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AP Pro32 comments about Rams
NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the St. Louis Rams by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
Chris Berman (ESPN, 29) - Youngest team in the league with top coach. Interesting.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 27) - Almost pulled a Week 1 upset, but Sam Bradford and this offense could still struggle.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 29) - Rams corners are the best they have had in years.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 29) - Close but no cigar, encouraging signs from Bradford.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 30) - Excellent initial effort by a defense that forced three Matthew Stafford picks, but Rams can't close the deal as Stafford and Calvin Johnson heat up. Some promising signs at least.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 28) - The losing streak is now at eight and counting.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 22) - OK, so close doesn't count, but it should for this team. It went to Detroit and nearly pulled the upset. I don't expect St. Louis to win a lot, but they're already competitive ... and that's a start.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 28) - Jeff Fisher's debut on the St. Louis sidelines proved both encouraging and frustrating.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 28) - The Jeff Fisher influence was obvious right away on the Rams. It is going to be difficult to protect Sam Bradford with the offensive line issues and injuries.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 29) - They battled very hard like you would expect a Jeff Fisher coached team to do and came up a little short. That might be the story of the Rams 2012 season.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 26) - The defense already has shown noticeable improvement in Jeff Fisher's first season as coach. The offense? Not so much. Offensive line injuries at center (Scott Wells) and left tackle (Rodger Saffold) are particularly troublesome.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 27) - Rams scored their first moral victory in what may be a season of many moral victories.
Updated September 11, 2012