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    How would you feel if these were Bradford's rookie stats?

    If Bradford finished the 2010 season with the following stats:

    401 attempts
    230 completions
    57.4 completion %
    2,781 yards
    14 TDs
    16 Ints
    73.8 passer rating

    how would you feel about that?



    Now that you've given it some thought, here's where these numbers come from...

    I calculated the averages from the rookie seasons of the following 4 QBs: Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez and Matthew Stafford.

    The point, of course, is that we can all hope for a Dan Marino-like rookie year, but we should manage our expectations. Each of the four QBs from whom these stats are derived were considered sucesses as rookies, to some degree. The main reason was that each took their team farther than they had gone in the previous year (though, in Stafford's case, only slightly so).

    So... if Bradford does start this year, hope for better team results, but don't look for miracles on the stat sheet.


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    Re: How would you feel if these were Bradford's rookie stats?

    I believe we'll need periodic treads like this to sedate the fanbase.....

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    Re: How would you feel if these were Bradford's rookie stats?

    To think, we could have had (enter name of hottest rookie playing)...... That's who I wanted all along.

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    Re: How would you feel if these were Bradford's rookie stats?

    i`d be pleased with the start he would have made...he`ll only get better like all good QB`s do...bearing in mind who we have at RB and expected improvements on a not as bad as advertised D..that could possibly get us more wins than we`ve had in the last 3 years combined.

    progress is what we`ve been making since Billy D & Spags took charge..and that would show signs of it continuing,so there`s no reason for complaints.
    i really do think that those who can`t see what a good job our relatively new regime is doing, don`t quite grasp how deep the hole we was left in when they arrived.

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    Re: How would you feel if these were Bradford's rookie stats?

    401 attempts
    230 completions
    57.4 completion %
    2,781 yards
    14 TDs
    16 Ints
    73.8 passer rating
    It's an improvement. No seriously, it IS an improvement. The 2009 Rams QBs (including Josh Brown's TD toss) are as follows:

    543 attempts
    312 completions
    57.5 completion %
    2,970 yards
    12 TDs
    21 Ints
    64.0 passer rating


    If Bradford put up those hypothetical numbers, it would be the best season for a Rams QB since 2006.
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    Re: How would you feel if these were Bradford's rookie stats?

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    If Bradford finished the 2010 season with the following stats:

    401 attempts
    230 completions
    57.4 completion %
    2,781 yards
    14 TDs
    16 Ints
    73.8 passer rating

    how would you feel about that?



    Now that you've given it some thought, here's where these numbers come from...

    I calculated the averages from the rookie seasons of the following 4 QBs: Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez and Matthew Stafford.

    The point, of course, is that we can all hope for a Dan Marino-like rookie year, but we should manage our expectations. Each of the four QBs from whom these stats are derived were considered sucesses as rookies, to some degree. The main reason was that each took their team farther than they had gone in the previous year (though, in Stafford's case, only slightly so).

    So... if Bradford does start this year, hope for better team results, but don't look for miracles on the stat sheet.
    How many wins?

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    Re: How would you feel if these were Bradford's rookie stats?

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    If Bradford finished the 2010 season with the following stats:

    401 attempts
    230 completions
    57.4 completion %
    2,781 yards
    14 TDs
    16 Ints
    73.8 passer rating

    how would you feel about that?
    I'd be pretty impressed, because I believe that would represent the best performance by a first overall quarterback in his first year since Carson Palmer (who actually sat for his rookie year, so we'd be counting his second season).

    For comparison purposes, here's the average of from the rookie seasons of the last four 1st overall QBs (Stafford, Russell, Smith, Eli Manning): 104/201 (51.74%) for 1140 yards, 5 TDs and 11 INTs. QB rating of 54.3.

    It's tough to have any expectations for a rookie quarterback when it comes to stats, because it's such an adjustment from the college game to the pro game. Bradford's going to make mistakes, just like any rookie. I can guarantee you, when the Rams coaches sit down with him near the end of the year, they're not going to be pulling out stat sheets to show him.

    Like you said, it's going to be important to manage expectations and not expect the world from him right away. Conversely, anyone who is calling a rookie quarterback a success after one season also needs to pump the brakes as well, because one year - good or bad - is not enough to conclude whether the guy is a hit or a miss IMO.
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