Haslett, Devaney now Forefront for Rams

I was intrigued by a few small nuggets that Brian Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s (who is quickly becoming my go-to for Rams news and notes) latest article.

Here’s the first quote from Burwell:

John Shaw and Jay Zygmunt, the powerful executive tandem that has guided and misguided this franchise for decades, slipped into the back of the room and took their places amid the rank and file employees on the back wall of the auditorium. Once, they were always in the front of the room; once, they were in full command of the proceedings, two lawyers presiding over a building full of football men.

What happened at the press conference is that Chip Rosenbloom introduced Jim Haslett as the head coach.  I believe he intentionally left off the “interim” tag to show the team and the organization that Haslett was the official man in charge.  And by not letting Shaw or Zygmunt introduce Haslett, Rosenbloom himself is taking command of the organization and cutting out the men who will be given their retirements at the end of the year.  To further the cutting out of Shaw and Zygmunt from the football side of the organization, Burwell drops this nugget which was simply tickling.

“The personnel will be decided by myself and (executive vice president/player personnel) Billy (Devaney) and then all these other cap ramifications will come down through Jay,” said Haslett in a calm and collected voice.

This is probably the best thing I have heard in the whole Rams shake-up.  As Ron Burgundy would say, “That is GOOD news!”  Before this article devolves into Anchorman references, I’ll calm myself and analyze the quote.  So, Billy Devaney is the sharp pro personnel man that the Rams brought over from Atlanta in the offseason and he is well regarded by people outside the organization.  He is a great eye for talent and is fully qualified to evaluate players with Jim Haslett. Jay Zygmunt has been reorganized (I’m not going to say demoted) to his original position of cap manager and contract negotiator.  This is actually what he is best at, but he probably can’t help but feel stung by the move.

This is good time for the Rams as their fortunes are finally looking up.  The three men that should assert themselves in the organization are doing it.  Rosenbloom, the owner (if only temporarily) is taking charge.  Haslett, the coach (if only temporarily) is taking charge of the team.  Devaney, the personnel guru is taking charge of shaping the new Rams roster (and hopefully will continue to do that for a long time).  Out with the same old sorry Rams and in with the new Rams!


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