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Defending the Rams… Again

This from some website called “Favre Dollar Footlong” by James Simon.  Yet again I have to defend the Rams against attacks.

… Instead, he stayed at Oklahoma, shattered his shoulder, and still managed to be the first pick overall this year. What is his reward? At least a five year stint with a franchise that is doomed (sorry Rams fans).

Doomed?  Certainly, the Rams have had a terrible 3 year run, winning only 5 6 games, but even during that time the Detroit Lions have been arguably worse.  And secondly, in the worst to first culture of the NFL, the turn arounds happen faster than anyone can expect.

Certainly there are other concerns with Bradford; most notably coming from a star studded spread offense and that little shoulder thing that no one seems to be talking about.

I hope that this is sarcastic, because EVERYONE has been talking about Bradford’s shoulder.  Dr. James Andrews, the top surgeon in the US gave Bradford a clean bill of health on the shoulder, which was enough for every NFL team.  The shoulder is healthy and shouldn’t be a problem going forward for Bradford.

Smart Football has already debunked the “spread offense” mystery. Bradford doesn’t come from the same offense as Chase Daniel, Graham Harrell, Tony Pike or other underhyped college QBs.  The offense Bradford ran at Oklahoma was a mix of pro-style play action and “spread” concepts.

More of my takedown after the jump!

His biggest obstacle however will undoubtedly be fighting for his life on a horrid Rams offense.  If you can name more than five players on the Rams offense,you probably watch too much football.

How many teams can anyone name 5 players on the offense? Two, maybe 3 teams in the NFL?

And in case you don’t watch football here’s what he has look forward to…

Rather than having time to adjust to the pro game after coming out of the spread in college, he’ll be forced to start as he’s mentored by savvy mentor, A.J. Feely.

Sam Bradford will not start for the Rams unless he is ready.  The Rams are not afraid to “manage” games with A.J. Feeley while Sam Bradford gets his feet wet a few snaps at a time.  Bradford will have as much time as he needs.  Rip A.J. Feeley if you wish, he hasn’t started an NFL game in years, but he knows the offense the Rams have put in place and can be a mentor/bridge quarterback for Bradford comfortably.

  • He’ll enjoy throwing to likes of Donnie Avery, Danny Amendola, and Mardy Gilyard

And Laurent Robinson, Keenan Burton, Brandon Gibson and Daniel Fells.  The Rams receivers are less than no-names and still are extremely raw.  But, with better quarterback play, the receivers will improve their stature in the NFL.

  • He’ll be protected by a suspect offensive line

The Rams have two top 33 picks at the tackle spots, two free agent signings at left guard and center and a competition at right guard.  Their offensive line has been a problem 2 seasons ago and last year suffered more injuries than seemed possible, which lead to a lot of bad numbers from the offensive line.  The Rams got rid of Alex Barron, who was one of the top 5 worst tackles in football last season.

  • His team seems certain to have a change of ownership which will only add to the instability of the franchise.

What would a quarterback care about the instability in the owners box?  He will get his mega-deal and then will not have to worry about getting more money until another 5 years, when he is ready to renegotiate his deal.

On the bright side, he can always hand of to S. Jax.  Ultimately, that won’t be enough.  This kid is going to a drastically different situation than Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez; or even Matthew Stafford, who at least has Calvin Johnson to throw to.

Matt Ryan went to a bad team that played great with him for one year and then average the next.  Joe Flacco and Mark Sanchez went to good teams that worked all season to try to minimize the impact of their rookie quarterbacks by not making them make any difficult throws or decisions.  They each handed off 30 or more times a game, which made the 1 or 2 play action passes easily completed.

Matthew Stafford came to an offense with one star player and not much else on offense.  I’m not sure the difference between Stafford and Bradford’s situations.  Bradford probably will be throwing early and often to Steven Jackson who is a very capable receiver and has lined up at receiver for the Rams.

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2 Responses to “Defending the Rams… Again”

  1. Doug says:

    ummmmm the Rams have won 6 games the past 3 years not 5.

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