Heading into the 2012 season, there’s no question that two of the most important pieces of this Rams squad are Sam Bradford and James Laurinaitis. Head coach Jeff Fisher is undoubtedly aware of this fact as well, and he discussed his two star players with the median after Monday’s practice session.
First, let’s take a look at Laurinaitis. “He’s a captain of the defense. He’s a very talented player, he’s intense, he’s the kind of guy that you want at your middle linebacker position. He’s dedicated, he’s intelligent, and he’s very committed to it. Football’s important to him and he wants to learn. He was frustrated early in the offseason because he couldn’t come in and learn the defense and do those kinds of things. He’s that kind of player. He’s very vocal on the field and he’s been extremely durable for us.”
I’d say Fisher is right on point with everything he said there. I think we all know those things about Laurinaitis after watching him over these last few years. Everything he said just supports the idea that the organization needs to get this guy signed to an extension.
Now, on to Bradford. Asked what the young QB needs to do for he team to be successful, Fisher responded: “The things that we’re seeing from him right now: really good understanding of the offense, not afraid to practice, not afraid to pull the trigger, learn from the mistakes and just take charge. And that’s what he’s doing. He’s doing a great job. He’s made some great throws. You see him developing relationships with even the younger receivers already. He’s right on track. His potential is extremely, extremely good.”
I know many are concerned about Bradford, so this should be reassuring. It’s very early in the process, but hearing Fisher gush about Bradford is always nice. This could be a make or break year in Bradford’s career, so we need him to be in a good place early on so he is ready for the season.