St Louis Rams fans have so much to be optimistic about in 2011.
Between the emergence of Sam Bradford, the establishment of the league's seventh-best pass-rush, the leadership of James Laurinaitis, the hiring of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and so many other variables, the Rams have the football world buzzing about the possibilities.
What many haven't been focusing on however, are the ways in which things could go wrong for the Rams in 2011. Heading into the 2010 season, it was almost a unanimous decision that San Francisco would take the NFC West crown before the 49ers fell flat on their faces out of the gates.
Yes, technically everything could go wrong. Everyone could under-perform, the coaches could make all the wrong calls and the entire team could take a nosedive straight into the bottom of the NFC West cellar.
This article isn't intended for that purpose however. This is to explore the variables that actually have a legitimate chance of going wrong in 2011.
So with that said, here are some situations that, if they do occur, will cost the Rams a successful 2011 season.