Cormac Neeson from Bleacher report just wrote, “Sam Bradford Ready to Break Out, Drag St. Louis Rams to Respectability.” Really? Do you really believe this? I love the Rams (I have all my life), but Sam Bradford isn’t dragging anybody anywhere at least not in 2012. 2012 will be another building year for the Rams. It’s a process and the Rams definitely did not draft in a manner suggesting a focus on an immediate turn around. The Rams traded all their high draft picks away and were not aggressive in the free agent market. Yes Sam Bradford had a good rookie year, but even in 2010, he had some alarming statistics. He was bad on third downs, he was bad closing out the 1st half, and he was bad closing out the game. He was basically bad under a lot of high pressure situations. If we jump forward to 2011, Bradford ended the season looking afraid in the pocket. Of course we understand why, but in 2012 Sam’s 1st prioity should be getting his man card back.
Neeson thinks all of the Rams’ new offensive acquisitions will help Bradford become the super star we all know and love. Really? Who Steve Smith? Smith has had 1 good year back in 2009. Otherwise he has had an average or below average career. Quick and Givens are completely untested talents. The truth is they will probably contribute in 2012, but this will be a year of acclamation for them. And although Rams offensive line coach Boudreau is working hard at his new responsibilities, the left side of the O-line will probably be weak.
Current events lead me to believe that 2012 will be a rebuilding year. That means a rebuilding year for Sam Bradford as well. If the Rams get some wins (some confidence and some momentum) and stay healthy, then 2013 would be the time to make a big push. We have several high draft picks in our pocket that will hopefully get bona fide offensive weapons (not simply hopefuls). Between the 2013 draft and free agency we will need to find Steven Jackson’s replacement, a real speedster WR, and of course fill other positional needs. Then, maybe in 2013 Mr Bradford will be ready to drag (more likely to aid) his team to respectability and to the post season.