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Camp Sunshine! After 1-15 season, it's all uphill for the Rams

Chris Chase
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Every team is a Super Bowl contender during training camp, at least that's what the local media in each NFL town seems to think. Puff pieces about teams/players/coaches often read something like, "[Player X] is poised to have a career year because he's getting over [ailment/personal tragedy/weight issues/immaturity]. He will have a key role in [Team Y] making [playoffs/Super Bowl] after last season's [surprise/disappointment]."

To celebrate the brimming positivity being felt by each of the NFL's 32 fanbases, this month Shutdown Corner will take a team-by-team look at the flowery and buoyant prose being written by local columnists and writers, and the hopeful quotes of players and coaches in our daily feature, Camp Sunshine. Today, the St. Louis Rams.

In St. Louis, "good news" is all relative:

So here's the good news: Absolutely nothing happened during the course of Bradford's 1 1/2 quarters on the field that should make the Rams or their decidedly impatient fans have buyer's remorse.

-- Bryan Burwell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

So are "good things":

The Rams had twice as many fights Tuesday morning as they had victories in 2009. And maybe that's a good thing.

-- Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Well, of course you couldn't see it in his face:

The quivering hand pressed against Jason Brown's(notes) backside belonged to the first player chosen in the 2010 NFL draft.

Alas, the week before St. Louis Rams training camp was tough on quarterback Sam Bradford's(notes) nerves. [...]

"You couldn't see it on his face, but I knew he was nervous because when he got under center and put his hand underneath my rear end, his hand was shaking -- it was quivering," Brown said. "And of course, I didn't say anything, but it's a very awkward feeling for me as well when someone has their hand shaking underneath your rear end."

-- Mike Sando, ESPN.com

Party pooper:

It's not easy to compliment Rams rookie wide receiver Mardy Gilyard(notes).

-- Bill Coats, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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