The St. Louis Rams have been underdogs for five season now. In three of those seasons St. Louis has won two or less games, barely avoiding the winless tag. By the time 2012 wound down and the Rams were looking at a 7-9 season it was time to take a new direction under the guidance of an experienced and winning coach. Enter Jeff Fisher, formerly of the Tennessee Titans.
On offense it all begins with Sam Bradford, who’s been unable to gain any traction under a constant parade of schemes and coordinators and a shifting array of weapons. Fisher is looking to take things in a new direction with an offense that will rely on more passing and less Steven Jackson, who took a bus to Atlanta. In building this team it’s interesting to see where Fisher is headed. He used the 2013 NFL draft to pick up a pair of wide receivers with good speed in Tavon Austin of West Virginia and Stedman Bailey, also a Mountaineer. Miami gave the Rams Jake Long who will anchor the left side of the line, providing Bradford with better protection and hopefully some running room for the new legs on the team. But who takes the place of Jackson? Nobody knows just yet.
Fisher can look forward to having an upper echelon if the injury demon can be held at bay. He’s got a very good defensive line with Chris Long and Robert Quinn squeezing the ends. His linebackers are also above average. James Laurinaitis has been a dominant middle linebacker in the NFL for a few seasons now and Fisher used his second pick in the draft to take Alec Ogletree of Georgia to play an outside slot. The 3rd Round gave St. Louis T.J. McDonald to boost the safety talent.
Jeff Fisher knows how to build a football team. The Rams though, could be better without it showing up in the win column. They’ve got four games against Seattle and San Francisco, plus road games against Atlanta and Houston. Tough schedule there and it means Rams fans might have to wait a bit longer for Jeff Fisher to start winning.