Head coach Steven Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney were fired after the conclusion of the 2011 season for earning an embarrassing 10-38 record over the last three seasons.
The last two St. Louis Rams head coaches were first-timers, so it was inevitable that owner Stan Kroenke would be eager to find a candidate with extensive experience and league-wide respect, which is why 17-year head coaching veteran Jeff Fisher was perfect for the job.
There's little doubt that Fisher, who has a career record of 142-120, will eventually bring the Rams back to respectability after an abysmal five-year stretch. Of course, the key word being "eventually."
There has been a drastic roster overhaul this past offseason, which has given fans a glimmer of hope, and perhaps, even the premature notion that the team is already prepared to challenge the NFC West for a division title.
Nothing is impossible in a division that has seen three different winners in the last three years. However, expecting the Rams to show anything other than marginal improvement is probably unrealistic, and some feel that their 38-3 preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts was a rude awakening and a harsh reminder of that reality.
Of course, that's silly. Maybe the expectations should be low, but a preseason game is never an accurate depiction of reality.
Although, Rams fans would be feeling a lot more confident if that 38-3 score was flip-flopped.
But now that we've seen the team's first preseason exhibition, we were able to observe both positive and negative aspects of their game.
Let's go over each position and discuss what we've learned about each group so far this preseason.