ST. LOUIS (AP) Jeff Fisher's comeback was a rousing success. Coming off the worst five-year stretch in NFL history, the St. Louis Rams shattered their sad-sack image.
Players from the NFL's youngest roster cleaned out lockers Monday energized about a future of playoff contention after barely missing out on the franchise's first winning record since 2003 - and feeling that this seven-win season will not be a mirage.
"I was on a team that was 7-9, came back and didn't do well," middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said. "That's not this group. The postseason, that's on everyone's mind, and it's not just a far-fetched hope, it's an expectation."
Quarterback Sam Bradford was the NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year after the Rams went 7-9 in 2010, then hobbled through a humbling two-win season that ushered in a rebuilding effort under Fisher and general manager Les Snead.
In retrospect, Bradford believes the wins came too easily his...