St. Louis Rams: Why STL Is Poised for Epic Comeback in 2012

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St. Louis Rams: Why STL Is Poised for Epic Comeback in 2012
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It's been a tough stay in St. Louis so far, but Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis (left) and quarterback Sam Bradford will look for more reasons to smile this season.

New head coach Jeff Fisher wants the 2012 St. Louis Rams to party like it's 1999.

No one expects him to lead the last-place Rams back to the Super Bowl during his first season in St. Louis. This year's team doesn't hold many similarities to the one that went worst to first over a decade ago.

But Fisher and the Rams do appear to be on the upswing.

There may be no sense in comparing the 2012 Rams to the team's 1999 version, but there are few similarities to the 2011 version as well. Jim Thomas notes for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that "the roster was blown up like none other" compared the previous 17 offseasons in St. Louis.

In addition to the new coach and new players, Thomas' article also notes the installation of new offensive and defensive schemes.

Change is the main reason for optimism in St. Louis. Let's take a look at all of those changes and why they position the Rams for a big turnaround.

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