PHOENIX – Rams general manager Les Snead sat down for a one-on-one interview with Southern California News Group’s Vincent Bonsignore at the NFL’s spring meetings on Tuesday. Snead touched on a number of subjects ranging from free agency, the potential impact new coach Sean McVay will have on attracting players and monitoring young quarterback jared Goff.
Q: We’re a few weeks into free agency and you made some key additions in left tackle Andrew Whitworth, outside linebacker Connor Barwin, receiver Robert Woods and some others. From where you sit today, how would you assess what the Rams have been able to do?
A: Very satisfied. A player like Andrew Whitworth does so much for us, and not necessarily all on the field at left tackle. We’ve been the youngest team in all of football for the last few years, and now we get a legit leader that gives us that short-term dividend of, if he continues to keep playing the way he has been, left tackle will be a strong point for us. But I also think he will help Rodger Saffold, who is in his prime and playing good football, continue to play good and maybe even help him play the best football of his life. Then moving Greg Robinson, all of a sudden a guy who’s still 23, 24 years old, gets to learn from somebody that’s 12 years older who has had a lot of battles.
Look, it was obvious we needed better play at left tackle, whether that was getting Greg better or bringing someone else in. But I can tell you this. Let’s just say you were able to get an improved player but maybe he didn’t bring all the leadership qualities that (Whitworth) brings. We might not have gone that direction. It was really important for us to get that. Just because, hey, we’re the youngest team in football and while there’s some good core pieces that are going to be a round a long time, let’s bring some real men in and help them pave the way and help our guys who are on the cusp of expedite that process.
Q: In talking to some of your new…