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Jeff Fisher is gone as Rams head coach; what about GM Les Snead?

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams had essentially moved on by Tuesday afternoon, with more than 24 hours separating them from the firing of Jeff Fisher.

The attention had shifted to the Seattle Seahawks, their Thursday night opponent on the road. The players had their second practice under John Fassel, the energetic special-teams coordinator who has been named the interim coach.

Off to the side, Rams COO Kevin Demoff, the man who coordinated with owner Stan Kroenke in the decision to move on from Fisher, stood next to general manager Les Snead, who is now left to wonder what his own future holds.

Nobody is safe these days, and that includes Snead, who, like Fisher, agreed to a contract extension through 2018 before the start of this season.

"It would be a mistake right now to say we’re satisfied with where we’re at on a personnel side and to ensure that Les would be back," Demoff said during his news conference on Monday. "I think Les would be the first person to stand up here and say the same thing."

In the meantime, Snead has no choice but to continue his work. He and his staff are in the thick of draft preparation, and Snead will aid Demoff in the search for a head coach. It appears the Rams would like Snead to stay, but that decision could ultimately depend on who is chosen as the new coach.

Snead's success, or lack thereof, is difficult to fully scrutinize because he worked in tandem with Fisher on personnel decisions.

Snead and Fisher inherited an organization that had lost 65 of 80 games over a span of five years, then instantly made the Rams competitive and were able to acquire star talent with first-round picks. Greg Robinson, a No. 2 overall pick, has been a big miss thus far. The first round also brought Aaron Donald, Todd Gurley, Tavon Austin, Alec Ogletree, Michael Brockers and Jared Goff, whom the Rams firmly believe will be their quarterback of the future.

Aside from Janoris Jenkins (second round), Lamarcus Joyner (second), Trumaine Johnson (third), T.J. McDonald (third), Maurice Alexander (fourth), Greg Zuerlein (sixth) and E.J. Gaines (sixth), success in the later rounds has been sparse. On defense, the Rams lack depth. Offensively, Snead has been unable to beef up the receiving core or build an adequate offensive line, a big reason why the Rams have ranked within the bottom five in yards each of the last four years.

"Not where we want to be," Snead said in a wide-ranging interview late last week. "And I’ve got a job to do, a role to do, lead-a-staff to do, to get us where we want to be. And that’s how you have to work in this league. That’s your focus."

In the wake of Fisher's firing, Demoff called the Rams' current state -- 4-9 after suffering three consecutive blowout losses and dropping eight of nine games -- an "organizational failure." Over these next few weeks, the Rams will conduct "a complete review of the entire organization." As is typically the case with head-coaching changes, the vast majority of the current coaching staff will move on after this season.

The question is whether Snead and his front-office staff will, too.

"We sat down with Les, and, again, this team is not where it needs to be, and we need to own up to that from a coaching perspective, from a personnel perspective, from an administration perspective," Demoff said. "I think all of us need to get better, and I think Les will be the first person to tell you that his department can get better, as well. And I think we need to analyze that department, the decisions that have been made, collectively, how we improve the roster and see where it goes.

"It would be a mistake to say that anybody in the building is guaranteed to come back next year because now you're starting to set criteria for where we're at."