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Not Impressed, but Not Depressed

40,000 plus turned out 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 the 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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