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Not Impressed But Not Depressed

40,000 plus turned out yesterday in St Louis to see a preview of what’s to come this 2010 season.  2 large questions loomed: 1 how is the rebuilding going and 2 what is this kid Bradford going to do for us?  Honestly, I don’t think either of these questions were answered.  No points were scored against the Rams in the 1st quarter which bodes well for the Ram’s starting defense, but the offense showed little productivity as they were lead by a shaky Bradford.
In my eyes, this is all ok.  Bradford hasn’t been in a real game situation in over a year.  He was also behind  an offensive line missing some key pieces (a not 100 % Smith and a sidelined Bell).   These factors plus the fact that our Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson was resting comfortably on the sideline leads me to believe that expectations for this outing should be set fairly low.  I am glad Bradford showed some durability and that is enough for me today.
Next week is a different story.  We need to see significant improvement at Cleveland.  Jackson will be out again so that means the bulls eye will remain squarely on Bradford’s  helmet.  The o-line needs to step up because we can’t expect Bradford to endure 4 sacks a game  over any length of time.  3 of the 4 running backs in today’s game are returning players (Ogbonnaya, Amendola, and Karney) and they need to contribute.   Finally, I look to see a more poised and dynamic Bradford.  In the next game the Rams offense must come out ready to play.  For the opening drive, a kick return and a drive down the field for a score has got to be the expectation.

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One Response to “Not Impressed But Not Depressed”

  1. There were a few bright spots. First off remember Vikings are probably the best in the NFC even if they are Favre-less. The starting defense did shut the Vikings down. Offensively Bradford is only going to get better, and he started off pretty accurate. If he had Jackson running for him and a healthy offensive line things would have been a lot better. Amendola has got speed, that punt return was awesome. I hope he is utilized often as a receiver. I will be able to tell a little more next game.

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