The Rams’ regular season struggles may continue in a division with three 10+ win teams from 2013. But after several years of careful rebuilding, the Rams may be ready to make a run in 2014.
Jeff Fisher is in his 3rd year with a Rams franchise that has not made the playoffs since 2004 and has ranked 20th or worse in points scored every year since 2007. For the team to succeed in a division that includes two 12+ win teams and the Cardinals, Fisher has a tough road to the playoffs.
QB Sam Bradford has struggled to find any success with his receiving options – the team hasn’t had a 700+ yard receiver since he came to the team and the departure of long-time RB Steven Jackson left the running game in bad shape – but not so bad as to prevent rookie Zac Stacy from getting just under 1000 yards. The Rams added WR Kenny Britt to a receiving unit that has speedy dual-threat Tavon Austin and TE Jared Cook. The team was also able to add Top Rated offensive lineman Greg Robinson using the 1st round draft pick they received from Washington in the RG3 trade.
The defense begins at the line with arguably the best DE pair in the league with Robert Quinn and Chris Long. LBs Alec Ogletree and James Laurinaitis each had over 110 tackles in 2013, and the addition of underrated CB Lamarcus Joyner to the young secondary may prove to be a steal if he get playing time in 2014.
The Rams will report to training camp in Earth City, Missouri on July 25.