Jeff Fisher is taking over a team that has been historically bad since Mike Martz's firing. Since 2008 the Rams have only been able to savor victory 16 times. Quite pathetic considering Tom Brady and the 2007 Patriots won 16 games in one season.
But that doesn't mean there shouldn't be reason for hope.
Annually, there is at least one team that goes from last place in the division to first. Can St. Louis be that team this year? With their onslaught of draft picks from the Redskins and Cowboys it's safe to assume the arrow is pointing up.
Offensively, Sam Bradford is working on a clean slate after a disastrous 2011. Rookie wide receivers Brian Quick and Chris Givens will give him an opportunity to stretch the field.
But the Rams' biggest improvements come on the defensive side of the ball with the additions of Janoris Jenkins, Michael Brockers, Kendall Langford, Trumaine Johnson and Cortland Finnegan.
However, it wouldn't be fair to forget about key veterans who have seen and been through it all. Most notably, Chris Long, a quarterback's worst nightmare.
What skills does Long possess that make him such a terror?