St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford gets up slowly after being hit while throwing by Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker (10) drops a pass as Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) defends during the first quarter of the NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain (46) flies through the air for a gain of 7-yards during the third quarter of the NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
El running back de los Redskins de Washington Ryan Torain avanza para un touchdown de 20 yardas en el partido contra los Rams de San Luis el domingo 2 de octubre de 2011. (AP Foto/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Bradford has now been sacked 18 times through the first four games this season and admits that he needs better protection if the team plans to have success at throwing the ball.
“We’ve got to figure it out,” Bradford said. “That’s one area we definitely need to be better at. You can say run three-step, you can say run quick-game, you can get the ball out of your hand quicker, but at some point you’ve got to be able to throw the ball down the field.”
Bradford was sacked 34 times total last season.
Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo believes many factors could be the reason as to why Bradford has been under pressure more this season.
“Maybe we’re not getting open downfield, maybe the ball’s not coming quick enough, or maybe the protection’s not right,” Spagnuolo said. “We all know those are typically the three issues, but we’ll see when we check it out.”