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    Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    By Jim Thomas

    As much as he'd like to shut off his brain and watch Sunday's NFC championship game as a fan, Sam Bradford knows that won't be possible.

    "You watch San Fran and you know their scheme," Bradford told the Post-Dispatch. "You watch Seattle and you know their scheme. It's kind of interesting watching that, and their game plans, and how they feel they should attack them and what the best ways are to do it."

    And while he's doing that, Bradford undoubtedly will be thinking to himself: "How are we going to be able to beat these guys next season?"

    In 2010, Bradford's rookie season, the 7-8 Rams closed the regular season in a winner-take-all contest with the 6-9 Seahawks for the NFC West title. That's how weak the West was just three years ago. Seattle won that game 16-6, and because it had the tiebreaker edge over the Rams, the Seahawks became NFC West champions and earned a playoff berth with a 7-9 record.

    "It's completely changed from when I first came in," Bradford said. "It's definitely tough. You look at Arizona goes _ what 10-6? _ and they're the third team in our division and don't make the playoffs. It's tough, but we believe that we can be the best team in this division and we can compete with everyone in our division.

    "I think we showed it last year (2012) with what we were able to do against those teams. Even this year, playing Seattle the way we did at home, beating Arizona at home. We know we can do it. It's just a matter of getting to that point where we're playing consistent enough to do it."

    The Rams went 4-1-1 against the NFC West in 2012. This past season the record was 1-5, but Bradford played in only two games against the West _ a victory over Arizona and a loss to San Francisco _ before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Game 7 against Carolina.

    "I think Kellen did a great job," Bradford said, referring to backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, who started the final nine games following Bradford's injury. "Obviously that is not an easy situation to come into at all. Your first start being against Seattle on 'Monday Night Football' _ that's tough.

    "And I thought he handled everything very well. Not just the on-the-field stuff. I thought he played tremendous, but just the way he carried himself in the locker room, the way he took over the offense and became a leader. I couldn't have been more proud of Kellen and the job he did this year."

    Even though Bradford wasn't on the field to experience most of it first hand, he said he saw noticeable improvement over the final 12 games of the season after the team switched to a run-first approach on offense following the embarrassing 35-11 loss to San Francisco in Game 4.

    "Oh absolutely," he said. "There's no doubt about it. When we started the 'new season' in Week 5, I think if you just look at what we were able to do from that point, and the mentality of this football team, you know it was completely changed."

    After that disheartening loss to the ***** dropped the Rams' record to 1-3, Fisher told the team _ in an effort to get their spirits up _ that those games were an extended preseason and the real season started in Game 5 against Jacksonville.

    The Rams went 6-6 over the final 12 games, including resounding victories over AFC South champion Indianapolis, NFC wild-card team New Orleans, and playoff contender Chicago.

    "The way that we were able to establish the run and get the running game going on offense, and then set up some of the play-action stuff," Bradford said. "I felt like our younger guys really came along, especially towards the end.

    "You look at what Sted (Stedman Bailey) was able to do. You know, his role increased as the season went along. I think Tavon (Austin) became more comfortable, obviously before his injury.

    "And Zac (Stacy) played tremendous, not only running the football but being able to come in and handle all the protections and being able to hold up on third down. That's not easy. That's tough on a young guy.

    "So I definitely think that this football team made some strides and got better as the year went along."

    Bradford doesn't think the Rams are that far off from being a legitimate playoff contender.

    "I think we're close," he said. "Like I said earlier, I think it's a matter of us being more consistent and playing to our fullest potential each week, and not having those drops where we don't perform that way some weeks. But you look at some of our wins this year, some of the teams that we beat. Beat New Orleans who was a playoff team. Beat Indy who was a playoff team.

    "So it's not far off. I think everyone saw that we have the talent to compete and to play with anyone. It's just a matter of us just finishing a few more games. I don't know how we do that, but we'll look at that in the offseason and figure out what we need to do. I think we're right there."


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    Re: Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    Obviously the pain medication has him a little delusional right now....poor brotha.
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    Re: Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    A realistic / positive observation from a leader. Even if it is somewhat biased, that's okay!

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    Re: Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    Troubling that Bradford mentioned Fisher told the team weeks 1-5 where an extended preseason-that's a huge head start your giving your division opponents; about the only way that kind of ground could be made up is if they all flopped.

    I would agree over all with Bradford's evaluation. And there is no doubt the Rams have the talent to challenge for the NFC West. He did fail to mention that in the long run, the Rams are in better long term position then either the 49whinners or Seagulls, knowing at some point both teams have to pay their bar tab for the players they went out and got.

    Perhaps it will be a Rams/Cards season in 2014 or 2015 since both have plenty of room to maneuver within their teams. Where as both the 49whinners/Seagulls have stay up much latter doing their homework to find those elements to keep viable

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    Re: Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    If we're going to challenge for our division title we can't have any of those major let downs. The Cowboys game is a real head scratcher for me. The Cowboys just weren't a very good team and they manhandled us bigtime!

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    Re: Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Dragoon View Post
    Troubling that Bradford mentioned Fisher told the team weeks 1-5 where an extended preseason-that's a huge head start your giving your division opponents
    Part of the story is that Fisher told the team this AFTER they had already played those games. It wasn't meant as a sleeping pillow, but rather to mentally start over, on a season that wasn't going as hoped.
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    Re: Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Dragoon View Post
    Troubling that Bradford mentioned Fisher told the team weeks 1-5 where an extended preseason-that's a huge head start your giving your division opponents; about the only way that kind of ground could be made up is if they all flopped.
    Here is what happened after we started 1-3...


