:16 pm

Good luck Coach Snead..hope you get it if thats what you wish. Never hold a good man down but I hate to lose you. God Bless!


February 11th, 2012
2:10 pm

D Led, do you think Isaiah Pead out of Cinnci would be a good back for the Falcons to aquire? I think they should give him a chance @ 5th round or 4th if he’s still there.

Tha Real Falcon

February 11th, 2012
3:09 pm

I always love those who think the Falcons will spend high draft picks on UGA players. Is their loyalty to UGA or what’s best for the Falcons? Not always the same.

Tha Real Falcon

February 11th, 2012
3:10 pm

Oh yeah, why would we wait until the 7th for a replacement for TG? Need someone faster and NFL-ready.


February 11th, 2012
4:22 pm

Congrats to Les Snead. He has put his time in, but certainly hate to see him go.

ricky neal

February 11th, 2012
5:01 pm

who falcons going replace les snead since he,s going two be in the rams front office

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February 11th, 2012
5:16 pm

hbcuclassics-wakeup, do you really think the Falcons are going to draft an aggravted stalker (chicken), you go to be kiddin me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ricky neal

February 11th, 2012
5:18 pm

but who going name new falcons front office guy

ricky neal

February 11th, 2012
5:21 pm

now falcons are in trouble we lost les snead who going help make decsion and roster moves before march 13 as falcons office guy

ricky neal

February 11th, 2012
5:27 pm

can mike nolan going two take over falcons front office two help falcons rosters moved trade players by march 13th who comes in new falcons front office guy

ricky neal

February 11th, 2012
5:29 pm

can mike nolan help falcons office can he help make moves free agent moves help falcons draft players who will falcons intereview next as new falcons front office guy

TD has no clue!

February 11th, 2012
5:51 pm

For the Rams sake I hope he is better than TD. Because TD has no clue.
Maybe this guy won’t pick so many injury prone players.


February 11th, 2012
5:58 pm

TD has no clue……..maybe you would like to have Rankin Smith and his son back calling the shots? It is you that has no clue.

Tater in AFG

February 11th, 2012
6:41 pm

For God’s sake use punctuation, Ricky!

Najeh Davenpoop

February 11th, 2012
7:09 pm

Another slow news day? We need more articles about Atlanta’s best team: the Hawks! The Falcons are a joke, as always!


February 11th, 2012
7:10 pm

TD has no clue???…….I think if you go back and look, he has more hits then misses

Fresh Birds

February 11th, 2012
7:19 pm

Hawks arer a joke, they only give effort when they feel like it, and this season its been 1 out of 5 games maybe.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

February 11th, 2012
7:46 pm

agree with hbcuclassics- UGA’s Olineman would be a great addition although I think they to be defense focused this draft,unless we pick up some good players in free agency.

duke davis

February 11th, 2012
7:52 pm

All these changes at the top, which we needed, not going to do the falcon no good if we dont get us a good running back, defense end, and two good linebacker.

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TD has no clue!

February 11th, 2012
8:15 pm

Please name all those greatest hits.


February 11th, 2012
9:49 pm

Hopefully, teams will back off Rainey…
That allows Falcons to draft hogs first…
Falcons won’t have as many “black dots” this year…

And who hasn’t said something to a girl they dont regret?…
Give’m a break, we gotta win this year…
If he screws up, cut him!…

But that 4.36/40 speaks louder than nasty texts…

Put Down the Bottle

February 11th, 2012
9:53 pm

Really? You guys know they play football outside of the south, right? 2 OL from UGA (and I’m sorry, but Jones stinks; he got embarassed in Mobile), a midget with anger management issues that never really did anything at UF, an Auburn reject, and a TE from nowhere. Which of these future all-stars rush the passer, create turnovers, or help the defense get off of the field on 3rd Down?


