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    Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    Ignore the haters — Bradford is improving

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

    Bernie’s Extra Points:

    • I don’t know what other reviewers are saying, but I thought Sam Bradford played very well in Sunday’s win. The ***** were tremendous defensively, and it wasn’t going to be an easy day for Bradford. The *****’ front seven was pretty much immovable against the run, and that increased Bradford’s challenge. The *****’ coverage was tight, so Bradford frequently had nowhere to go and had to settle for check-down throws.

    • Bradford, however, was efficient and avoided the kind of mistakes that could have doomed the Rams in a close, tense game. The Rams took their shots downfield, without much success. But overall Bradford completed 26 of 39 passes for 221 yards. That’s misleading, because Rams receivers dropped five passes. Bradford was also charged with an incomplete pass when he spiked the ball to stop the clock. Subtracting the spike and the drops, Bradford connected on 26 of 33 passes. And after the first quarter he completed 24 of 28.

    • Bradford also made a patient, accurate throw on the two-point conversion pass to TE Lance Kendricks that tied the game at 10-10. That was a big moment in the game. With the Rams down 13-10 with 1:34 remaining in the 4th quarter, Bradford made two big runs to propel the game-tying drive. He scrambled for 14 yards, and then 11 yards. The ***** were flagged for hitting Bradford late on the second run, and the 15-yard penalty moved the ball to the San Francisco 40-yard line. With the Rams facing a 2nd and 15, and with nothing open downfield, Bradford smartly went short for two completions that picked up 10 yards. It doesn’t look like much on the stat sheet, but those two short passes put kicker Greg Zuerlein in range to tie the game with his 53-yard field goal.

    • In overtime, the Rams had a 3rd and three from their own 48, and Bradford hit Chris Givens on a slant for six yards and a first down. (The pass was thrown slightly behind Givens, who made a poised catch.) Without the third-down conversion, the Rams don’t get the chance to set up Zuerlein for the winning 54-yard field goal. That game probably ends in a 13-13 tie.

    • Feel free to criticize Bradford for not putting up big numbers. Rip him for not throwing a TD pass. Go right ahead and demonstrate your complete lack of knowledge in understanding quarterback play. It doesn’t bother me. Sunday’s game was a brawl, and the fight for yards was brutal. Bradford’s calmness, intelligence and efficiency served his team well.

    • San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick made three crucial mistakes in Sunday’s loss.

    (1) On a play that began on his own 17-yard line, he retreated into the end zone and got trapped. Forced to discard the football, Kaepernick was penalized for intentional grounding, and the Rams were awarded a two-point safety that began their comeback.

    (2) Kaepernick’s errant pitch to Ted Ginn Jr. resulted in a fumble that was cashed in by Rams rookie CB Janoris Jenkins in the game’s most pivotal play.

    (3) With the ***** tied 10-10 and in excellent position to put the game away, Kaepernick inexplicably ran out of bounds to stop the clock with 1 minute 44 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. The Niners should have bled the clock before David Akers’ go-ahead field goal. But instead of getting the ball back with less than a minute remaining, the Rams had 1:34 to work with. And that left plenty of time for Bradford to come up with a quick 40-yard advancement on his two runs and the accompanying personal-foul penalty.

    • Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young made a spot-on comment Monday: “A huge aspect of playing quarterback is avoiding mistakes that put your team in a hole. I’d say 75 percent of a quarterback’s value comes in the way he manages the game.”

    • Bradford did an exceptional job of managing Sunday’s game. Kaepernick did not. I thought Bradford displayed impressive mental toughness with Sunday’s game on the line. The runs were large.

    “Sam, he sees things very well,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “He played very well. He threw balls away today. He made some tight throws. I thought he played really well against a tough defense and then, obviously, you’ve got man-to-man commitments with the linebackers and secondary. In two-minute (situations), that’s what he does – he’s coached to run. People don’t see him necessarily as a guy that can make plays with his legs, but he did that. That was a huge part of that drive.”

    • If anything Bradford should run more often. He’s an athlete. He’s mobile. He can make a difference by picking his spots and taking off.

    • Pro Football Reference credits Bradford with three fourth-quarter comebacks and two game-winning drives this season. (The number of GW drives would have been doubled were it not for the Rams' defense surrendering two late leads.)

    • By the way, for the season, here are Bradford’s numbers when the Rams are in the 4th quarter and either leading by a touchdown or less or trailing by a touchdown or less … in other words, money time: 47 attempts, 33 completions (70.2 percent), 4 TDs, 1 interception, 8.17 yards per attempt and a passer rating of 114.1. That passer rating ranks 5th among NFL starting QBs.

    • In the last two games, Bradford has completed 16 of 20 passes when he targets Givens. They’re onto something.

