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    Sam Bradford
    's uninspiring time in the desert is over.

    The Arizona Cardinals released the veteran quarterback on Saturday after eight weeks.

    Bradford's time in the light in Arizona was brief, as he started the Cardinals' first three games before he was unceremoniously benched with less than five minutes to play in a close Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears. Rookie first-round pick Josh Rosen took over for Bradford in that contest, which ended in a loss for the Cardinals.

    Since then, first-year coach Steve Wilks has hitched his wagon to Rosen to mostly unsuccessful results, which have been more a product of team-wide problems than Rosen's typical rookie struggles. The quarterback has showed promise at times while playing behind one of the worst, if not the worst offensive line in the league, completing 55.6 percent of his attempts for 1,072 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions (passer rating: 69.9).

    Meanwhile, Arizona has done its best to keep Bradford out of the public eye, leaving him inactive for multiple weeks and avoiding paying his per-game active bonuses that had the potential to reach a maximum of total of $5 million if active for all 16 contests.

    When he was playing, Bradford completed 50 of 80 attempts for 400 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions and a passer rating of 62.5.

  • #2
    Chris Mortensen
    As we said on Sunday NFL Countdown, Sam Bradford had not practiced for previous 5 weeks in Arizona because that left knee is basically bone on bone. No cartilage on the knee that had two ACL repairs.
    That could be the end for Bradford if he's cleared waivers and has a bone on bone condition in the knee that's kept him from practicing.


    • #3
      Originally posted by Nick View Post

      That could be the end for Bradford if he's cleared waivers and has a bone on bone condition in the knee that's kept him from practicing.
      well, If I need a loan I guess I know who I can go to. $135 M over his career. Sad that his knee was injured against the Panthers for sure......but he was never really top notch QB IMO. I am sure we will see him in the booth somewhere........


      • #4
        Hey I like Sam--honestly didn't like the Rams got him at 1 because of known durability issues....didn't like that the Rams didn't immediately get an OL to protect him because of his durability issues; still am glad he got his money and hope he has it invested wisely


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          The Arizona Cardinals were determined to knock the kid back to Oklahoma. They came at him in waves, tossing Sam Bradford around so much that at times the quarterback in the No. 8 jersey looked more like a piece of laundry tumbling in the dryer.

          And even though the Rams lost the season's first game, the Rams' rookie quarterback passed the first test. He shook off the pain, cleared his head and got up to throw again. The Cardinals tried their ferocious best to put Bradford away by breaking his spirit, and perhaps a couple of body parts. The Cardinals tried to disorient him with their tricks and deception.

          The Cardinals were on a mission to get to Bradford's body and inside of his head and frustrate him into submission. But at the end of the game, Big Easy was firing away, not shrinking from the moment, still standing tall and prepared to fight until the clock ran out.

          "Sam is not afraid to lead," Rams defensive tackle Clifton Ryan said. "He's not afraid of anything."

          There were no signs of physical or mental weakness, no loss of confidence or will power. In his first real NFL game, nothing flustered Bradford. Not the speed of the game, the direct hits or the sneak attacks from blitzers. Not the missed connections with receivers, or his rookie mistakes or the taunting from Arizona's defensive players.

          "I felt like I was very composed," Bradford said. "I felt like I really didn't get rattled."

          Bradford didn't win Sunday's game at the Edward Jones Dome. The Cardinals came back for a 17-13 victory that wasn't crossed off until they held Bradford off late, intercepting him twice in the final minutes, the second on the obligatory jump-ball desperation pass into the end zone.

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          "Sam Bradford is going to be a special player," said Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona's All-Pro wideout.

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          "Probably a little higher (total) than I would have imagined," Bradford said. "But, you know, I play quarterback. I throw the ball. That's what I like to do. I threw it a lot in college, so I'm used to it. If it's something we have to do as a team, I'm comfortable with it."

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          Trailing by 11 in the fourth quarter Sunday against Arizona, Jackson was nowhere to be found. After an offseason of building an offense with quarterback Sam Bradford as the centerpiece and as he enters another season as an offensive captain, all eyes were on Bradford.

