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    Sam Bradford: 'This next month is big'

    By Mike Sando
    FORT WORTH, Texas -- With a new playbook to learn and an NFL lockout possibly looming, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford might have to improvise this offseason.
    "If there is a lockout, I would imagine me and our wide receivers will have to get together somewhere, whether it be in Oklahoma or somewhere warmer where we can throw outside," Bradford said from ESPN's Super Bowl headquarters Thursday. "This offseason, it is too important for us not to get together and work out."
    Bradford is heading to St. Louis next week for a two-day session with new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Bradford and McDaniels have so far spoken only generally about the offense, and by phone. The session scheduled to begin Tuesday will give Bradford a starting point.
    We joked Thursday about Bradford enlisting his elderly neighbor, Milton, to film informal practices sessions in Bradford's backyard. It will not come to that, of course, but Bradford was serious about getting together with teammates if a lockout bans players from using team facilities.
    Bradford anticipates keeping a copy of the Rams' new playbook even during a lockout, although like most players, he wasn't sure how things would work.
    "I would imagine as long as I get the playbook before the lockout happens, then I see no reason why I would have to turn it in," he said. "That is going to be big if there is a lockout and I can't continue to go to St. Louis and meet with [McDaniels]. It will be something I have to do on my own, which is going to be tough. This next month is big for me."
    Bradford is looking forward, but we also discussed the disappointing end to the Rams' season. Coach Steve Spagnuolo and former offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur drew criticism for relying too heavily on the pass in a Week 17 defeat at Seattle. Bradford noted that Seattle forced him to change several running plays to passes by loading up against the run. Having another season in Shurmur's offense might have armed Bradford with additional options in those situations.
    "The more I play, the more experience I have, the more comfortable I'll feel maybe changing to a different run that we can block with those numbers," Bradford said. "I was really looking forward in the offseason to getting into Year 2 and digging my teeth into West Coast [offense] and learning more about it, but with the hiring of Josh McDaniels, it is going to be totally different now. I am going to have to learn a new offense basically from square one again. But going through this year and having a year under my belt is going to make this process much easier this year than when I was trying to learn it as a rookie."


    I hope there is no lockout but I am glad he is dedicated to the point where he is going work out even if there is a lockout. I guarantee you there are qb's that wont do that.
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    Re: Sam Bradford: 'This next month is big'

    Sam is clearly dedicated to his passion and shows the work ethic of a great QB.But i honestly cant see any positive coming out of a lockout.It will only hurt Sam and the teams progression but we will see how this whole CBA thing plays out in the months to come.

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    Re: Sam Bradford: 'This next month is big'

    A lockout would seriously suck...Part of being a leader is taking charge. If there is a lockout, its good to see Bradford will take initiative and get together with the receivers..Sure hope it doesn't come to that though

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    Re: Sam Bradford: 'This next month is big'

    Deep down in my gut i really feel like the owners and players will come together and get a deal done. It might mean an 18 game season, i hope not, but something will be in place. They all know how much revenue the league generates and nobody wants the damage that a lockout can cause.

    As for Sammy i love his commitment, as much as he loves the west coast offense hopefully when McD shows him the potential of down field passing he will eat it up. The rams WRs better attack this offense with the same tenacity if they expect to make the team next year with the expected influx (please god) of talent to the position through FA/Draft (or both).
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