Rams Fans Turn on Bradford

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Rams fans showed up at the Edward Jones Dome last night. Excited to be there, feeling positive about the game. Everyone pulled on their giveaway #55 shirts when told to support the “white out” at the dome. It was louder in there than it was on opening day. Fans thought the Rams were going to win this game, that they could win this game. And then after awhile they didn’t feel that way anymore.

Before the third quarter was even over Rams fans were fleeing the dome. By the end of the game it was mostly 49er fans left. They were kind to us and didn’t try to rub it in. They felt bad for us. And we felt bad for ourselves. Something was different with this loss though, something different from the four years I have witnessed first hand the Rams losing miserably.

People in the stands, at the concessions, leaving the game had one thing in common: trashing Sam Bradford. Of course during the past year or so people have expressed frustration with Bradford but even the two guys who sit behind me in Section 433 who are not let’s say, reserved with their feelings, had always managed to mix in the tiniest sliver of patience for Bradford. Understanding. Not any more. Not them and not anyone else.

Of course yesterday’s talk of extending Bradford’s contract didn’t help matters any. It just brought into sharp focus exactly how much this team was paying for this guy. This quarterback who is far from the elite status prematurely hinted at and quickly sliding away from even being average.

It perplexes me why anyone thought that during the offseason he would somehow magically transform into the team leader. Sam Bradford has never shown leadership abilities. He’s just not that kind of guy. He may, at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later, become solid and reliable but he will never have the charisma and spark that leaders possess. Allegedly he finally has the “weapons” around him everyone clamored for but he certainly isn’t elevating them, if anything he’s deflating them.

This brings me to my seminal question: How, when absolutely everything Billy Devaney/Steve Spagnuolo touched from their draft choices to the way they stood on the sidelines was ripped to shreds, how was it that no one ever questioned the acquisition of Sam Bradford?

The very expensive acquisition of Sam Bradford. That has always been a mystery to me. How did that one, critical, decision escape scrutiny? If those two couldn’t get the posters that hung in the offices right, why did everyone think they were able to choose a quarterback worth 78 million dollars? That answer is becoming clear now. They weren’t.


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4 Responses to “Rams Fans Turn on Bradford”

  1. Guest says:

    It’s not all Bradford’s fault. Shottenheimer was bad for the Jets too with the terrible play calling and non-existent flow for the QB and worst of all predictability and lack of creativity or misdirection.

  2. Mike says:

    I still believe that Sam Bradford can be the man because Jeff Fisher still believes that he can be the man. If you’re ready to give up on Fisher – well, I can’t really blame you after the last two games, but I’m not ready to be that depressed just yet.

    I want to know where our downfield shots are. We supposedly added speed at receiver, but this offense looks like the tentative, dink-n-dunk crap from 2011 – only without SJ. Are our new receivers not getting open, or is Sam not willing to take chances on those throws for some reason?

  3. tyler says:

    I`m really surprised everyone is trashing Bradford. The problem should be shared equally through out the team. Let me show you a few reasons why
    1.) The coach- Unwilling to run the hurry up. He did not have anyone prepared
    2.) Defense- DT are getting beat up, LB are not getting off blocks, safeties are no where to be found or taking bad angles, Line is inconsistant. Finnegan looks like a watered down version of last years player.
    3.)Offense- Where to start???
    A.) WR and TE`s- dropping balls at this level at your pay is inexcusable!!!! They are dropping an average of 10 balls a game. How does your team win and why does your QB keep getting thrown under the bus and why are you literally pushing him!
    B.) Line- Short of the first two games, the line have not shown up. Can only block for 18 yards rushing!?!? Really!?!? WTF? Now Sam is again running for his life like the first three years. Jake Long got mowed over the last two weeks. I was shocked by his lack of play. Roger Saffold again is hurt. Nothing new other than he thinks he should be paid well and starting LT even though he has yet to play a full season. Scott Wells, another pro bowler repeatedly was mowed over and pushed around. Not the level of play the team paid for from either.
    4.) Special Teams- Can not run with out a penalty. Austin finally opens his bag of tricks and run ones back and is called back for not one block in the back, but TWO.
    5.) DC- Walton needs to get this squad back to the aggresive squad they were last year. PERIOD!
    6.) OC- Schotty`s play calling SUCKS! He is predictable! The O Line can`t keep out a four man rush. He refuses to keep in a TE to help or run a few screen passes. We have them “fastest” group of WR and TEs` but he refuses to stretch the field with a few quick deep balls. He should have never been hired to bring in his vanilla offense. Hire a Norv Turner or an Ernie Zampese!!!!
    That is most of it in a nut shell. Yes Bradford deserves some blame. No more than any one else on the team! Is he a leader/winner? Maybe. He has shown he can. Dropped balls and wiping yourself off the turf can detour those plans tho!

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