<
>

Examining Rams' new-age approach to teaching

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- With the youngest roster in the league for the fourth consecutive year, the St. Louis Rams spent the offseason doing some self-examination on their teaching methods.

The Wall Street Journal offered an interesting look at how the Rams went about figuring out how best to connect with such a young generation of players. In the story, Kevin Clark reveals some details on how the Rams realized that today's players (and kids in general) communicate in different ways.

It's yet another sign that Rams coach Jeff Fisher is searching for ways to adapt. We covered his changed practice schedule earlier this week and he deserves credit for being willing to change his ways after coaching in the NFL for so long.

Whether those changes get results remains to be seen but a progressive approach is certainly welcome in these parts.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we opened the day with a look at former Rams on the list of Hall of Fame nominees. ... We then took a humorous dive into the origin of the Rams' 'Mob Squad' moniker. ... Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers says he's working to get better at forgetting the bad and moving on to the next play. ... Spinning the 2012 Robert Griffin III trade forward with the Rams' approach to the 2015 draft. ... Cornerback Trumaine Johnson took another step closer to a return from concussion on Thursday.

Elsewhere:

In their weekly six points, ESPN NFL Insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen have an item on Rams receiver Tavon Austin.

Mike Sando offers statistical insight into the Rams-Washington Redskins matchup.

For the fantasy experts, Matthew Berry offers his week 2 Love/Hate list.

At TheMMQB.com, a great story from a Rams fan who traveled from New Zealand to St. Louis for the season opener.

At 101sports.com, Anthony Stalter writes that a new mentality carried the day for the Rams last week.

At stltoday.com, Ben Frederickson declares it Benny Cunningham appreciation day.