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  • Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

    Its not the same as Mark Sanchez with the New York Jets, who was thrown into the fire as their starting QB, right away as a rookie.
    The Rams should treat their #1 draft pick and future franchise quarterback with kid gloves, for starters, literally.

    Sam Bradford is sure to be chomping at the bit to get his NFL career going and already with his mere presence has caused a QB controversy for the Saint Louis Rams.

    The Detroit Lions selected a QB with their #1 pick a year ago and started him right away as a rookie with , more or less, disasterous results.
    Matthew Stafford under center for a team that lost to the Rams last year, is much different than Mark Sanchise taking over a well equipt Jets team.

    The Rams may want take a different approach than the Lions, who started their QB right away with no support.

    If Sam Bradford were a Jet he would be the 'Bradchise'.

    but he's a Ram, a team desparately trying to regain its identity. Until they find it, its probably best that our old 'Uncle Sam' holds the old clipboard for at least the start of the regular season. ITS AJ ON OPENNING DAY!!!
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  • #2
    Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

    Let 'em take a few snaps in the early games until he feels he's truly ready, then throw him into the pit of fire and hope he comes out with a huge grin on his face.


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    • #3
      Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

      If we want to play him right away, he better prove that he's the best option we have beyond a doubt. Otherwise, if you want him to see some action, play him in the 4th quarter if/when the game is already decided.
      I believe!:ram:

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      • #4
        Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

        I say he is starter day one. How is he gonna learn the speed of the game from the sideline?

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        • #5
          Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

          Think of this scenario, AJ feely is the starting QB and sucks at the start, and then a couple games in after all the fans are yelling "Start Bradford" Feely gets injured and Bradford gets put in and pulls a Roethlisberger! That would be awesome.

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          • #6
            Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

            If he is ready then start him. If hes not... dont... thats it. The only thing the Rams NEED to do is be able to tell the difference.

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            • #7
              Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

              I think he'd be better off sitting for a while. David Carr is one of many QB's who came into a bad situation and was ruined as a result. I sort of see the Rams as an expansion team this season. Unless something crazy happens and the Rams win more games than expected, I'd say sit Bradford until the season is definitely over (say, week 8 or 9) and then throw him in. Half a season should be enough time to get his feet wet and come out strong the next year.

              Not to be Negative Nate, but I don't have high expectations this year (not that it's a problem).

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              • #8
                Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

                C
                Originally posted by SeqArtMark View Post
                I think he'd be better off sitting for a while. David Carr is one of many QB's who came into a bad situation and was ruined as a result. I sort of see the Rams as an expansion team this season. Unless something crazy happens and the Rams win more games than expected, I'd say sit Bradford until the season is definitely over (say, week 8 or 9) and then throw him in. Half a season should be enough time to get his feet wet and come out strong the next year.

                Not to be Negative Nate, but I don't have high expectations this year (not that it's a problem).
                Well u can't compare carr to bradford cause carr has went other places and amounted to nothing.

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                • #9
                  Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

                  Most of whether Sam starts or not is up to Sam. If he looks lost and rattled during preseason games, then that's probably how he'd look in regular season games. The coaching staff won't know for sure until the rubber meets the road in game situations. Sam is smart and certainly has the physical tools, but how will he react when he gets roughed up consistently. On paper we apparently have the makings of a decent O-line, but who knows if Smith is really ready and capable of protecting Sam's blind side. On the right side we got a group of household names in the likes of Trautwein, Goldberg, Young, McKee and Saffold. Nothing to inspire awe as yet ..

                  No proven backup to SJ, no set in stone receivers yet. (I wonder why that is?) There are many unresolved factors for the coaching staff to mull over in the coming months before a decision is rendered as to who'll start on opening day.

                  Sam will have every opportunity to prove he's the guy, but can he? We just don't know yet and I feel safe in saying the coaching staff doesn't either. Bottom line: We'll all have to be patient and simply wait and see ..

