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RamView: Week 10 – Quarterback

Sam Bradford’s (30-42-251, 94.4 PR) maturation as a QB continued today, as he led the Rams on his first late-game comeback. Stuck at his own 15 and down 20-17 with just over 2:00 left, Bradford sprinted left from pressure and hit Laurent Robinson for 14. He rolled right and hit Robinson for 10 more. After hitting Danny Amendola for 6, he stepped out of a near-sack, quickly checked the field, then pulled the ball down and scrambled across midfield for a critical first down. He hit Daniel Fells for 12, then made his play of the game on 2nd-and-15. The 49ers had jumped offside, so it was a free play. Bradford rolled right and hit a tightly-covered Steven Jackson up the sideline with a fine pass, and the Rams tied the game as time expired. Sam Bradford hadn’t really had to put together a game-saving drive for the Rams; natural that he is, he whips up a drive to almost make John Elway proud. Almost, because Fells couldn’t hang on to a throw slightly behind him inside the 5 that likely would have won the Rams the game. The Rams had recovered from a 10-3 deficit in the 2nd despite losing LT Rodger Saffold. Bradford hit Amendola wide open over the middle for 27, and hit him again at the goal line for a 5-yard TD. Bradford seems to be doing an improving job of leading his receivers with his throws. Too bad Brandon Gibson didn’t always follow that lead, but Bradford hit him for 17 in the 2nd after a great play-fake, a skill of Sam’s I haven’t talked up enough. Bradford missed an opportunity to put the Rams on top in the 3rd, barely missing a very-open Amendola with a 49-yard bomb, the kind of play that has you convinced Bradford would make, if the Rams would just let him throw downfield more. But the short passing game still got them the lead. Bradford converted a 1st-and-20, beating two big 49er blitzes with a 10-yard slant to Gibson and a 10-yard screen to Jackson, who finished off the TD drive on the ground on a play that Bradford appeared to audible to. The Rams delayed their usual 3rd-quarter offensive bogdown to the 4th quarter this week, thanks to some receiver mistakes and inability to establish the running game in the clutch. Bradford wasn’t mistake-proof; he held the ball way too long when he got sacked, and fumbled, in the 1st, but he was his usual solid self after that. His mobility kept him out of big trouble, and on multiple occasions he hung in the pocket as tough as he has as a pro. And besides all that, Sam Bradford showed today that he can bring his team back in the clutch, another milepost in the development of an elite NFL quarterback.


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One Response to “RamView: Week 10 – Quarterback”

  1. SB8RamsFan says:

    Way to go, Sam…proud of you!

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