Bradford, Rams Brace for Houston

Bradford, Rams Brace for Houston

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ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 8: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams is introduced before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on September 8, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

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by FootballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

(FootballStL) -- Rams quarterback Sam Bradford gave his thoughts this week on Sunday's match up with the Houston Texans:

On the Rams red-zone offense
“We put a lot of work into the red zone this off season. Last year, especially early in the year, it is an area that we struggled in. Obviously, to win games in this league you’ve got to be able to convert red zone opportunities into touchdowns. I think the success that we’ve had early in the year can be attributed to the fact that early in OTAs and early in training camp there was a lot of emphasis put on that.”

On the challenges that the Texans’ defense presents
“There’s no doubt that they’re a very talented defense. They’re very good as a whole. They don’t really have a weakness. It’s going to be a big challenge for us. Obviously, handling (DE) J.J. Watt and the guys that they have up front, you watch the tape and they do a great job getting after the quarterback every week. They play tight coverage on the outside too, so it’s going to be a group effort this week. Guys on the outside are going to have to win and create separation. The guys up front, we’re going to have to handle all the blitzes and all the problems that they’re going to try to bring. I’ve got to be decisive and get the ball out of my hand quickly.”

On if they have to be mindful of Watt’s ability to bat passes down
“You can’t worry about that too much. Obviously, he has made a lot of plays that way, but I think if you start looking for him and expecting him to do that then you take your eyes off of where they need to be down the field.”

On if it was a coincidence that the offense successfully moved the ball in the same game that they got the running game going
"No. I think, obviously, we knew going into last week that after the previous two weeks where we had become very one dimensional that it was going to be important for us to establish the run game and stay balanced throughout the game. I think the guys up front did a great job opening holes. All the running backs who came in ran extremely hard, and I think that balance really helped maintain throughout four quarters.”

On how WR Tavon Austin is progressing
“I think he’s making progress. I think if you ask him he’s probably frustrated right now. I know that his role in this offense is probably a little bit different than what he had pictured or what he’s used to at West Virginia. But, I’ve been impressed with him. I think he continues to try to get better each week on the practice field. I’ve seen it. I think as long he keeps pushing, eventually he will grow into that role that he probably expected to be in.”

On if Austin is getting more attention on certain plays
“Some. I wouldn’t say it’s been overly aggressive towards him. I think for the most part people have kind of played us the way we expected to.”

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