          Bradford doesn’t have the fiery, in-your-face personality that many often (and mistakenly) associate with leadership. He’s always been a calm, lead-by-example type who wants to lead with actions rather than words.

          So when Bradford entered the huddle with his team trailing 24-13 and less than two minutes to go in the third quarter, his teammates saw exactly what they always see from Bradford. He stayed the same on the next possession and every one thereafter.

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          Starting with that drive late in the third, Bradford went on to complete six passes in a row for 76 yards and a touchdown to draw the Rams within five. On the ensuing two-point conversion, Bradford found another way to add points to the Rams’ tally, taking a snap out of the shotgun, showing pass and bursting into the end zone to trim it to three.

          “Yeah, how’d you guys like that?” Bradford said, laughing. “That was pretty good, huh? I think they had no idea that I was going to run the ball on that play and I think that’s why it worked so well. But hey, we’ll take what they give us.”

          Bradford’s late-game heroics weren’t limited to sneak-attack runs either. Starting from that late drive in the third quarter, Bradford went 11-of-13 for 128 yards and a touchdown for a rating of 133.3 to close out the game and the Cardinals.

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          In his first two seasons, Bradford struggled in late-game situations. In games where his team was either up or down by seven points or fewer, Bradford posted a rating of 67.6 as a rookie and 75.0 in 2011.

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          Arizona, 100.7

          Atlanta, 87.8

          Dallas, 80.2

          San Francisco, 59.4

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          According to Pro Football Focus, Bradford has been under pressure on 38.3 percent of his dropbacks this season, and that’s the 11th-highest rate among NFL starters.

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          When Bradford hasn’t been pressured this season, he’s completed 85 of 119 passes (71.4 percent) for 801 yards, seven TDs, three interceptions and a fine passer rating of 98.8.

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          In the adjusted accuracy rating under pressure, Bradford’s completion rate of 48.1 percent ranks 28th among that 30 quarterbacks that have taken at least 50 percent of the snaps.

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          Regardless of whether the St. Louis Rams select a quarterback in this year's draft -- and there have been recent rumblings, specifically by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that such a move could happen -- Sam Bradford already should know what's at stake this coming season.

          There's no question he's a likable guy with obvious talent. It's also impossible to argue that tough breaks and a subpar supporting cast on offense have plagued him during his brief career. These are the variables that often arise when discussing Bradford's lack of success in St. Louis, and this is the year when it's time for his supporters to stop leaning on them.

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          After spending an entire afternoon chasing after Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, Rams defensive end Chris Long had enough energy in him to track down one more signal caller as the clock went to all zeroes and the Rams were victorious.

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          “I know that everybody in this locker room is behind Sam,” Long said. “It was real exciting to see the offense clicking like that yesterday and I just feel good for those guys.”

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          Although the sample size is extremely small – two games is but an eighth of the regular season schedule – Bradford has gotten off to an impressive start in 2012. In fact, through two weeks, he’s placed himself among the game’s elite names in nearly every major passing category.

          To wit: Bradford is third in the league in quarterback rating at 112.4, third in completion percentage at 71.7 percent, fourth in yards per completion at 8.47 and tied for third in touchdowns with four. For the season, he’s 43-of-60 for 508 yards with those four scores and a single interception.

          Last week against Washington, Bradford was humming to the tune of 310 yards and three scores in leading the Rams to victory. Of course, after the game, he was still bothered most by that aforementioned interception he threw in the end zone.

          “I just wasn’t happy with myself,” Bradford said. “Obviously, that was a critical situation and you can’t afford mistakes like that. Fortunately, we were able to overcome it, but I knew that there were going to be more plays and the team needed me to come out and continue to play well. So I tried to forget about that as quickly as possible and go out and continue to make plays.”

          In doing just that, Bradford impressed teammates and coaches alike. Head coach Jeff Fisher noted Bradford’s resolve as he came back on the field following a blocked punt and fired a dart in to wide open tight end Matthew Mulligan for what turned out to be the game winning touchdown.
          “Sam’s played two pretty good ballgames against two difficult defenses,” Fisher said. “Sam can put things behind him. He was really frustrated with the interception, but again, came right back and takes care of that with another touchdown pass.”

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