A lot of the time i see the criticism of Bradford being that he isn't as good as Rodgers or Brady or Manning.
But at the same time, here is a list of 10 NFL teams that would take Bradford over their current starter:
New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
And that was just the easy ones without even going into questions as to whether Bradford would be better than players like Romo, Cutler or Schaub
The Rams just finished a season that has given us hope. We did not win the division nor make it as a wild card entrant. We did not have a winning season. I am hopeful but far from satisfied. I want to see us in the post season NOW. This means the team needs to improve across the board, including the play of our esteemed QB. Making the observations on areas of improvement is a natural and honest way for fans in looking at a team.
macrammer ( Not a Bradford or RAM BASHER but fan that looks at the team in a realistic and open minded perspective)
Fortune stats only present a part of the story. If you really feel that Ponder and Cam have clearly faired better this year than the past year then there is not point in having this discussion.
Even if you think Cam's rookie season was better statistically, my point is, there was not enough of a significant drop off to suggest a sophomore slump.
As for Ponder, I would've thought that I would not have to argue a point, that if a man who improves in just about every major statistical category and helps his team win 7 more games than they did last year, he's obviously had no sophomore slump.
But I stand corrected.
And by the way, Adrian Petersen played for Minnesota last year also, for those who've forgotten.
As for Sammy, I believe I've already agreed that he had a sophomore slump.
Maybe you should be addressing Crazyhorns with your commentary.
Here is something interesting about Sam Bradford: HE IS THE MOST IMPROVED QB IN THE NFL here is a recent article from ESPN insider Vince Verhei:
take it for what it is...I am just confident that Sam (not russel wilson not andrew luck not RGIII) Bradford is the QB that is going to lead us to many victories next yearQuote:
Worse than his standard statistics made him look: Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Griffin led the league in yards per pass with a higher completion rate and half as many interceptions as Wilson, which may have you wondering how on earth Wilson finished higher in our rankings. Strength of schedule is part of it. Wilson had to endure the brutal NFC West defenses, while Griffin's schedule was somewhat easier than average. Without opponent adjustments, Griffin's DVOA was five points higher than Wilson's; with them, it was three points lower. Also, Griffin's yardage total was skewed by a small number of very big plays. Many of his completions were actually dink-and-dunk plays. All told, 27 percent of his completions failed to gain meaningful yardage toward a new set of downs. Of the 27 quarterbacks with at least 200 completions, only Jay Cutler, Weeden and Christian Ponder had a higher share of dump-offs and checkdowns.
Most improved: Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
One year ago we listed Bradford under "biggest decline," but he took many steps forward in his third season. He finished 16th in passing DYAR after finishing 39th as a rookie and 43rd in 2011. Bradford averaged more yards and touchdowns per pass than ever before, and like Wilson, he had to play against the nasty defenses of the NFC West.
Three surprising players from Week 17
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis
With opponent adjustments, this was Bradford's best game of the year and a good omen for 2013. Bradford wasn't sacked by the Seahawks and his only interception came on his last throw of the game in a somewhat desperate situation. He finished 25-of-42 for 252 yards with a touchdown. He was best on throws up the middle, going 10-of-14 for 98 yards and five first downs, including the touchdown.
And the thread was made to prove a point barring injuries SAM is out starting QB opening night so instead of debating his abilities or comparing him to other qbs we should be debating about how to improve the talent around him.
Could not agree more BarronWade
I am posting in a Sam Bradford thread.
I'll bet no one here agrees this was Sam's best game of the year. That statement alone renders that ratings system worthless.
So no, the ratings system is hardly worthless. Stats don't tell the whole story, but they're as valid as anything else we have to go on.
I could argue that at least Sammy's had the benefit of playing there twice before, but even that is not worth pointing out in this instance because my arguement is not about games played in Seattle.
My arguement is not necessarily about this particular game. It is more about "TYPICAL BRADFORD PERFORMANCES IN GENERAL."
Nothing special, just a regular old run of the mill QB performance, for which he's had too many of to suit my taste.
And there's nothing you, Crazyhorns, Rambos, Mike or Avenger can say, to change that.
So can we move on please?