2-14 Last season New faces: Coach Jeff Fisher, CB Cortland Finnegan, C Scott Wells, DE Kendall Langford, WR Steve Smith, DE Trevor Laws...
2-14 Last season
New faces: Coach Jeff Fisher, CB Cortland Finnegan, C Scott Wells, DE Kendall Langford, WR Steve Smith, DE Trevor Laws, LB Mario Haggan, LB Rocky McIntosh, OT Barry Richardson, FB Ovie Mughelli, DT Michael Brockers (first-round pick).
Key losses: CB Ron Bartell, WR Brandon Lloyd, DE James Hall, K Josh Brown, P Donnie Jones, C Jason Brown.
Strengths: Youth. Rams boast one of NFL’s younger rosters, and will be patient during rebuilding process. Rookies will start at CB, DT, K and P and are top backups at WR and RB. Fisher also inherits handful of stalwarts in QB Sam Bradford, RB Steven Jackson, MLB James Laurinaitis and DE Chris Long, along with the free-agent pickups to help bring kids along.
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Weaknesses: A ton of roster turnover, with six new starters on offense, seven on defense plus both specialists, so expect growing pains. Offensive line unsettled with T Jason Smith, the No. 2 pick of 2009 draft but dogged by concussions, running behind low-budget free agent Barry Richardson all preseason. Even with WR Danny Amendola back from injury, and with Steve Smith apparently ready for major role, Rams lack No. 1 pass catcher and counting on rookies Brian Quick, Chris Givens.
Expectations: Fisher prepared to live with youthful mistakes as he launches rebuilding effort that probably won’t pay off for a few years. Doubling victory total an acceptable goal for new regime not taking many shortcuts.
The Associated Press