Does Bradford Make A Difference?

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A lot of Rams news I’m reading surrounds QB Sam Bradford.  Everyone says that if he’d played this year the Rams would have had a much better season.  Some are already saying with Bradford behind the wheel, next year will be that turn around year we’ve been waiting for.  Give it to Rams fans to be faithful to their QB, but I wonder if that optimism is grounded in anything solid?  Since Bradford started playing for the Rams in 2010 he has only played in 49 of 80 games (out injured 31 games).  Of the 49 he’s actually played in his record is 18-30-1 (37% win percentage).  Yes, he had a strong showing in his rookie year, but since then he’s either been injured or has led a losing effort.  (Sounds harsh, but it’s the truth.)

Here are some of Bradford’s situational stats:

(remember these numbers are for the entire year)

2013 TDs
1st qtr td pass 1
td pass final 2 mins of half 2
4th qtr when the Rams were within 7 points TD pass 1
td pass outside of opponents 20 1
2012 TDs
1st qtr td pass 4
td pass final 2 mins of half 4
4th qtr when the Rams were within 7 points TD pass 5
td pass outside of opponents 20 8
2011 TDs
1st qtr td pass 1
td pass final 2 mins of half 1
4th qtr when the Rams were within 7 points TD pass 0
td pass outside of opponents 20 2
2010 TDs
1st qtr td pass 5
td pass final 2 mins of half 2
4th qtr when the Rams were within 7 points TD pass 1
td pass outside of opponents 20 6

These are some pretty important stats that were terrible in 2011 and 2013.  The stats are important because they’re about getting off to a quick start, closing out a half strong, and about coming back from behind when the game is close.  On top of that there is no upward trend.  We can’t say he was struggling or had a bad year, but now he’s getting better.  It’s just not the case.

The fact is that Bradford has not been a winning QB for us.  Are there external forces outside of his control contributing to his performance?  Absolutely, but the numbers don’t lie.  In high impact situations Bradford has not come through for us.  Personally, I like the guy (how can you not like that face?), but I think we need someone else if we are going to rip out of the bottom of this 7-9* paper bag that we live in.  I’m looking forward to a lot of changes this off season (new O-Coordinator?).  Go Rams!!!

 

* 6-10 this year…


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6 Responses to “Does Bradford Make A Difference?”

  1. damon white says:

    actually our paper bag was 6-10 full of dogshit lit on fire and left on someones porch then stomped on.

  2. Mike says:

    Well, the number show he hasn’t improved, but that’s a different question than the one you asked in the title, and I think he does make a difference. There are a lot of things that could explain that, but those are besides the point – he hasn’t been worth what he’s been getting paid.

    On the other hand, an article today from ESPN (http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/117500/sam-bradford-has-unfinished-business-with-rams) highlights a critical question: can we get someone who would do better? Read the article for the details, but we’d probably have to trade to guarantee that, and such a trade is liable to take more away from the team than even Sams current salary cap hit.

  3. Mark says:

    He has never led the Rams to a winning season. His situational stats are bad and are not improving. So, he does not make a difference in helping us win.

    Are there challenges from a business perspective in placing him? Maybe, but a winning organization would find away.

  4. Mike says:

    Sam’s record: 18-30-1, winning 38% (37% if you ignore the tie) of the time.
    The Rams record for the other games since 2010 is: 12-19, or winning 39% of the time.

    So if he’s made a difference, it’s something less than one loss over the course of his career.

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