ST. LOUIS - The start was subtle, almost nondescript after seven months of anticipation. But this transition will be judged on substance, not style, and the 17-year veteran coach of change carried on the only way he knew how.
Jeff Fisher stood between two fields 10 minutes before the start of his first training camp as the St. Louis Rams' new leader. He gestured toward the horizon, and he chatted with players who had filed from the locker room. This day, he knew, made him feel like a rookie again.
An air horn sounded, cutting through a cooler-than-expected Sunday afternoon at Rams Park. With it, a journey that will include growth for Fisher as well as his franchise began. There were claps from fans behind a steel fence. There were cheers. There were some who wore dark-blue jerseys honoring the Rams' past and present - names like Faulk and Bruce, Bradford and Laurinaitis that served as reminders that winning football has happened in St. Louis and can return.