There was an interesting piece from our pal Mike Sando, who covers the NFC West for ESPN.com. The thrust of Sando's angle was a dramatically enhanced comfort level between Rams QB Sam Bradford and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer as they prepare for their second season together.

The back story — for those that missed it the first 7,194 times — is Bradford will be running the same offense for the same coordinator for the second consecutive season for the first time in his Rams' career. Bradford had Pat Shurmur as the OC as a rookie in 2010, Josh McDaniels as the OC in the disastrous 2011, and Schottenheimer as the boss in 2012.

"There were times last year, I remember sitting in meetings, maybe (Schottenheimer) was really comfortable with a play because they had run it in the past and had success with it, but it was new to me and I wasn't as comfortable with it," Bradford told Sando. "Now, I think we have a much better feel for each other."

Schottenheimer was emphatic in stressing the difference.

"The day Sam walked back into the building (this offseason) we started making adjustments," Schottenheimer told Sando. "We are a thousand years ahead of where we were last year.

"The things we are able to do starting this offseason, we are 1,000 years ahead of where we were last year.

"It's been fun to push Sam and have Sam push me, too, in terms of, 'Hey, I can take more.' We're both enjoying having some stability."

A thousand years ahead of where we were last year.

Talk about raising the ante.

Talk about putting the pressure on yourself.

I like it, actually. I want Schottenheimer and Bradford to raise the expectations and aspire to a higher standard.

Bradford played considerably better than he was given credit for by the lazy, short-attention span minds in 2012 _ but there's obviously plenty of areas that require improvement.

In 2013 Bradford will have the most speed, talent and playmaking ability around him since his installation as Rams quarterback in 2010.