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                  • #10
                    Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

                    FWIW...Sam went into his sophomore season at OU in a 3 way race for starting QB against another soph and a JC recruit. I thought the JC guy would undoubtedly win the spot, but the coaches came out of spring ball with Sam #1. I think he'll make this an easy decision for the St. Louis coaching staff....It'll be September Sam.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

                      I think you play him whenever he's ready to go in. If he has the system down by the start of the season, let him go in there. If he needs more time to digest the playbook, then there's no rush. I don't think this has to be a particularly difficult decision.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

                        Let the o-line play together for a few games and work on their chemistry before you put Bradford behind them, methinks.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

                          If O-Line looks decent then you start him - the article references Stafford as if it was somehow a disaster - they were more competitive than the prev year - he learned alot and had 2 quality performances and 1 outstanding game (albeit against the Browns) - and despite being sacked 24 times only missed a couple games late in year with minor injury

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                          • #14
                            Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

                            Originally posted by sjacksonrules View Post
                            C

                            Well u can't compare carr to bradford cause carr has went other places and amounted to nothing.
                            His comparison to Carr wasn't out of a career or even a skill set standpoint, but that they both went to bad teams after being drafted first overall. I would have to agree that Bradford isn't coming into the best situation, but maybe a little better than what Carr did.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Rams should let Bradford hold the clipboard for awhile

                              The Lions throwing Stafford out there to the wolves was a mistake, even though he played well. He still got killed. It would be smarter for the Rams to ease Bradford into the game. He could still learn a lot on the sideline, although many fans will be upset.

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                              • AvengerRam_old
                                The curious case of Sam Bradford
                                by AvengerRam_old
                                Sam Bradford continues to receive criticism, and most... well, some of it is fair.

                                He does lock on to receivers a bit too much. He does check down way too much. His pocket presence is poor, at times. He sometimes waits to long to launch the deep pass, resulting in underthrows.

                                But... when you step back and look at the numbers after 5 games, this is what you'll find:

                                Yards: 13th in the NFL (ahead of Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck)

                                TDs: 5th (tied) in the NFL (ahead of Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady, Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick)

                                Passer Rating: 14th in the NFL (ahead of Tom Brady, RGIII, Andy Dalton, Cam Newton)

                                Completion %: 21st in the NFL (tied with Russell Wilson, ahead of Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick and Tom Brady)

                                I'm only going to draw one conclusion from these numbers: there is still hope for Sam Bradford.

                                I want to see him throw the ball down the field more. I want the Rams to tear up a portion of their playbook (under the heading: short passes). I want to see more designed rollouts and bootlegs from Bradford (who is better on the run than most realize).

                                But don't tell me there's no hope.

                                The numbers and I disagree with that notion.
                                -10-07-2013, 07:37 AM
                              • AvengerRam_old
                                Don't kid yourself - Sam Bradford is still an NFL commodity.
                                by AvengerRam_old
                                As Rams fans, many of us feel like we've reached the end of the line with Sam Bradford. Amid the flashes of exceptional play, there have been too many disappointments and injuries for most to view Bradford as the Rams' long term franchise QB.

                                But, as the saying goes, one man's trash can be another man's treasure.

                                Consider, for example, Marc Sanchez. He was unemployed last offseason (even the Rams showed little interest), but now, put in the right circumstance, he could be playing in January. Does anyone think Sanchez is more talented than Bradford?

                                Or look at the situation in Arizona. They have the best record in the NFL but, after losing (recently signed) starting QB Carson Palmer, they have to rely on Drew Stanton. Does anyone think Stanton is a better QB than Bradford?

                                How about Buffalo? They gave up on E.J. Manuel and are now starting Kyle Orton. Does anyone think that Orton is a better QB than Bradford?

                                Bradford is going to have a job in the NFL in 2015. He might even find himself in a situation in which he becomes the starting QB.

                                So... given the scarce nature of starting quality QBs, the question is... what should the Rams do with Bradford?

                                There are essentially four options: (1) allow him to play out the last year of his contract, (2) release him, (3) sign him to an extension (presumably a more cap-friendly deal), or (4) try to trade him.

                                Option (4) is not really practical given the size of Bradford's deal. I suppose some sort of sign-and-trade scenario is possible in theory, but that rarely happens in the NFL.

                                Option (1) is, in my mind, a bad move. It would hinder the Rams in the FA market, as Bradford would be tying up a lot of cap space, and if Bradford were to have a great year in 2015, the Rams would then be in a poor negotiating position for the next contract.

