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A voice from above spoke to new St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead at the NFL scouting combine Friday.
The football gods? Not quite.
Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, Snead's boss until recently, was calling down his approval from a third-level balcony overlooking a Lucas Oil Stadium meeting room after Snead's first national news conference with the Rams.
Snead points to Dimitroff's roots with the New England Patriots as critical in shaping the approach he hopes to share with the Rams.
"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."