St Louis Rams: Why to stick with Sam Bradford

Coming out of college, the expectations were extremely high for former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. The Heisman trophy winner with a Golden arm signed the richest rookie deal ever with over 20 million in guaranteed money. There was an immense amount of pressure on him to perform at a high level, and he did.

In his rookie season in 2010, Bradford won the NFC offensive rookie of the year and broke the record for completions in a season. Although the Rams went a mediocre 7-9 that year, all indications were that the Rams had found their franchise quarterback who would led them for years to come.

Then, the injury bug struck. Bradford suffered a severe high ankle sprain during 2011 that kept him out of seven games. He finished that year with just 6 touchdowns against 6 interceptions. He was able to bounce back in 2012 with a respectable 21 touchdowns, 60% completion percentage, and almost 4,000 yards.

2013 was the year he was supposed to put it all together. It was an offseason in which he could focus on improving his game, rather than just getting healthy. He was off to a great start but then tore his ACL, causing him to miss the entire season. He was on pace last year to throw over 30 touchdowns with less than 10 interceptions.

I believe that if he can stay healthy, Bradford will finally prove that he is an above average quarterback in this league capable of leading his team to the playoffs. The Rams have put together a solid offensive line this year so Bradford will most likely stay upright and avoid any type of injury. They also feature a potent running game that will take the pressure off Bradford and allow him to strike in the play action passing attack.

Although Bradford might not be the elite quarterback some people though he was going to be, he still has a strong arm and makes good decisions when he is not under pressure. I think the Rams are following the same type of blueprint that brought the Steelers and Ravens championships in the past. That is, a great running attack paired with an aggressive, attacking defense with a quarterback who is not asked to do to much.

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Sam Bradford (Photo by: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

One of the reasons I believe that Bradford has received so much scrutiny, aside from the fact of him being a number one overall pick, is that Rams fans were spoiled by the “Greatest show on Turf” with the likes of Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger picking apart defenses with Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt catching passes.

Rams fans need to get used to the new direction that the team is taking. This smash mouth style of play does not require an elite quarterback with superhero receivers, just ask fans in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Although they will not admit it, Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger were not elite quarterbacks but controlled the ball and made plays when they needed to while relying on a solid running game and fierce defense.

In 2014, Sam Bradford will show that he is a leader who is capable of controlling the ball and clock and not making to many mistakes. He will get the ball in playmakers hands and let them do what they do. Rams fans should have faith in Bradford not for being an elite quarterback, but for being able to manage the game make plays when the coaching staff asks him to.

  • Joseph Devito

    Rams will not be improved…here’s why… Bradford is not the answer, he has already proven it…There is no impact receiver,despite all the recent draft picks…There is no free safety and there is undersized corners in the secondary… It is starting to look like Robinson could be a bust.

    • Ric

      I have to ask…Do you look for all the Rams articles just to grind your axe? Your post as it often is, is not up to a 10 year old intelligence level. Even if you are right, which I agree is at least 50% probable, The young non-rookies will be better , the coaching will be better, the back up QB is better. What ever your beef is, you are letting it cloud your judgment or you are just a hater spooing filth to entertain yourself.

      • nullianac

        I agree with Richard . . . furthermore – why even post on here just to whine about childlike (& blatantly ignorant) stances, that have only frustration behind them, and absolutely no substance? This is the BEST time to be a Rams fan. Year 3 . . . hmmmmmmm, Greatest Show took how long under Vermeil? Oh, yeah. Bradford is a genuinely nice guy, with a good deal of talent. The defense is going to be stellar (including the secondary under Williams – look up his past success in that category, even with far inferior front 7s), and we have excellent coaches (for the most part). This will be fun, no matter what. Rams forever!

        • PETER URESTE

          WE NEED GODD RECEIVERS THAT CAN CATCH THE BALLS BEEN A RAM FAN FOR A LONG TIME GET THE MANGER TO SPEND SOME MONEY SHOWS US HE WANTS TO WIN GET SOME TOP PLAYERS LETS STAY ON TOP WIN OUR DIVISION AND GET ANOTHER SUPPER BOWL PETER URESTE

          • PETER URESTE

            MAMGEMENT NEEDS TO REALIZE AND STEP IT UP THERE ARE A LOT OF RAM FANS OUT THERE FOR A LONG TIME WE NEED TO STAY ON TOP OR SELL THE TEAM TO SOMONE WHO WANTS TO WIN AND MAKE ALL OF US RAMS PROUD WE ARE BEHIND YOU NOWS THE TIME TAKE CHANCES THROW THE BALL LOVE MY RAMS

      • Joseph Devito

        For your information, I have been a Rams fan for the past 25 + years… HOT SHOT…. Do you remember Ferragamo and McCutcheon and Youngblood and how about Roman Gabriel and Jack Snow… My comments are meant to fire up us fans to demand this organization finally puts together a winning team. I am tired of seeing this offense sputter game after game. I watch every game only to be disappointed by the Niners and Hawks and now even the Cardinals progressing past us. Some of the mistakes being made by management are obvious and should be pointed out. Pointed out so that maybe, although I doubt it, someone will listen.