                                Option (2) is a definite possibility. My fear is that the outcome would be that we'd see Bradford (maybe not right away, but eventually) having a productive career elsewhere. That might be a risk the Rams are willing to take.

                                That leaves Option (3). I am starting to think that this might be the way to go. If the Rams can sign Bradford to a 2-3 year cap-friendly deal, then they retain him as a commodity.

                                That does not mean that he is handed the keys to the team in 2015. I'd still strongly consider drafting a QB. I think the Rams should try to re-sign Austin Davis (as a backup). But, if Bradford is on the roster, the Rams would have insurance at the position, and a possible trade option.
                                -11-11-2014, 08:05 AM
                              • AlwaysBackwards
                                Say We Draft Bradford..
                                by AlwaysBackwards
                                Do we sit him out the whole year like packers did with Aaron Rodgers, Throw him into the fire like the Lions did with Matthew Stafford or ease him in to the lineup like..can't think of an example sorry..

                                My Opinion:
                                I think the rams would most likely ease him in but who knows, but the signing of AJ Feely IMO gives me the idea that they'll play him first couple of weeks then put in Bradford. Honestly i'd be against sitting him out the whole year because of all the money we would pay him. I would like to see whoever we pick number one overall play at least this season even if it's half a season. The only way i see the Rams throwing Bradford into the fire is if Feely gets injured during the pre-season which I hope does not happen.

                                Side Note:
                                I don't like how people(usually non-ram fans) say that the Rams shouldnt draft Bradford because of our O-Line. In my opinion our O-Line is better than the Lions O-Line when they drafted Matt Stafford. Just a little sidenote
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                                -04-08-2010, 12:03 AM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Sam Bradford Facing High-Stakes '14
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Sam Bradford facing high-stakes '14

                                If fifth-year QB can't stay healthy and produce, Rams should seek other solutions

                                Published: April 21, 2014
                                By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

                                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.

                                As much as there is to appreciate about Bradford, the fact still remains that the Rams haven't enjoyed a winning season in the four years since he became their starting quarterback. That means something has to change this fall, especially since it's critical that the 26-year-old Bradford takes a major step in his development. He's gone from being impressive (he was the 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year) to inconsistent (during the one year he spent with former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels) to injured (he sustained a torn ACL in Week 7 of last season). It's time for Bradford to produce the kind of season that makes everybody believe he's still the right man for the job.

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                                On the other hand, the Post-Dispatch said the Rams have met with University of Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage, while another meeting/workout also reportedly occurred with Fresno State's Derek Carr. The paper also floated names such as South Carolina's Connor Shaw and Georgia's Aaron Murray as talents who could interest St. Louis come draft week.

                                It's not surprising that the Rams would be intrigued by some of the signal-callers in this class. Once you get beyond the top three players at that position -- Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel -- there are still going to be some talents to be had in the later rounds. It's also true that drafting a quarterback doesn't mean a team is actually giving up on the one it already has under center. But in this case, should the Rams actually spend a second- or third-day pick on a signal-caller, they have to know the discussions about Bradford's future will only intensify.

                                Head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead will have to deal with that fallout if that scenario actually plays out. Even if it doesn't,...
                                -04-22-2014, 09:57 AM
                              • Rambos
                                Sam Bradford Still Among The Most Talented, Says One Expert
                                by Rambos
                                by Ryan Van Bibber

                                Sam Bradford's season might very well be over. The St. Louis Rams second-year quarterback spent the last two days watching his team practice, sidelined by the same high ankle sprain that sidelined him in October. Whether Bradford plays or not, his season is officially lost, a sophomore slump for the ages. Hopeful Rams fans are now left to wonder about Bradford's future, which is inextricably linked to the future of the franchise.

                                Bradford has plenty of believers, despite his rocky second season. Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network offered some lofty praise for Bradford during a recent radio appearance. Asked which current NFL quarterback "will prove to be the most accomplished 10 years from now," Lombardi rattled off three names: Cam Newton, Matt Stafford and Sam Bradford. What he said about Bradford's play was a serious indictment of the team's personnel moves this year.

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                                I suspect we'll be talking lots more about this as we cull the postmortems on the 2011 St. Louis Rams and the Spagnuolo-Devaney era of leadership.
                                -12-09-2011, 08:07 AM
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