ST. LOUIS -- Chris Long isn't going to preach.
This isn't his first rodeo. He's been here before.
Long stood at his locker on Monday afternoon, just as he had at the conclusion of his first five seasons. He answered question after question about the future. About why this time it will be different.
Long has now played six seasons in the NFL since the Rams chose him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Six seasons with nothing to do in January.
Heck, six seasons now where St. Louis finished under .500.
So Long isn't the person to tell you it will all turn around next year. Yes, he's just as hopeful as ever. He's already looking forward to the 2014 season. He's just not going to stand here and talk about it.
"Hey listen, every year the community, the media, everybody is always trying to make predictions for how close we are -- this, that and the other thing," Long says. "The reality of it is we're only as good as our performance on the field, so I'm not going to get caug...