        • Ric

          Woots, a quality post from you. I’ve been a fan since 71 not that it matters. Please look back at your posts and responses. You aren’t firing up fans, you are alienating yourself from fellow fans. Negative first doesn’t work, especially when a majority of fans are seeing progress, however slow. Your talking points aren’t the issue, it’s your delivery if firing up is your goal. Chances are extremely good even if coaching agreed with you, we aren’t getting a new QB, rookie Guard or bigger corners this season. At this point all we can do is not color our season black before it starts and hope again, that’s what fans do. Glad to see you cared enough to respond though, there might be hope for you. GO RAMS!

          • Joseph Devito

            I’ll take your comment with a grain of salt. Your right, the negativity is not productive. Just hope management might see a couple of things that might be going unnoticed. I really think the undersized players are a liability. And I do hope Bradford succeeds…I would be very happy. Just haven’t seen much effectiveness the past three years and the injury scares me. Wished they would have drafted Watkins and Clinton-Dix but your right,it is what it is.

        • William Smith

          Ferragamo was average at best. It was the era of the quarterback carousel for the L.A. Rams at that time. McCutcheon was considered one of the break away boys. We also had Harold Jackson and Ron Jessi at receiver. See I remember Willie Ellison and Les Josephsen in the backfield with a Hugh hall of fame offensive line matched by an all pro and hall of fame defensive that featured Merlin Olsen and David Deacon Jones. Last I have to add this. Go back and look at our Super Bowl winning team and tell me who was hall of fame material on that defense. Not one player. It was well coached. by lovie smith. And the players bought into the system. Sometimes all you need is continuity within your players. Tim Walton stunk as a defensive coordinator. Passing on Dix and Wadkins may be good moves. Guys like those are me players. Evans was the guy I wanted. Anyway we are improved on both sides of the ball so get excited. Remaining healthy is the key for this team.

          • Joseph Devito

            You are right, Ferragamo was average but they did have pro bowl players on that team…how about Jack and Joel Youngblood. You are wrong about Watkins and Clinton-Dix. We desperately need help at safety and Fisher made a mistake regarding Tavon Austen so highly. We still, after all those draft picks…need a number 1 wideout, Watkins will prove to be a premier receiver. But look at what we got…Granted Robinson was highly regarded by everyone but there are already red flag rumblings. And did we really need Aaron Donald…as good as he may be (and I think his size is a concern), a safety with size and talent was a much higher priority. Especially on a defense that gave up a ton of points in the air.

          • Ric

            Jack and Jim not Joel. I agree with most of your concerns. Donald’s lean body mass is equal to 3 technique DT’s he just doesn’t have as much fat. Joyner seems too smart and driven. The rest that are small for their size including Austin, worry me too. The DB’s especially. Robinson could easily be another Quick, lots of talent and potential but unable to learn the game. All that said, everyone of them may prove us wrong. There are however plenty of players that did real well, being undersized or eventually learned the game. I will hope another London Fletcher in that undersized bunch. Peace and thanks for toning it down good sir.

          • Ric

            Haven’t seen that pic on Fox for a good while. Good to see you are still around.

      • William Smith

        Great post

  • Bill Holstein

    Nice read. Go Rams!

  • Tommy_Fitz

    It seems like every year the Rams are re-building. They are in the toughest division in the history of pro football and they have draft picks hoarded away for years to come. What good are those picks if you are always “Re-Building. I don’t think Bradford is the answer either but right now he is all we have.
    Good Luck Rams………….Been a fan for 47 years!!

    • William Smith

      Awesome post… I’ve been a fan since the sixties and I understand that every team has gone the rebuilding phase. The Rams are going to compete this season baring injury. It’s the nature of the game. We have done some nice work on defense through both the draft and free agency. Now we have to remain healthy. But I have to admit I’m not a big fan of offensive coordinator Brian schottenheimer.

  • RamFan

    it’s inexcusable for someone studying English, to have so many spelling errors. I could have done a better job, honestly.

  • RamFan

    OK maybe there are not “So Many” but there are more than there should be, which is ZERO.

  • Ray Milhon

    It appears I somewhat disagree with most of the posters here. At least as far as our Wide Receivers go. The difference (in my opinion) between the wide receivers we have now and the ones we had during the GSOT period is a leader. I think the receivers we have now match up very well one on one to those receivers of the past what we lack is Isaac Bruce or at least a receiver with his experience and leadership. Not sure about Britt but none of our other receivers have more than 3 years in the league and I don’t think Britt has the leadership Isaac did to mentor the younger receivers so there are more growing pains there now than we had then. As far as safety and corner the jury is still out but I’m not sure they’re better or worse than what we had in 99. I like the Donald pick with our front 7 the corners and safeties don’t have to be all pro’s they just need to be able to cover the receivers for a few seconds. Again that’s my opinion. I’ve looked at our schedule and I am predicting an 10-6 season. A few breaks go our way and that turns to 12-4.