Don't blow up the Rams

Despite a disastrous start, St. Louis should stay the course with its young talent

Originally Published: October 15, 2011
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
Sam BradfordDilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesAfter a strong rookie campaign, Sam Bradford has struggled in his sophomore season.

After winning a total of six games from 2007 to 2009, the St. Louis Rams jumped to 7-9 last season behind promising play from rookie quarterback Sam Bradford and were only a tiebreaker from hosting a playoff game.

The "rising" narrative, however, has hit a wall early this season. The Rams are off to a terrible start, and already I hear questions about the direction of the team. It becomes almost a philosophical debate: Was last year's jump only a brief break in the awful trend, or is this year just a break in a continued rise?

From where I sit, I see numerous reasons to believe that this season is an aberration, not a fall back to a dismal run. So Rams fans, before you start burning your season tickets, consider this case.

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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst