The Rams went from 2-14 to 7-8-1 in the general manager's first season, including 4-1-1 in the suddenly fierce NFC West division.
"When we made the trade last year and we got a second-rounder last year, the extra first-rounder this year and the extra first-rounder next year, that trade was a big rock for this organization," Snead said Wednesday on "The Rich Eisen Podcast." "And that rock is very important to the future of the organization."
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"As I got the job, I can't tell you how many texts I got: 'At least you're in an easy division,'" Snead recalled. "I think that one quickly turned.
"We definitely have some formidable foes in our division, but we're definitely not scared to show up and take them on in a football game."