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The Rams have finished with less than five wins four times since the 2007 season, and the team hasn't finished with a .500 record since 2006.
For this reason, Rams fans are used to seeing their team roll over and play dead at the first sign of trouble. It's in their nature.
When the Rams got off to a 1-3 start to the season, most fans automatically assumed the Rams would once again finish with less than five wins.
But this is exactly why Jeff Fisher was hired...to keep things competitive even when everything appears to be going wrong.
Fisher knew a big win in Houston could turn things around, so he got his team ready to play and led them to a key victory.
Now, despite some very sloppy moments in 2013, his team suddenly has confidence again. The Rams are competitive once again.
That's what a veteran leader can do for a team.
We've seen the Rams give up under the leadership of rookie head coaches, but Fisher will not allow that to happen.
There's a lot of time left in the season, and things could certainly take a turn for the worse. But this team will put forth an admirable effort. You can bet on that.
Steven Gerwel is the longest-tenured Rams Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and serves as the Rams game-day correspondent. You can find more of Gerwel's work by visiting his writer's profile or by following him on Twitter.