When you look at the bottom of the NFL standings, something jumps out at you…

— The Houston Texans have gone from a couple of strong years to the bottom of the league.
— The Atlanta Falcons have gone from the NFC championship game to the bottom of the league.
— The Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins have gone from the playoffs to the bottom of the league.

This didn’t happen gradually over time. It happened in a year.

Why?

Because some teams are built to sprint, while some are built to run the distance.

We don’t know where the Rams are going to end up, but one thing is clear. This team, whatever its fate, is bult for the long haul.

A relatively young core, consisting of Sam Bradford, Zac Stacy, Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Jared Cook, Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers, Chris Long, James Laurinaitis, Alec Ogletree and some high pick rookies to be selected in 2014 will have a chance to play together for several years and become… something.

I think the basic blueprint: a team that can run the ball, that has playmakers in the passing game, can rush the passer from a strong front four, and plays tough, hard-nosed football, can succeed.

I don’t know if it will succeed.

But, if it does, its going to be a several year run.

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