Mister Obvious Says – Jeff Fisher needs a winning season. He is 20-27-1 with the Rams since his hire in 2012. Dating back to his days with Tennessee, Fisher has not achieved a winning record in his last five seasons. The Rams made a change at the most important position – quarterback – trading away injury-prone Sam Bradford to Philadelphia for the unproven-yet-promising Nick Foles. With a revamped offensive line – the Rams took four lineman on draft day – and running backs Todd Gurley and Tre Mason, it’s obvious Fisher knows his offense must come to life for him to keep his job. The Rams ranked 28th last year, averaging only 314.7 yards per game.
Biggest Addition – Foles was good enough to become Chip Kelly’s starter in Philadelphia, managing the quick-read offense better than his competition there. Expect St. Louis, which had the 10th-fewest passing attempts in the league last year, to open things up with Foles behind center.
Biggest Loss – Bradford, but his second torn ACL injury limited him to only seven games last season.
Rookie To Watch – Injuries are not entirely a deterrent for the Rams, who drafted Georgia’s Todd Gurley with the hope his surgically repaired left knee will be strong enough this season. Gurley had 773 yards rushing though the first give games with Georgia before serving a four-game suspension for an NCAA rules violation. When he returned against Auburn, he suffered the serious knee injury.
Marquee Match-up – The Rams play at Green Bay in Week 5.
Game Most Likely to Win – Week 7 at home against Cleveland.
Game Most Likely to Lose – Week 12 at Cincinnati, a week after the Rams will face a physical challenge in Baltimore.
Overall Thoughts – The Rams required significant roster moves after another subpar year at 6-10 and they made them at quarterback and with their coordinators. Frank Cignetti was promoted to offensive coordinator after spending the previous three seasons as the quarterbacks coach. The Rams haven’t made the playoffs since 2004. They are 49-110-1 in that span.
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