Rams Botching the Jalen Ramsey Trade With Jaguars is the Cherry on Top for Team to Fire Les Snead

Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead
Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead | Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead is by no means a dope who knows nothing about football. He drafted Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley in back-to-back years, traded up for Jared Goff, and hired Sean McVay, all of which helped construct a team that got to the Super Bowl.

However, Snead's job security has all but evaporated, as the Rams are in the worst place for an NFL franchise to be in at the moment.

Bad contracts, like those given to Goff, have forced the Rams to part with some of their best players, including Gurley. Additionally, the trade for cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who, to be fair, is still an elite defensive back, has left the Rams bereft of a first-round pick once again in 2021. Ramey is a free agent after this year and at no point last season, which is when the trade was made, were the Rams "contending." That much will be the same in 2020.

The Rams lack the players necessary to compete in a stacked division, but they aren't bad enough to bottom out and tank for the future. Even worse, tanking wouldn't accomplish anything because they don't have a first-round pick with which to find a potential franchise guy. This falls squarely on Snead.

Snead has to realize that there's a very good chance the Rams finish last in the NFC West given the dominance of the San Francisco 49ers, continued excellence of the Seattle Seahawks, and vast improvement of the Arizona Cardinals. If that scenario becomes reality, Stan Kroenke might need to pull the plug on him, especially if Ramsey doesn't perform well next year.