After a year away, Jeff Fisher returned to the NFL refreshed, renewed and best of all, patient. Rebuilding the St. Louis Rams might take time.
Fisher inherits a handful of key veterans from a 2-14 season that got coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney fired. Surrounding quarterback Sam Bradford, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, defensive end Chris Long and select free agent pickups, there's mostly kids.
Expectations are realistic heading into the opener at Detroit, and not just because of what happened last season. Take away a seven-win season in 2010 that seemingly marked the Rams as a franchise on the rise, and they're 8-56 since 2007.
For the new regime of Fisher and general manager Les Snead, there's no better time to build from the ground up.
''If there's a drop-off in production or there's mistakes and things like that or there's a younger player that's got an upside, we're going to give that younger player a chance,'' said the 54-year-old Fisher, ente...