The 2011-12 NFL regular season is one the St. Louis Rams would like to forget, and one recently fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Bill Devaney wished had never happened. The Rams entered Week 17 as the lowest-ranked team in the entire NFL, but for the final NFL Power Rankings for 2011-12 on SB Nation, Joel Thorman moved the Rams up one spot to No. 31 overall. It's still the worst ranking for an NFC team, but not the absolute bottom of the NFL, so that's...something.
As for the rest of the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers finished at No. 5, Arizona Cardinals made a move to No. 15 after a poor start and the Seattle Seahawks managed to fall in a No. 23. A top-five team and another in the top half of the NFL is good for a division that lacked a top team last season, but the Rams really drag down the reputation of the division at the end of the season.
Here is what Thorman had to say about the final resting place for the 2011-12 St. Louis Rams:
31. St. Louis Rams (2-14, LW: 32): The Rams were in the last spot but they played the 49ers tough so I'm giving them some credit. The bidding for their No. 2 pick starts...now.
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