Well There’s Your Problem!

This is slightly old news, but it is worth rehashing because of the ridiculous of it all.  If you have any question why the Rams had such terrible drafts in the early to mid 2000s, here is the answer from CSN Bay Area:

[Former Rams Scout Dave] Razzano said then-Rams general manager Charlie Armey asked him to change his grade on Smith to conform with the higher grades others in the Rams’ draft room had assigned Smith. The scene escalated into an ugly shouting match. Razzano said he refused to alter his evaluation of Smith. It was the beginning of the end with the Rams for Razzano, he said. He was fired after the 2006 draft (Armey did not immediately respond to CSNBayArea.com’s call.)

This is oddly not shocking to me.  The Rams drafted so badly and so oddly at times that there must have been not only power struggles, but forced agreement or one all powerful person making all the draft picks without too much basis in reality.

Not only do the Rams have a terrible draft record during this time, they were regarding their own power and ego in the front office way over the product on the field and that has resulted in the trouble the Rams are currently in.  The most curious part about this is that the grade for Alex Smith should not matter at all because the Rams selected 19th in the 2005 NFL draft and Alex Smith was selected first overall.  Why would they battle to the point of firing Razzano a year later over a player the Rams had no chance of selecting?

Discussion and disagreement is natural and healthy in a war room as teams settle on the player they should take in the draft.  To tamp down disagreement to have agreement is not productive for anything except enhancing egos and ruining football teams.

(via Football Outsiders)


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