ST. LOUIS -- Conditions appear favorable for St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford to have a breakout season.
The Rams upgraded protection with free agent left tackle Jake Long, picked up a premier tight end in Jared Cook and addressed a long-standing deficiency at wide receiver by drafting Tavon Austin with the eighth overall pick.
Plus, there's no learning curve in the second season with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. That's what has Bradford excited the most about his role in leading a team that's gone a decade without a winning season into playoff contention.
The first day of training camp, they were deep into the playbook working on blitz pickups and other "exotic" wrinkles.
"I could be here for days talking about that," Bradford said. "We have an opportunity to build on what we were able to do last year and not start from scratch.
"I think that's our biggest challenge as a group, to not come out and be complacent, and do the same things, but to grow, and become ...