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Friday, January 21, 2011
On the bright side: St. Louis Rams

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The premise: We spend much of the offseason focusing on teams' problems. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. and I discussed some of those Friday during a wide-ranging conversation on the NFC West, but there were also some positives. I'm breaking out one for each team, continuing with the St. Louis Rams.

St. Louis Rams

Matt Williamson: Sam Bradford will have to learn a new system with Josh McDaniels as the coordinator, but I don't think it's going to be a big stumbling block for him. He is very bright.  McDaniels is a very good offensive mind. He did good things with Kyle Orton, and Kyle Orton is a very average player. In Denver, they had all those light, athletic offensive linemen and McDaniels changed everything. I don't think he has to change much in St. Louis. He also got a ton out of Brandon Lloyd, who was awesome this year and hadn't shown much in the past. Maybe McDaniels can get one of those so-so receivers to step up for the Rams.

Mike Sando: McDaniels has a reputation for being a little pass-happy. Does his hiring mean bad things for Steven Jackson?

Matt Williamson: I think he wants to run the ball. He drafted Knowshon Moreno with the 12th pick in Denver with the intentions of having that guy, and he wanted that position to be a very well-rounded, do-it-all player. Moreno has been hurt and underachieved, but he played well at the end of the year. Now, McDaniels has that guy in Jackson. He will be a versatile, all-around guy. They just need to use a third-round pick on a versatile young back and give him 150 carries.