    By BRYAN BURWELL
    Over these past two weeks, I have to admit that I was having a few moments of doubt about Fisher. I know he’s done it before. I knew history suggested that he knew how to do it again. But after that rocky horror show against the Cowboys and Niners, my faith was severely tested.

    But oddly enough, inside Rams Park, that’s precisely when faith in Fisher rose to even higher levels of certainty.

    “The guys in this locker room weren’t happy with the way we played those first four weeks,” said Quinn. “And (Fisher) knew he had to do something to get us back up again. Coach Fisher’s been doing this a long time and he knows how to jump-start a team.”

    Last week, we heard snippets of how Fisher told his players to basically wipe out the first four weeks of their 1-3 regular season as an extension of the preseason. But on Sunday after the game, we learned more details of how Fisher executed this little psychological ploy. At the team’s Friday morning meeting in the Rams Park main auditorium after the Niners debacle, according to several witnesses, Fisher walked into the room in street clothes as is his normal habit on the day after games. But soon after stepping to the podium on the small stage at the front of the room, the coach surprised the players and coaches by abruptly walking out of the room.

    “I’ll be right back,” he told them, as the room was filled with a puzzled buzz.

    A few moments later, Fisher came through the same door, and he was dressed in his training camp garb, with a collarless T-shirt, shorts and a whistle dangling from a lanyard.

    That’s how he set the emotional stage for them to pretend that training camp had just ended. But then he went a step further to lift the mood of the room. After the speech, he rolled a large cooler of beer into the room and told everyone to grab a bottle.

    And right then and there, they buried their eight-game preseason and with cold brews in their hands and bottles raised to the sky, the players and coaches toasted the start of the new season.

    That entire meeting was supposed to be a little team secret, but word of such stuff has a funny way of filtering out to inquisitive minds. As one player told me, he’s never been around a coach whose instincts are so well in tuned to the heartbeat of his team.

    “When you have a mentally tough head coach,” said team captain Chris Long, “he can will your team back into it.”

    My take on this is Fisher thinks outside the box and knows sometimes you have to make a statement to get a young teams attention. We went on to be 3-3 and then lost Sam.. He followed this act up with "Give 'em hell with Kell"
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    Re: Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    I recall this pass preseason. Most of the bloggers here where disappointed with what they where seeing, calling it "Vanilla", giving Fisher benefit of the doubt not tipping his hand to what he has, or showing confidence in Fisher that he would have the Rams ready for the start of the season. Well the 2013 season is now part of the record books, and we are all not satisfied with the results.

    Oddly under the Spag/McDaniels reign the Rams where winning the preseason games, but it was disturbing seeing Bradford taking all those hits. But again we all stood behind the coaching staff, saying they know what they are doing, all these glaring problems will be fixed by the start of the season...etc....etc.

    I know preseason means NOTHING and its still 0-0 at the start of the regular season. But it is troubling to see this pattern and not sure what to take away from it. After the first 5 games, it was despairing to watch them play.

    Personally I'd rather see the Fisher magic at the start of a season and throughout the season in getting his team ready each weekend. We all have that game that just sticks in our throats where we are the most disappointed, mine is the Falcons game. Not knowing it at the time, the Rams season was pretty much over going into week 7--yah within the NFC West if your not on your "A" game EVERY weekend there is little or no post season

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    Re: Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    Since winning and losing in the pre-season doesn't matter, the key is playing well. The Rams, in my opinion, did NOT play particularly well for much of the pre-season. Some on the forum downplayed it ("Fisher isn't showing his hand", "We'll be fine once regular season starts", etc.) as if a team can just automatically turn it up a notch once regular season starts. It doesn't work that way. If you practice like crap and scrimmage like crap, you won't be very good once the games start to count. Pre-season is as much about preparation as it is about personnel or anything else.

    We must hope our early struggles in 2013 were the byproduct of youth and hope we chalked it up to "lessons learned" so we don't repeat past mistakes.

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    Re: Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    For us to challenge for the division, we need to come together as a team, not simply collect talent via the draft or FA. Part of that process will mean that our younger players become more disciplined (less stupid penalties), smarter on the field (anticipate plays) and help everyone play better not just themselves. All under the leadership of Sam Bradford. I'm hoping that begins during the OTA's & pre-season. As NJ says, it's a continuous process that you see from teams that are perennially contenders, not one season wonders.

    Go Rams!

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    Re: Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    With so many rookies and second year guys starting is there any wonder that it tiook a third of a season for the team to jell? I think most experts predicted that for this young team.

    Their locker room looked like a college team, these are 21 and 22 and 23 year old kids playing against grizzled veterans week after week. They also had a number of veteran free agents starting for a new team, ina new system to them.

    They also played a pretty tough slate of opponents.
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    Re: Bradford on Rams: "I think we're close"

    It was interesting to hear the new Lions coach Jim Caldwell speak to developing quarterbacks this morning. His view is that it usually takes 4 to 5 years to bring young qb's along. That's why he's sold on going to Detroit to work with Stafford.

    Is there anything ever heard or reported as to Frank Cignetti's effectiveness with Bradford?

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