SAN FRANCISCO -- Imagine rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III coming to face the 49ers on Sunday with an electrified St. Louis Rams offense.
Instead, here is the Rams' reality: They're bringing a still-suspect Sam Bradford, a 28th-ranked offense and a last-place record (3-5).
Rather than select Griffin with the No. 2 overall pick, the Rams preferred a war chest of other draft picks and let the Washington Redskins move up to select "RGIII."
Jeff Fisher earned his first win as Rams coach by defeating the Redskins on Sept. 16. After back-to-back home wins over division rivals Arizona and Seattle, the Rams held a 3-2 mark and were one game out of the NFC West lead. Then came a three-game losing streak, dropping the Rams into their familiar territory.
"One of our biggest problems is shooting ourselves in the foot, killing ourselves with mental mistakes and things that we can control," Bradford told St. Louis reporters last week.