Perhaps the most encouraging sign for the St. Louis Rams this season is not the fact that the team won a few more games this season than in recent years or that the club has some better players now on its roster. No, the most promising thing about these Rams doesn’t show up on the stat sheet nor is it even a tangible thing. What makes these Rams dangerous now and looking into the future is one small difference that has been instilled by their new head coach Jeff Fisher; confidence.
Even though this team has been eliminated from playoff contention, there is absolutely no quit in the Rams of 2012. Fisher said: “I don’t think they’re thinking about next year or the future when you come to work on Wednesday and you’re digesting the game play. I think they’re thinking about doing the best they can improving their skills.”
That alone shows that this team has grown up a tremendous amount in less than a calendar year and has all of the mental fortitude necessary to build a real contender.
Fisher has been pushing all of the right buttons with this young team, challenging their maturity and trying to motivate them to grow up fast. Of the squad’s latest defeat to this Minnesota Vikings, Fisher told his team: “Our challenge is do we want to mope around as a result to the loss to the Vikings and be that team. Or do we want to be the team that’s won three of the last four games that’s going to go out and try to win another one. So, that’s the approach we’re going to be taking.”
Compared to years past, this Rams club has made significant strides toward being a perennial contender. They clearly still have some weak areas (mainly the offensive line), but even those are well on their way to being addressed and improved accordingly. The Rams are saying and doing all of the right things, it truly is only a matter of time before this team takes the next step and turns into serious threat.
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