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Comparing the Rams and Cardinals

I am sitting here watching the Arizona Cardinals game, but I can’t help think about the Rams.  Watching Matt Leinart tonight reminds me a lot of watching Sam Bradford this past Saturday.  Both players look totally unprepared and I can bet you that both teams seriously miss Kurt Warner.  Matt’s stats tonight are 4-6 and 28 yards, while Sam’s were 6-14 for 24 yards.  Neither QB’s performance is going to take their team very far.

Ok, so it is really not an ‘apples to apples’ comparison since Leinart has been in the NFL since 2006, but the need for new leadership at the quarterback position is the same for both teams.  Personally, if Leinart doesn’t learn a few new tricks this year, I think his career is pretty much done.  He’ll be traded to some other team as a second or third option until a few years from now we just stop hearing about him.  Attention Sam Bradford… you are Matt Leinart and it is 2006.  You’re a young stud right out of college and your professional football slate is still blank.  Whose path will you follow in?  Manning (pick one), Roethlisberger, Leinart or even worse… Jamarcus Russell?

Polarization aside, Bradford does not look ready.  I am not pointing a finger.  I think the man has a lot of talent and could definitely become the face of the Rams franchise.  I look forward to him becoming the Rams starting QB in the near future, but not today.  I am not a Feeley fan, but he looked pretty good up until his injury.  Heck, I even liked Keith Null better than Bradford (based purely upon his ability to move the ball down the field this past Saturday).

I like Jeff Roman’s article regarding ‘Rams and Math’.  I think things should go better for the Rams this year.  Especially since last year they defied the stats or odds of regression, but I don’t think we should throw lighter fluid on the progression curve by starting a rookie who clearly needs some additional seasoning.  Let’s play the veteran (when he’s healthy) and let our star grow.  Vegas has set the over/under for the Rams at 5 games this year.  5 wins would be a nice improvement and hopefully things will begin to click on all levels for the Rams in 2011.

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