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Rams hire national scout away from Bears

2013-05-09T01:55:00Z 2013-05-22T16:03:22Z Rams hire national scout away from BearsBy Jim Thomas jthomas@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8197 stltoday.com

Post-draft time in the NFL often means spring-cleaning in front offices throughout the league. Along those lines the Rams are hiring Ted Monago of the Chicago Bears as a national scout.

Rams general manager Les Snead confirmed the hiring, which was originally reported by the Chicago Tribune, but did not want to comment. That's because the paperwork on Monago has yet to be finalized, but also because Snead’s in the midst of some other restructuring in the Rams’ scouting department.

Monago joined the Bears in 2001 as an area scout and moved up to executive scout, with a focus on the Southeastern Conference, last year.

Most scouting and personnel contracts run through the end of draft each year, so May and June usually is the time when front offices are re-shuffled.

“He’s a hard-working guy — he loves every single thing about his job,” said an NFC scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “His football passion is high and he was due to get a (promotion), and unfortunately he has to leave (Chicago) to do it. He’ll add some fire to that room in St. Louis, there’s no question.”

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