By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on May 25, 2014
The St. Louis Rams experienced yet another losing, non-playoff season in 2013. The Rams haven't clinched a playoff berth since 2004, and they haven't experienced a winning season since 2003. If the franchise hopes to turn their luck around, a lot of things will have to go their way. Here are five rumors surrounding the Rams entering OTAs.
As nice of a story as Michael Sam's journey has been, the fact remains that he's a seventh-round draft pick. And like any typical seventh-round draft pick, there's a good chance Sam won't even make the Rams' roster come September. The Rams are weak at linebacker, so that aids Sam's chances of making the roster, but he'll have to produce a strong preseason just to make the roster.
Although Sam's planned documentary on the OWN network has been squashed, the question remains, will Sam's presence and media attention represent a distraction for the team itself? Before it was announced the show wouldn't air, an unnamed Rams player stated the show may be a distraction. Because Sam is a pioneer as the first openly gay active football player, it remains to be seen the type of effect it will have on the rest of the team.
As everyone knows, the game of football is won in the battle of the trenches. Head coach Jeff Fisher clearly abides by that ideology, as he drafted OT Greg Robinson and DT Aaron Donald with their first-round draft selections. Both players were the top-rated guys at their positions, and both will be expected to start from Day 1 in St. Louis. If Robinson and Donald have an impact in 2014, the Rams have an outside shot of a winning record.
It's hard to believe it has been four years since Sam Braford was drafted No. 1 overall by the Rams. It's also hard to believe that it was four years ago that Bradford experienced his best pro season. It's four years into Bradford's career and he has regressed over that period. If Bradford is to remain the Rams' franchise quarterback beyond 2014, he'll have to be more productive than his 79.3 career passer rating suggests.
As mentioned in the intro slide, the Rams have been a hapless bunch for one full decade now. The last time the team achieved any sort of notable success was when Marc Bulger was the starting QB and Steven Jackson was in his rookie season. That is a sign of an organization making bad personnel decisions on an annual basis. Expect another hapless season in 2014, as the Rams play in the toughest division in the NFL -- the NFC West.
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