February 11th, 2012
11:12 pm

Albany State Golden Rams’
QB, Stanley Jennings, DB Rashad McRae, LB Jamarkus Gaskins


February 11th, 2012
11:19 pm

Nowhere? Check the NFL Hall of Fame buddy?
10% are http://www.hbcuclassics.com

ricky neal

February 12th, 2012
1:20 am

falcons have two do something its about be ferbuary 12th we need two new front guy

panic fan

February 12th, 2012
1:31 am

very well done, is how i see Mr less snead he is a asset to every team he has been on,in 2 yrs he went from the field to asst operation director, degree in psych,master in ed degree, you can see why he is very good at what he does.We will now select a new set of eyes and ideas on free agents and overall talent scouting,to go along with new cordinators, our whole approch in this area to help improve our ability as a team to acquire top talent with improved coaching.THANKS GO 2
arthur blank for these solid direct approch MOVES 2 make us better 2012 CANT WAIT,AND WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH POSSITIVE CHANGE

panic fan

February 12th, 2012
1:38 am


Bigg Don

February 12th, 2012
9:54 am

Let me understand. Les Snead was director of scounting under the vaunted T.D. Boy, he SURE
did a good job. He was also in charge of getting free agents. Once again GREAT job. Peria Jerry. Thanks, Mr. Snead. Jamal Anderson. Thanks, Les. Done-too Robinson. Great catch Les.
Oh, and Sam Baker. Brilliant, Mr. Snead. We’d have NEVER landed that big fish WITHOUT giving
up two draft choices. Way too look ahead.

I say don’t let the door bang off your but on the way out. And take Dimitroff with you. WGAF.


February 12th, 2012
10:27 am

hbcuclassics, I like the way you think. Thanks for your posts.


February 12th, 2012
10:30 am

I think that TD thinks a few steps ahead of even the brightest of us. This is what the Dude lives for, we are gonna be fine. I think he has redundancy built in. They do cross-training on the field with the team, to my mind, that probably also goes on in the front office. It is a mark of a good franchise when other teams want to hire your people.

Tree Rollins

February 12th, 2012
10:52 am

Ok now we’ve truly hit the bottom of the barrell when even the ex-Jag guys are jumping off the ship. I only hope this guy is the one that recommended Sam Baker and Pariah Jerry!!

Tree Rollins

February 12th, 2012
11:07 am

Let’s help this guy look good on his new job. Let’s trade him Julio Jones for 2 Rams 1st round picks and pretty much their entire 2012 draft. That’ll make him look as smart as Dimitroff!


February 12th, 2012
1:07 pm

Good riddance !

Gwinnett Fred

February 12th, 2012
1:44 pm

This guy was yet another with ties to Jacksonville.

Can somebody explain what the hell Jacksonville as done so great that it seems well over half of the ATL coaching staff/front office is from there?


February 12th, 2012
4:34 pm

Hey DLed, what’s up? Any positive news about the Falcons?


February 12th, 2012
4:35 pm

Tree Rollins, how’s the air up there?


February 12th, 2012
6:01 pm

Dont fall for the TE Trap:

Saints nor Patriots run the ball. They dink/dunk/criss/cross their way down the field, until a seam opens. Falcons aren’t successfal at that, they each have one of the top 3 QBs in the NFL, WE DO NOT HAVE A TOP QB.

1) Jimmy Graham (Saints) – 99-1,310 and 11 TDs.
2) Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) -90-1,327 and 17 TDs.
3) Jermichael Finley (Packers) – 55-767 and 8 TDs.
4) Aaron Hernandez (Patriots) –
5) Jason Witten (Cowboys) –79-942 and 5 TDs.
6) Antonio Gates (Chargers) – 64-778 and 7 TDs.
7) Vernon Davis (49ers) – 67-792 and 6 TDs.
8) Jermaine Gresham (Bengals) – 56-596 and 6 TDs.
9) Tony Gonzalez (Falcons) – 80-875 and 7 TDs
10) Owen Daniels (Texans)– 54-677and 3 tds
11) Fred Davis (Redskins) – 59-796 and 3tds
12) Dustin Keller (Jets) –
13) Greg Olsen (Panthers) –
14) Brandon Pettigrew (Lions) –
15) Brent Celek (Eagles) –

Gonzalez still putting up top 5 TE numbers…
Plenty young TEs haven’t done diddly poo…
Dan Reeves wasted top picks on TE every year…
They didn’t do diddly poo…
TE is like a C, 4-7rd pick …


February 13th, 2012
7:12 pm

TDhnc…….Well lets see, #2, HD, TG, Turner, JJ, Dunta(don’t know bout great but certainly solid), Spoon, Peters, Edwards…….that too your misses who consist of Sam Baker, JA, and maybe Jerry(although the jury is still out there)