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A Rams future without Bradford seems unlikely

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

While Rams Nation anxiously waits for Jeff Fisher to make a final decision between the head-coaching vacancies in St. Louis and Miami, a good chunk of the Rams' current roster twists in the winter wind with more than a few futures in limbo.

There is, however, at least a handful of Rams players on both sides of the ball who we hear are, at least for now, considered to be key keepers, with QB Sam Bradford at the top of the list.

Despite a rocky, injury-plagued sophomore season that was in stark contrast to a stellar rookie campaign, in which he took every snap under center, team sources tell us owner Stan Kroenke remains a huge Bradford fan and has no intention of giving up on a young, hardworking talent whom he still envisions as the long-term face of the franchise.

It was reported in the days leading up to the wild-card weekend that Fisher was not exactly enamored with Bradford. But a dramatically different direction at quarterback under Fisher that does not include the top pick in the 2010 draft would greatly surprise most league observers.

As it stands, Bradford would be forced to adapt to his third different coordinator in three seasons, with Josh McDaniels returning to New England following a one-year stint with the Rams that couldn't have been any more disappointing.

McDaniels' departure was viewed by many close to the scene as a strong indication that Fisher was leaning more toward the Rams' head-coaching job.

Sources had indicated that if Fisher took the Rams' job, he would not retain McDaniels, whose offensive philosophy is out of sync with the more conservative style that Fisher prefers.

Greatly overshadowed by the "two-horse race" between Miami and St. Louis for Fisher's services was the Rams' continued search for a new GM.

The list of prospective candidates was whittled down from nine to eight when Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta ruled himself out of the running.

Planned interviews for the GM post with Titans vice president of football operations Lake Dawson and VP of player personnel Ruston Webster could be another tip-off that Fisher, the former head coach of the Titans, favors coming to work in St. Louis.

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