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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Offseason Blueprint: Rams

By Nick Wagoner

Perhaps more than any offseason in recent memory, what the St. Louis Rams accomplish this year will go a long way in determining the future of the franchise.

With that in mind, our team of ESPN NFL Insiders put their heads together to come up with a blueprint Insider for the Rams' 2014 offseason.

This is the third year of the Jeff Fisher era, and though the Rams play in the league's toughest division, the jump from awful to mediocre doesn't figure to sustain the fan base for much longer. The Rams have quietly targeted this as the breakout year since Fisher and Snead were hired. The time has come to take the next step, but that can't happen without pressing all the right offseason buttons.

For the many moving parts mentioned in this blueprint, none stands above quarterback Sam Bradford. His injury issues have brought durability questions, and he has yet to meet lofty expectations. The need for Bradford to step up is obvious, not only so the Rams can contend, but also to shape the team's long-term future at the game's most important position.