KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 09: ESPN personality Chris Berman addresses the crowd during the State Farm Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium on July 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
While meandering around the internet this evening in search of a good read about the St. Louis Rams, I happened to stumble upon an article released today in which the AP Pro32 Panel weighed in on the team.
Much like Tev's roundtable earlier this evening, some slightly more reputable names (just barely) give the world a line or two about the team, and their overall ranking in the NFL.
The Rams seem to have found their home in the late 20's by many prognosticators, but there are a couple of guys named C[h]ris that really aren't drinking the Kool-Aid. Have a look...
ST. LOUIS RAMS (29)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 31) - Jeff Fisher didn't take this job to fail.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 29) - Will see if Jeff Fisher was right to trust Sam Bradford as quarterback to build around.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 31) - Sam Bradford looked good as rookie, but needs to show he can stay healthy.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 29) - Youngest team in football ... need I say more?
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 30) - Sam Bradford looked a lot more comfortable in Brian Schottenheimer's offense during preseason. He still needs more playmakers around him.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 28) - Rams take seven-game losing streak into 2012 season.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 28) - Jeff Fisher makes Rams better, but this is no overnight fix.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 27) - With Jeff Fisher calling shots, Rams will be fundamentally sound and excel on special teams.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 29) - New coach Jeff Fisher has overhauled roster especially on defense, but there's still a lot of work to do. If they stay healthy, they will be slightly better than last year with more of an eye to 2013.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 30) - In time Jeff Fisher will turn this team around. Just not yet.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 28) - Quarterback Sam Bradford already looks much improved from disastrous 2011 season. Bradford's supporting cast, though, still not up to snuff outside of running back Steven Jackson, wide receiver Danny Amendola.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 28) - Early line on Rams: better, but not yet where they want to be.
Let's hear it Rams fans. We've only had four preseason games to judge our new-look Rams team, and honestly I think it's hard to project wins/losses with all of the changes, due in large part to the overhaul of both players and coaches. After winning only two games in 2011, though, I suppose this kind of projection is to be expected. Everyone loves the underdog right?