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    Burwell: Bradford on fast track in Rams camp

    Bryan Burwell August 10, 2010 12:15 am

    Because it is in his nature to take absolutely nothing to chance, Steve Spagnuolo is the sort of man who manages everything in his coaching life. From the number of water breaks allowed to the time spent on a particular practice field (measured down to the precise second), to which photos hang on the walls along the hallways in Rams Park, there's little that "Spags" has failed to calculate, manipulate or prognosticate to suit his own professional whims.

    When your mentors are Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin - two old-school control freaks of the highest order - you have to expect that their favorite protégé would not only crave control but find sweet comfort in it. So imagine how special the circumstances must be when the Rams' fearless leader is led into a situation he finds increasingly impossible to restrain yet quietly revels in. This is where he is with Sam Bradford.

    The first pick in this year's draft was supposed to be slowly spoon-fed on the demanding challenge of becoming the Rams' starting quarterback. Yet barely two weeks into training camp, instead of a little nibble here and there, the $78-million QB is proving to have a rather voracious appetite for learning. After a sometimes bumpy first week in the NFL, the last six days have been a stunning awakening as he continues to put together eye-opening practice session after eye-opening practice session at such an accelerated pace that Spagnuolo's timetable for slowly grooming Bradford into the starter's role might end up being tossed aside before we get halfway through the exhibition season.

    "He was very effective and very impressive on Thursday, got even better on Friday and that carried over to Saturday's scrimmage," said Tony Softli, a former Rams player personnel man and frequent visitor to practice as a local radio commentator. "Here's what I think they're doing with him. They've given him the keys to the car and now he's started the car. He's playing with the rear-view mirrors and the buttons trying to figure it out. And you know what? They're going to let him drive this car in a little bit. What they're trying to do is make his comfort zone very good and he's already comfortable right now."

    The plan always has been to allow Bradford to not necessarily ease into the job, but carefully grow into it with a well-scripted system that would allow him to become the starter at his own pace. That pace appears to be a 4.2-second sprint now.

    Ever since last Thursday's practice, a light switch seems to have gone off in Bradford's head. It's as if the game has completely slowed down for him, and he is making all the throws we saw him make in college. The most entertaining thing that has gone on at Rams training camp over the last few days is eavesdropping on all the conversations of folks talking about Bradford's best throws.

    Everyone has a different favorite.

    • "Did you see the one to Danny Amendola?"

    • "Nah, how about the one to the back shoulder of Keenan Burton?"

    • "Oh man, you should have seen the one he threw to Donnie Avery. I swear you could hear the ball zipping through the air, it had so much heat on it."

    • "He makes throws that you are kind of blown away by," linebacker James Laurinaitis said. "He made a couple throws in the scrimmage that were sort of remarkable. ... You can just see the natural ability that he has."

    Laurinaitis know a little about the accelerated learning curve of a ballyhooed rookie. A year ago as the second-round pick out of Ohio State, he came in as the kid who was expected to ease into the starting role as the defensive signal-caller at middle linebacker. But he figured things out so quickly that one day he showed up at Rams Park and his middle linebacking mentor, Chris Draft, was gone - cut to make a clean path of succession for Laurinaitis.

    And now Bradford seems to be doing the same thing, opening everyone's eyes with his accuracy, his big arm, his touch and his understanding of the playbook and even the defenses that are being thrown at him.

    I don't know exactly when he will become the starting quarterback, but there's no doubt in anyone's mind out at Rams Park that he's the real deal.

    "The way ‘Spags' does it with his rookies, especially his quarterbacks, is he brings them along slow," said Softli, who says the idea is to allow Bradford to gain a "comfort zone" with the offense. "And when he reaches the comfort zone, that's when they'll start him."

    Now the practice reps are going up for Bradford. In less than a week, he has gone to getting 31 percent of the snaps between the four quarterbacks to basically 50 percent of them, splitting time between the first and second units.

    With the exhibition opener Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome, expect to see him in the game by no later than the third offensive series - with at least one run with the first unit and the entire second quarter with the second unit.

    A lot of people would have preferred to see Bradford just handed the starter's job from Day 1. I like this way better. He already has opened the eyes of his veteran teammates with his poise and talent. Now it's up to him to use the preseason to establish just how soon he does become The Man.


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    Re: Burwell: Bradford on fast track in Rams camp

    I'm as excited as any fan that Sam is coming along so well but this is almost comical. The kid hasn't even thrown a pass against a real rush yet. Did ANY of The Rams starting DBs play in that scrimmage?

    I can't wait to read the sturm und drang when he throws his inevitable boneheaded second pick. The first will be forgiven, explained away. But the second will be a crisis of apocalyptic import.

    Wheee....I love rollercoasters.

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    Re: Burwell: Bradford on fast track in Rams camp

    Hopefully Bradford's "comfort zone" comes sooner than later. I'd like to see him as the starter game 1 of the regular season.

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    Re: Burwell: Bradford on fast track in Rams camp

    I'm sure Bradford's progress is also helped by Feeley's presence in the rapidly growing pool of "Rams QBs who are worse than Tony Banks".

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    Re: Burwell: Bradford on fast track in Rams camp

    Quote Originally Posted by PeoriaRam View Post
    I'm sure Bradford's progress is also helped by Feeley's presence in the rapidly growing pool of "Rams QBs who are worse than Tony Banks".
    Seemed to me Feeley has had a pretty good training camp so far as well, actually...... A little to soon (and harsh) to judge him worse than Banks already?

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    Re: Burwell: Bradford on fast track in Rams camp

    Quote Originally Posted by Azul e Oro View Post
    I'm as excited as any fan that Sam is coming along so well but this is almost comical. The kid hasn't even thrown a pass against a real rush yet. Did ANY of The Rams starting DBs play in that scrimmage?

    I can't wait to read the sturm und drang when he throws his inevitable boneheaded second pick. The first will be forgiven, explained away. But the second will be a crisis of apocalyptic import.

    Wheee....I love rollercoasters.
    I agree with you on most of your points, but I don't think it will get apocalyptic until he gets into double digit picks. Everyone thought Sanchez was the second coming of Broadway Joe until that pick number started getting really high. I don't think Bradford will challenge the pick record like Sanchez did, but he will throw double digits the best in the league do it with much better talent around him.

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    Re: Burwell: Bradford on fast track in Rams camp

    Quote Originally Posted by atcchris View Post
    Seemed to me Feeley has had a pretty good training camp so far as well, actually...... A little to soon (and harsh) to judge him worse than Banks already?
    One pretty good training camp does not override the empirical evidence of a decade of rather poor on field performance.

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    Re: Burwell: Bradford on fast track in Rams camp

    This is one of the more positive and optimistic articles I've read in a while and Peoria still manages to cast a negative light over the whole thing.

    Your Debbie Downer shtick is really getting old man.

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