The Los Angeles Rams essentially cleaned house after the firing of head coach Jeff Fisher prior to the end of the 2016 NFL season. The hiring of Sean McVay as the youngest head coach in history has facilitated the change brewing within the Rams organization.
However, Los Angeles has remained open to bringing in more experienced front office personnel. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, it now appears the Rams have done just that with the addition of Brian Xanders to a senior personnel role:
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 20, 2017
Xanders has over 20 years working a variety of positions within player personnel. Although he has spent the last three seasons as a senior personnel executive with the Detroit Lions, Xanders is well known for the team he helped build during his tenure as the Denver Broncos general manager from 2009-12.
Some of the players Xanders drafted during his time as the Broncos general manager include: Von Miller, Chris Harris, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Zane Beadles. Although he was not around to see his team win Super Bowl 50, his construction of one of the league’s premier defenses that helped carry arguably the greatest quarterback of all time did not go unnoticed.
The Rams have managed to build up quite a solid defense of their own during the Fisher era. However, they have had some trouble drafting the right players at key positions on the offensive line and at wide receiver. The Rams are hoping that Xanders can bring his eye for potential Pro Bowl talent here to Los Angeles as he expected to take on a similar role he had with Detroit.