How about this for a team profile heading into the season...
New head coach. Embattled QB who was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Promising young defense. Strong running game. Not many people picking them to win the division.
Sound familiar? It should. That pretty much describes the San Francisco 49ers a year ago.
So while I don't blame you for laughing at me for saying the Rams might win the NFC West, I'll also remind you that a year ago, nobody was picking the Niners to go 13-3.
Instead, most people were picking the Rams, and it was easy to see why.
On paper, they had a good-looking young defense. On paper, they had a franchise QB in place. On paper, they had a promising offensive line. On paper, they had a terrific coaching staff led by a head coach that was a rising star in the NFL.
Unfortunately for Steve Spagnuolo and the 2011 Rams, NFL games aren't played on paper.
So now the Rams find themselves in an identical situation—new head coach, embattled QB who was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, promising young defense, strong running game, not many people picking them to win the division.
Today I'm going to break it down for you and show you the blueprint for how the Rams can win the NFC West in 2012. As always, thanks for reading.