Bradford Or SJ39?

CLEVELAND - AUGUST 21: St. Louis Rams Steven Jackson runs by T.J. Ward of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

I had an interesting question posed to me in the comments section of my last post by esteemed reader Betty White, and instead of addressing it there, I thought it would be a good issue for its own post. The question is, would it be better for the Rams to play to the strengths of quarterback Sam Bradford by using mostly shotgun formations, or is it better to cater to running back Steven Jackson by using more under center, run-heavy formations? This is an interesting dilemma for Coach Spags and the rest of the staff. It’s obvious after two preseason games that Bradford is far more comfortable in the gun, and I think we expected that since he did most of his work in that capacity in college. On the other hand, Jackson is really the only offensive weapon we have at this point, and the shotgun certainly wouldn’t help his cause.

Well, here is my answer to the question. I know Bradford is the $50 million man, but if this team is going to win, Jackson has to be the one to be the focal point of the offense. He is truly one of the best backs in the league, and he would be the featured player on most, if not all, teams in the league. With this receiving corps, I don’t see how the team can hope to win letting Bradford throw the ball 45 times out of the gun.

That was the answer, but the real solution to the dilemma is pretty simple if you ask me. This is the NFL. It isn’t college, and it’s not the Big 12. If Bradford is going to be an NFL QB, he has to learn how to run an offense from under center. I’m not saying get rid of the shotgun altogether, but while Steven is on this team, the offense has to stay under center.

What say you, Rams Nation? Make your voice heard in the comments section.

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  • Devil’s Bodyguard

    The NFL is changing. It’s a passing league. Look at the top offensive teams in the league. They are in the shotgun a LOT of the time. Brees, Manning, Brady, Rivers . . . lots of shotgun.

    If this is where Bradford is going to be (allegedly), why wedge him under center to cater to a RB who is just fine out of the shotgun, and catching passes, and pass protection?

    I must also add that if he’s having trouble learning the simple act of backpedaling while looking forward, he’s not worth 50 million.

    • Stlvinnie

      Well the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts are the answer to your question. Football is played, coached, and copied in cycles. The spread offense is in vogue. The tops teams are doing damage with multiple receivers and from the spread offense so why not help Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson at the same time. Steven Jackson rarely has a lead blocker so having Bradford in the shotgun with Jackson to one side should not hurt his running ability while helping Bradford get a little more time and ability to read the field.