Earlier this off-season the St. Louis Rams hired Les Snead as their General Manager. Snead used to work under Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, who has ties to the Patriots, and Snead had a ringing endorsement for the Patriots organization at the 2012 NFL combine.
"I think the Patriots are a difference-making organization," Snead said, noting that the Patriots own more regular-season victories than any team over the past four seasons. "What you will find with them is they are going to believe that teams win championships, individuals don't. Everything they do, whether it's the type of plate that is in the cafeteria to the type of scouting grading scale you have, they want to have a competitive edge in that area. That is what you learn. There is a lot of innovative thought that goes into the logistics and processes of putting it all together."