Top 10 Players That Will Lead St. Louis Rams to 2013 Playoffs
10 Players That Will Lead Rams to 2013 Playoffs
The St. Louis Rams are years past their 'greatest show on turf' days. While Mike Martz and Kurt Warner are long gone, they are looking toward the future with their young, yet talented, team.
Their last Super Bowl win came in 1999 and head coach Jeff Fisher is looking to take them back to the game where his current team beat his former team, the Tennessee Titans, to win the Super Bowl.
Sam Bradford is one of the NFL's up-and-coming quarterbacks and will look to lead this team back to greatness. The pieces around him are not as solid as they were last season, as Steven Jackson is now with the Atlanta Falcons and Danny Amendola is with Tom Brady in New England.
Sure, the Rams will likely be long-shots to win their division next year, or even to make the playoffs, but they can definitely make a run and prove people wrong.
They have some solid weapons for Bradford to throw to although their run game looks to be a struggle in 2013.
Daryl Richardson, the second-year running back from Abeline Christian, will get the bulk of the carries in 2013 and try his best to make Rams fans forget about the talented Jackson.
The Rams haven't made a playoff appearance since 2004 and Fisher's squad is looking to change that forgettable part of the franchise's history and take them back to the promised land.
Here are 10 players that will lead the Rams to the playoffs once again in 2013.
10. Jo-Lonn Dunbar
Jo-Lonn Dunbar had one of his best years in the league in his first year with St. Louis last year. The fifth-year linebacker started all 16 games and looked good lined up next to James Laurinaitis.
9. Robert Quinn
While Robert Quinn had just 29 tackles in 2012, he also had 10 sacks. Last year was his second year in the league and he started all 14 games he appeared in.
8. Chris Long
Another guy that didn't have that many tackles last season, 33, Chris Long had quite a few sacks with 11.5. He has been a sack machine for the past two seasons with 24.5, becoming one of the most electric defensive ends in the league.
7. William Hayes
Last season marked the first year William Hayes was with the Rams and he recorded no starts. He had 35 tackles and seven sacks. Imagine what he could do with more playing time.
6. Lance Kendricks
Lance Kendricks is one of two tight ends that could flourish under the offense this season. He started 14 out of 16 games that he appeared in last year, catching 44 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns.
5. Chris Givens
Chris Givens had a solid rookie season last year and will likely be Bradford's No. 1 target in the upcoming season. He started 12 games last year and caught 42 passes for nearly 700 yards. He will take advantage of an offense without Amendola as the top receiver.
4. Jared Cook
Jared Cook was a solid pickup this offseason for the Rams. He will be a solid tight end complement to the other tight end, Kendricks. This could be a special duo to watch next season.
3. Cortland Finnegan
Cortland Finnegan recorded his career-high in tackles last year and has rapidly become one of the most aggressive cornerbacks in the league. He had 101 tackles and three interceptions last year. Quite the ball hawk.
2. James Laurinaitis
As one of the best linebackers in the NFL, James Laurinaitis is a tackling machine, recording 142 in each of the past two years. He will once again have a 100+ tackle season in 2013.
1. Sam Bradford
Bradford has had an up-and-down career thus far, but 2012 was a solid year for the young quarterback. If the Rams want to make the playoffs in 2013, he needs to improve on the career highs he set in 2012.
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