    • According to Pro Football Focus, Bradford ranks 9th among NFL quarterbacks in adjusted accuracy when under the pressure of a pass rush. (Adjusted accuracy takes dropped passes into account, which is the fair way to completely assess a QB’s performance.)

    Don't listen to the haters.

    Bradford is improving.

    Thanks for reading …

    — Bernie


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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    ...says the guy who, two weeks ago, said Bradford took a big step back.

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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    Bernie, you idiot baastad.
    I'm the guy that walks up after the argument's started.

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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    SO!

    What he is saying is dont listen to him?

    Now I really am confused!


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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    Thats life for a quarterback in the NFL. Damned if you do, Damned if you don't. I bet the ****** hate kaepernick right now but the two games before the rams i bet they were thinking he was god all mighty and the answer to their SB hopes. But yeah, Bernie really is a head case band wagoner that jumps on or off a ship depending on the size of the rust but just so happens to be made out of wood. Confusing.

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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    Bradford needs to play well Sunday- or a "Bradford Questioned by Unnamed Team Execs" article by bernie awaits us next Monday.

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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    ...says the guy who, two weeks ago, said Bradford took a big step back.
    Nick, you're absolutely right. And my guess is that point is completely lost on him.
    Quote Originally Posted by BM
    Bradford did an exceptional job of managing Sunday’s game. Kaepernick did not. I thought Bradford displayed impressive mental toughness with Sunday’s game on the line. The runs were large.
    And this is why the term "game manager" should NOT have a negative connotation to it.

    Bradford = excellent game manager......and his team won.

    Kaepinglehymerschmidt = horrible game manager.....and his team lost.
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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    While I'm no Bernie fan. And he can say some ridiculous things. People making improvements can take a step back. It is part of the process.

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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    Quote Originally Posted by supachump View Post
    While I'm no Bernie fan. And he can say some ridiculous things. People making improvements can take a step back. It is part of the process.
    That is true, but he writes that crap to feed the haters and to piss off the so called apologist.

    He wrote about how Bradford had stepped back or got worse. When in fact he had a bad game nothing more. He could have wrote Bradford should learn from this game. Now just two weeks later he's using Bradford's stats to tell us something we already knew, he's pretty good. Does he really think fans are idiots and need him to tell us what his passer rating is or how many 4th quarter come backs he has?

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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Does he really think fans are idiots and need him to tell us what his passer rating is or how many 4th quarter come backs he has?
    I don't think that Bernie thinks fans are idiots. I think Bernie has an obligation to write a column and struggles with finding enough original items to talk about. So, he waivers back and forth stepping on his own toes from previous weeks. It is a common amateur writing mistake. Only problem is, Bernie shouldn't be an amateur by this point.

    I have to say, I do enjoy listening to Bernie on the radio when he talks to Sando. His writing on the other hand. ehh, not so much. Occasionally, there is something interesting in there.
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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    Bernie hates the haters so much that he writes weekly columns to address their concerns.

    Guess if he simply ignored them he'd have nothing else to write about.

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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    can it be, it at all possible, that despite how irritating Bernie is that he has managed "to take a step backwards"?
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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    Quote Originally Posted by LA Rammer View Post
    can it be, it at all possible, that despite how irritating Bernie is that he has managed "to take a step backwards"?
    Bradford taking a step backwards and Bernie being irritating are not, in fact, mutually exclusive concepts.

    However, Bernie's "flag-in-the-wind" analysis approach certainly does not shine any light on this subject.

    If you look at the games since the bye week, Bradford has had passer ratings of 104.1 (@SF), 64.7 (NYJ), 106.3 (@AZ) and 81.3 (SF). I don't see a step forward, followed by a step back, followed by a step forward, followed by a half-step back. I see a QB who is generally playing well, but has not reached the level of consistency that you see from the elite QBs of the league (though even they have bad games, i.e. Drew Brees last week).

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    Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

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    Re: Bernie: Ignore The Haters - Bradford Is Impoving

    Quote Originally Posted by supachump View Post
    I don't think that Bernie thinks fans are idiots. I think Bernie has an obligation to write a column and struggles with finding enough original items to talk about. So, he waivers back and forth stepping on his own toes from previous weeks. It is a common amateur writing mistake. Only problem is, Bernie shouldn't be an amateur by this point.

    I have to say, I do enjoy listening to Bernie on the radio when he talks to Sando. His writing on the other hand. ehh, not so much. Occasionally, there is something interesting in there.
    Fair enough, does that also include when he can't find something to write about he writes about so called rumors. Like dropping Fisher's name for Tenseness job? There is plenty to write about but only the controversial crap sells. Only an idiot would have thought twice about Fisher leaving so I conclude he must think we are idiots to bite on such nonsense.
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