ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams may only win four or five games this year, finish near the bottom of the NFC standings and get another top-10 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Sounds like a bad year, right? Not at all.
For a team that won two games last year and just 15 games the previous five seasons, the Rams have shown significant progress under first-year coach Jeff Fisher, whether it shows up in the win-loss columns or not.
They were awful last year. Absolutely awful. The Rams scored the fewest points in the NFL and had the second fewest yards per game on offense while allowing the sixth most points in the league on defense. Rarely were the games even competitive, losing by scores including 26-0, 27-0, 37-7, 24-3, 34-7, 30-13 and 31-13.
Following a 7-9 campaign in 2010 that saw the Rams come up one win short of a NFC West Division title, the Rams took huge steps backwards last season. Coach Steve Spagnuolo was fired and Fisher was brought in to rebuild the franchise back to the...