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Sometimes when a rookie experiences success, the overall satisfaction of being a star can get to the player's head and cause him to slip during his second season.
The player typically doesn't work as hard in the offseason and training camp as he did before his rookie season, and the result is a sophomore slump.
The Rams don't have to worry, since all signs point to Sam Bradford being a humble athlete that doesn't quit in the film room or the gym.
However, since quarterback is such a vital position towards the success of any team shooting for the playoffs, it's important that the Rams help Bradford avoid a sophomore slump.
And though it's not likely given his smarts and physical gifts, there are some factors that could possibly contribute to Bradford regressing in 2011.
While the team's newly hired offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has a reputation of being great with quarterbacks, it's still not easy for a second-year player to learn a new system.
It makes it even harder for a player to learn a new system when there is a lockout that's preventing the coaches and players from talking.
Another factor to be weary of is the 2011 schedule, which is easily more difficult than the schedule the Rams faced in 2010.
The 2011 schedule will force the Rams to face opposing defenses that are more dominant than any they've seen in 2010, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens and the Green Bay Packers.
However, facing those tough defenses will only make the team better as a whole, and it will make the games against the NFC West rivals that much easier.