ST. LOUIS The spring means scrubbing away a bad memory.
More than four months after Steve Spagnuolo left the Edward Jones Dome as the St. Louis Rams' coach for a final time, there's optimism at Rams Park this week with veterans returning for offseason training activities. It's found in what wide receiver Danario Alexander calls a more relaxed setting under coach Jeff Fisher. It's found in defensive end Chris Long saying all the offseason changes were positive. It's found in linebacker James Laurinaitis comparing himself to a giddy kid when learning from assistant coaches Chuck Cecil and Dave McGinnis.
Oh, there's plenty to forget after a 2-14 season last fall brought the Rams' record during a five-year stretch of bumbling football to 15-65. So much work must be done that few expect them to come anywhere near their first NFC West title since 2003 in Fisher's first campaign.
But there's hope in new beginnings, and the feeling has been rare at Rams Park for much of St. Louis' seven...