St. Louis Rams: 7 Players That Need to Step Up for a Playoff Run in 2011

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St. Louis Rams: 7 Players That Need to Step Up for a Playoff Run in 2011
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The St. Louis Rams of 2010 gave us a great example of how quickly a team's fortunes can change. In 2009, they were among the most hapless teams in the NFL. They went 1-15 and lost nine games by double digits.

In 2010, that horrible record gave them the first overall draft pick and the chance to draft Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. All Bradford did with the help of Steven Jackson and others was get the Rams one win away from making the playoffs.

Last year's goal was to simply improve and be competitive. Now, the goal is to make the playoffs and nothing less.

It can certainly be done. The offense is solid behind Bradford and Jackson. The defense is somewhat anonymous, but gets the job done behind James Laurinaitis, O.J. Atogwe, Chris Long and James Hall.

For the playoffs to be a reality, though, everyone needs to step their game up. In particular, there are seven guys that the Rams need to have as leaders to get this team to the postseason.

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