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Does Shaun Hill Still Have His Touch?
Shaun Hill was pursued by the Rams in free agency because he has been one of the best No. 2s around in recent years, but can he still be counted on?
The 34-year-old did not attempt a single pass in 2013 and has just 16 total attempts in the past three seasons combined. He has not started a game since he was 30 years old.
The age of 34 is not terribly old for an NFL quarterback, but it's certainly no given that he'll be the same player he was four years ago.
If Hill proves that he's just as capable now as he was in 2010, the offense will be in good hands.
Can Zac Stacy Avoid Sophomore Slump?
Stacy led the Rams in rushing last season and was a pleasant surprise on offense, but can he take the next step and become a 1,200-yard Pro Bowl running back?
He certainly has the ability, based on his 2012 production, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will happen. LeGarrette Blount also appeared to be the next great back for Tampa Bay in 2010, but he has been shockingly average ever since.
The offense needs a healthy run game in order to be successful. The only way that can happen is if Stacy avoids the dreaded sophomore slump and reaches the next level.
Is Defense as Good as Advertised?
The St. Louis defense has generated considerable hype this offseason and has the potential to be one of the best units in all of football, but nothing is guaranteed in the NFL.
With the injury to Bradford, the offense is suddenly stuck in neutral and incapable of carrying the team. This means the defense absolutely has to be elite in order for this team to have success in 2013.
When you look at playoff teams, they're either great on offense, great on defense or well above average both ways. The Rams only have the ability to be one of those things, and it has to be a great defense. It's the only way.
If the defense is not as advertised, the Rams will have to push through another season of mediocrity.
Can Brian Quick Reach the Next Level?
Hill's abilities as a backup and his past accomplishments are typically praised, but what people conveniently forget to mention is that Hill was throwing to Calvin Johnson in Detroit.
The Rams do not possess a receiver that comes remotely close to Johnson's talents. For the sake of Hill and the offense, St. Louis needs a receiver to step up in a big way. Brian Quick can be that guy.
Quick, a former second-round pick from 2012, had a remarkable preseason and seems to be on the verge of a breakout year. It's easy to remain skeptical, as Quick has been terribly inconsistent during the past two regular seasons, but it looks as though he might be ready to finally make a statement.
If Quick can become the go-to-guy he was drafted to be, it won't be as good as having Calvin Johnson, but at least it'll be something. Hill needs Quick to take the next step.