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    If there is one clear indicator that the Rams should pass on former Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, it is the Rams' history drafting QBs that won that award.

    Doug Flutie:0 TD passes as a Ram.

    Eric Crouch:0 TD passes as a Ram.

    Are you going to tell me that this is mere coincidence?

    Clearly, these examples show that it would be an outright disaster for the Rams to take Sam Bradford (or Tim Tebow, for that matter). If they do, the expected outcome is clear. 0 TD passes for a career?

    How is that going to turn around the franchise, particularly in this time of turmoil and pending disaster over the uncertainty of the ownership issue?


  • #2
    Re: Rams Heisman History Should Eliminate Bradford From Consideration

    I got really upset when I read the header, but actually ended up laughing. Thank you.


    • #3
      Re: Rams Heisman History Should Eliminate Bradford From Consideration

      Bernie you clearly dont see the overall plan. Bradford will simply drive the team to the one yard line and then call a QB sneak. He will become the only QB in NFL history to rush for over 200 touchdowns.


      • #4
        Re: Rams Heisman History Should Eliminate Bradford From Consideration

        I'm sure Jax won't mind him not throwing any TD's. That's more for him to pound in!
        I believe!:ram:


        • #5
          Re: Rams Heisman History Should Eliminate Bradford From Consideration

          Bernie, you dissappoint me. You should have told us how many regular season snaps the Heisman draftees took for us.

          All this means is that Bradford's baseline is incredibly low! If he takes a frickin' snap, he represents an improvement
          /Pollyanna Brigade


          • #6
            Re: Rams Heisman History Should Eliminate Bradford From Consideration

            I think he is missing Terry Baker's storied career as a ram. 1st overall pick in the 1963 draft and essential a disaster.

            ramming speed to all

            general counsel


            • #7
              Re: Rams Heisman History Should Eliminate Bradford From Consideration

              what can I say about this?? well thank you this has changed my mind about Bradford, I can now officially say that Bradford will suck if we take him.


              • #8
                Re: Rams Heisman History Should Eliminate Bradford From Consideration

                Thats bernies best ever post. Why has this not been spotted.
                The Breakfast Club. You want cheese with that?


                • #9
                  Re: Rams Heisman History Should Eliminate Bradford From Consideration

                  Uh oh, I think WoW is calling you again. You should go back on and level your lvl 67 dark lightning shadow elf.


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