Found September 06, 2012 on Rams Herd:
San_diego_chargers_e33a

Draft_Picks_660_405_042812

There are 17 rookies on the St. Louis Rams’ opening day roster, seven more players age 24 or younger and 31 in all on the 53-man roster who were not with the franchise last season.

It’s the youngest team in the NFL, with an average age under 26. A lot of kids for new coach Jeff Fisher to keep tabs on.

Fisher and new general manager Les Snead are prepared to live with the mistakes and they’ll have to. Fisher was at his sarcastic best when the topic came up after practice Wednesday.

“Well, look, I’m going to cut the cartoons off at the hotel,” Fisher joked. “Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Have Froot Loops for the pregame meal. How’s that?”

Beyond the sarcasm, it’s clear the new regime has embraced an overhaul so extensive that the so-called crusty veteran has become an endangered species. There are just five players over 30, compared with 13 for the season opener last year.

The 52-year-old Fisher was out of the NFL last year before tackling the task of transforming a franchise that was just 15-65 the previous five years — the worst five-year stretch for any franchise since the AFL-NFL merger. He has a five-year contract and can afford to build from the ground up.

“Well, it’s exciting. These guys are anxious and eager,” Fisher said. “I’d much rather coach a young team than an old team.”

All but one of the team’s 10 draft picks made the team, a new concept to Rams fans. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins and guard Rokevious Watkins are likely starters, kicker Greg Zuerlein won his job on draft day and defensive tackle Michael Brockers was set to start before sustaining what’s believed to be a high right ankle sprain in the preseason finale.

Wide receivers Brian Quick and Chris Givens will be in the mix for quarterback Sam Bradford, the first pick of the 2010 draft and already an elder statesman (and already on his 3rd OC is three seasons). Bradford said he didn’t realize how many rookies were on the roster until Fisher spoke at a luncheon attended by the entire team earlier in the week. 

“I was like ‘Oh my god, that seems extremely high,” Bradford said. “But looking around, I think we’ve got a lot of young guys, a lot of rookies in this locker room who are going to help us.

“We’re better because they’re here.”

Defensive end Chris Long, entering his fifth season and just 26, likes the injection of enthusiasm and optimism. He remembers feeling that way after the Rams drafted him second overall in 2008, not knowing he’d be a part of only 12 wins his first four seasons. 

“One thing about being young is you’re not afraid of anything. You’re not afraid of losing,” Long said. “They haven’t been through the downs, so that’s kind of nice.

“We’re going into this thing fearlessly in Week 1.”

Entering his 17th season as an NFL head coach, Fisher said there’s no doubt that he’s never had a team so young.

“No ... Not even close.”

Fisher insists he didn’t have to alter his coaching style to fit the personnel.

“Nothing changes. You take the same approach preparation-wise, you just have to maybe spend a little extra time with the younger guys to let them know what the regular season is all about,” Fisher said. “With 17 rookies on this roster, there’s a good chance that quite a few of them are going to be in this ballgame.”

Certainly, one big positive is there’s no element of greed. Just kids waiting for their shot.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Fisher, Rams rebuilding with youth movement

ST. LOUIS (AP) There are 17 rookies on the St. Louis Rams' opening day roster, seven more players age 24 or younger and 31 in all on the 53-man roster who were not with the franchise last season. It's the youngest team in the NFL, with an average age under 26. A lot of kids for new coach Jeff Fisher to corral. Fisher and new general manager Les Snead are prepared to live...

Austin Davis eager to seize chance with Rams

ST. LOUIS Austin Davis stands near his locker and speaks about making the most of opportunity. There were many who doubted the undrafted rookie free agent would reach this point, preparing as the St. Louis Rams' No. 2 quarterback four days before the season opener against the Detroit Lions. His work has only begun. Around him, game-week bustle at Rams Park is underway. Some...

Cortland Finnegan Selling Tennessee Mansion For $1.4M; Has Elevator!

Cortland Finnegan signed a big deal with the St. Louis Rams heading into the 2012 season. Yeah, five years, $50 million big. Looking to upgrade and move a little closer to his new team Finnegan has decided to unload his Brentwood, Tennessee pad…for a cool $1.4 million. The house is only 5 years old and comes complete with an elevator, but it rests on only half an acre. In Tennessee...

Jeff Fisher won’t rule out bringing Gregg Williams back

During a Wednesday conference call with reporters, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher was asked if he’ll welcome back defensive coordinator Gregg Williams next season if he’s reinstated by the NFL. Fisher responded simply by saying “we’ll discuss that next year.” Well the good news for Williams is that he might have a job with his buddy next year, that’s if the NFL...

St. Louis Rams Preseason Wrap Up: The Good And The Bad

The 2012-2013 regular season is underway! Now it's time for a quick Rams preseason wrap up.The preseason was a mixed bag for the St. Louis Rams, who went 2-2. The Rams have been busy rebuilding their roster under new coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead, so they do have some work to do.The Rams started the preseason with a big loss against the Colts, but ended it with a win against...

Rams rule out Michael Brockers this week

According to Tim Twentyman, the Detroit Lions have ruled out defensive tackle Michael Brockers for this week’s game against the Lions. DT Michael Brockers (ankle), DT Matthew Conrath (knee) and DT Darell Scott (knee) are all out for Rams on Sunday vs. Lions — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 7, 2012 Brockers suffered a high ankle sprain in last week’s preseason game. ...

St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions Week 1 NFL Pick

St. Louis Rams (0-0) at Detroit Lions (0-0) Buy tickets for this game For those if you who didn’t follow me in the offseason, I did a lot of work in an effort to find the 5 most underrated and 5 most overrated teams going into the season. The idea is simple. Every year, 5 teams that didn’t make the playoffs the year before make the playoffs, including one team with 5 or fewer...

Report: Patriots Close to Signing Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui

Another solider could be joining the Patriots' tight end brigade. The Pats are close to signing Michael Hoomanawanui to their 53-man roster, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss. The deal reportedly is contingent on Hoomanawanui passing a physical, and fellow tight end Visanthe Shiancoe will likely be placed on injured reserve in order to accomodate the addition. Hoomanawanui...

Rams-Lions Preview

The Detroit Lions' decade of losing football ended last season. It remains to be seen if new coach Jeff Fisher can help the St. Louis Rams end their string of sub-.500 campaigns. Looking to build off its first playoff appearance since 1999, Detroit opens its season with high expectations Sunday when the visiting Rams try to rebound from another last-place finish. After going...
NFL Forum Discussions
2014 Worst Offseason EVER
32 replies, 3 days ago
He is super producer?
1 replies, 4 days ago
DeSean meeting Coach Kelly
1 replies, 4 days ago
Hello Sanchez! Good bye DeSean!?
1 replies, 4 days ago
Minako Kotobuki Second Live Tour!!
3 replies, 4 days ago
DJ in DC
1 replies, 4 days ago
Allen stay Eagles
3 replies, 4 days ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.