They added a massive blocking upgrade in Jake Long, and also added three weapons in tight end Jared Cook and wide receivers Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey via the draft. Things are looking up for the Rams in 2013.
The best-case scenario is that the five aforementioned athletes have career years, including Long returning to form. Also, second year cornerback Janoris Jenkins keeps on improving and looks like the top-five player he was slated to be until some off-field matters arose.
With all this humming along, they shock the division and go 6-0 in it, ultimately winning the NFC West while the other three teams wonder what just happened. With that being said, the team’s final record would be 12-4 and they get knocked out in the NFC Championship Game.
There’s also the worst-case scenario, where Long’s bicep that he’s now torn twice flares up and tears for a third time, and he is out for the year again. This would result in a nearly open door for defenses to hit Bradford early and often, and the rest of the offense crumbles.
With a non-existent offense, the Rams’ defense will hide the weakness for a game or two, but then get picked apart with the team finishing the season 6-10. They would be picking somewhere in the top 10 in the 2014 NFL Draft.