ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- It didn’t really dawn on me until I was watching Sam Bradford play against the Jets that maybe he isn’t who we all thought he was or who we wanted him to be.
I am not going to bash Bradford for anything he has done for the Rams. This is a quarterback who has had more offensive coordinators come through St. Louis during his three seasons as the elite quarterbacks have had in their entire career. Let me be clear: Bradford hasn’t hurt the Rams, the Rams have hurt him.
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The lack of weapons around him in his career has been absurd. Bradford and Danny Amendola can’t do it all by themselves. The protection was better on Sunday, or so I thought, which makes it wild to see the lack of consistency from Bradford.
I also believe the coaches have been critical of Bradford, but they just won’t tell the media that. Take a hint, Jets organization.
But in my time covering the Rams, roughly 15 months, I have heard the same thing over-and-over-and-over in regards to Bradford. I have heard things similar to the following statements: “there are some things Sam did well and others not so great. We will have to look at the film to see what we can do better,” “It’s a young team with a young quarterback. There will be growing pains,” and “credit their defense, they came ready to play today.” When will we hear different?
It has been a broken record player at Rams Park for not only the past 15 months, but almost the last decade. Just as winning can be contagious, losing can become a habit.
I don’t knock Jeff Fisher for anything he has done while in his first season with the Rams. He has been an honest guy and knows how this business operates. We can’t expect a Super Bowl parade down Market Street this season or even the next for that matter, but we sure as heck don’t want to see our quarterback taking steps backwards at this junction of the season.
Bradford will be the first to tell you that he wasn’t good on Sunday. He threw a horrendous pick, lost a fumble and missed several open receivers while completing 52.3 percent of his passes after completing 6-of-8 to begin the game.
It’s one thing if Bradford did this against a team like the 49ers, but it was the Jets. The same Jets team that fights more with each other than with the other team. The same Jets that is full of anonymous sources and home to drama.
This season’s woes, even Sunday’s troubles, are not solely on Bradford. Everyone on this team could do better and will need to if the Rams want to see another ‘W’ this season.
Maybe the only reason I want to complain about Bradford’s performance Sunday is because of the opponent or maybe it is because he isn’t as good as we all thought he was. Let’s hope that is not the case.