For St. Louis Rams fans, hope for some better NFL Sunday afternoons is on the increase. At the very least, fans are expectant that the Rams will improve upon the 2-14 campaign of 2011. Indeed, the chances of another train wreck of that magnitude is highly unlikely.
Looking towards the Rams' opening kickoff of 2012, I have pinpointed five reasons why St. Louis fans can and should be optimistic about a much-improved season.
The Rams are not as far away as some may think. Keep in mind that St. Louis went 4-12 in 1998 before going 13-3 in 1999 and winning the Lombardi Trophy in the Super Bowl.
If it absolutely must be said, I am certainly not predicting a repeated Super Bowl run in 2012. That would indeed be most foolish. However, I am asserting that the Rams will improve, perhaps significantly, in the upcoming campaign.
For several reasons, I believe St. Louis can hover somewhere around the .500 mark and at least be in contention for a Wild Card birth heading into December.
For Rams fans, that in and of itself would be something to be excited about. It would equate to hope and change, something St. Louis fans have been starving for during a 15-65 stretch that has left the fan-base bloodied, beaten, bruised, gasping for air, impoverished, famished and downright desperate for a winner.
In 2012, I believe that Jeff Fisher and the Rams will deliver just that, due to the following five reasons.
Let's take a look.