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    Bernie Bytes: Bradford vs. Luck

    3 hours ago ē BY BERNIE MIKLASZ, Post-Dispatch Sports Columnist


    Take Five on Sam Bradford and Andrew Luck:

    1. Iím not defending Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, who needs to develop keener instincts, which will enhance his playmaking ability. But if you donít think having an elite go-to receiver makes a big difference for a young quarterback, then you havenít watched Indianapolis Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck and his exceptional veteran WR, Reggie Wayne. Iíve actually heard some Bradford haters try to make the point that Luck is performing at a high level, even without an impressive supporting cast.

    Huh?

    Reggie Wayne is a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He leads the NFL in receptions this season. During his career, Wayne has finished in the NFLís top five for most catches in a season three times, and heís been among the top 10 leaders in receiving yards five times. Wayne has had 1,000 or more yards receiving in seven of the last eight seasons. The only time he failed to reach 1,000 was in 2011, when the Colts had no quarterback. And Wayne still caught 75 passes for 960 yards.

    The Coltsí win at Jacksonville on Thursday night was the latest example of Wayneís value. In the first quarter Luck targeted Wayne seven times, and completed five. The Colts established an early 3-0 lead. In the second quarter, Luck hit Wayne for a 21-yard pass that set up a TD. In the fourth quarter, after Jacksonville scored to cut Indyís lead to 14, Luck extended a long drive that ended in a field goal by connecting with Wayne for 16 yards on third and three.

    ďReggie has been a great leader for this team and a great leader for the young guys on this team,Ē Luck told reporters after the game.

    2. In his three seasons in St. Louis, has Bradford experienced the benefit of having a receiver thatís as consistently good as Wayne? Heck, no. Danny Amendola is one of the NFLís top slot receivers, and the Rams have a better offense when heís in the game. But two things about Danny, and neither comment should be interpreted as criticism: (A) Amendola hasnít been able to stay healthy; (B) heís never been a Pro Bowl pick. But when Amendola is in the lineup, the Rams are more successful, and so is Bradford.

    3. Oh, and by the way: if youíre thinking Iím making the case that Bradford could be just as effective as A. Luck if the Rams gave him a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver Ö. wrong. Itís reasonable to expect an upturn in Bradfordís performance when the Rams begin to put more playmakers on the field; the impact of rookie WR Chris Givens proves that. But Luck is the superior quarterback.

    4. Thatís expected. Luck came into the 2012 draft as one of the most heralded QB prospects in the history of the draft. Luck had a lengthy, uninterrupted career at Stanford and was a safe bet to become a star. Bradford came out of Oklahoma with a bum shoulder and didnít rise to the level of being considered worthy of the No. 1 overall selection until relatively late in the process. Luck had attained No. 1 overall prospect status even before he left Stanford. Bradford and Luck each were No. 1 overall picks. But not all No. 1 overall picks are equal.

    5. In some ways, the Bradford-Luck conversation is irrelevant. If Luck continues this course, by the end of the year weíll be seeing his name on the short list of QBs that had the best rookie season in NFL history. I like to discuss these things. Itís fun. But Bradford will be judged on the merits of his own career. If Bradford plays great and emerges a difference-making QB that makes the Rams a regular contender, and a frequent postseason participant, then most fans would be happy.

    Have a great weekend Ö

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: Bradford vs. Luck

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    3 hours ago • BY BERNIE MIKLASZ, Post-Dispatch Sports Columnist

    Take Five on Sam Bradford and Andrew Luck:

    The Bradford-Luck conversation is irrelevant.

    — Bernie
    It must be really sad to wake up in the morning, stare at a computer screen, and wonder "what irrelevant thing can I write today?"

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: Bradford vs. Luck

    It's like putting out cheese for a mouse, it just can't resist ..

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: Bradford vs. Luck

    But Luck is the superior quarterback.
    Maybe he is maybe he isn't. The only fact is no one knows yet what either of these guys will be.

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: Bradford vs. Luck

    Bernie Bytes
    .......yes, yes he does.
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    Re: Bernie Bytes: Bradford vs. Luck

    I don't understand why people want to argue Bradford vs. Luck. Its not like the Rams had a choice between the two. If you want to argue, them Bradford vs. RGIII makes more sense.

    But I haven't seen anything in RGIII that warrants giving up all those picks and sitting Bradford. It would not have made sense. Can you imagine what people would be saying about Fisher if we gave up a chance at all those picks to have RGIII lead us to a 6-10 record?

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: Bradford vs. Luck

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiRam View Post
    It's like putting out cheese for a mouse, it just can't resist ..
    Who's the mouse? Rep points for the first one with the right answer ..

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: Bradford vs. Luck

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    Who's the mouse? Rep points for the first one with the right answer ..
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    Re: Bernie Bytes: Bradford vs. Luck

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: Bradford vs. Luck

    The funny part is that neither of you get how ironic you're being.

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: Bradford vs. Luck

    How is he so sure Luck is better? How do we know if Luck has already reached his ceiling or not? He played 4 years under a NFL headcoach in a NFL system so its little surprise he's picked it up quickly but whos saying he can improve his play further?

    Luck vs Bradford first 9 games of their careers

    Luck: 10 passing TDs, 9 INTs, 57.5% comp, 2,631 yds, 79.1 rating, worst game: 51.3 rating, best game: 107.5 rating

    Bradford: 12 passing TDs, 8 INTs, 60.1% comp, 1,925 yds, 81.3 rating, worst game: 46.1 rating, best game: 112.4 rating.

    Now consider how Bradford inherited a team that won somethng like 3 games over the past two seasons. Yes the Colts stunk last year, but its obvious they were tanking games to get Luck. Before last year they had made the playoffs something like 10 straight seasons.

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