Quarterbacks are forever linked when they are selected in the same draft. As you well know, Robert Griffin III and Sam Bradford are bonded by a trade executed by the Rams’ GM Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher in the 2012 draft. After hanging the number two overall pick in the air as bait, the Redskins snatched the prize of Griffin III while handing off three first-round draft picks and a second-round pick.
Griffin III is a phenomenal talent. He’s dynamic, extremely intelligent and a natural born leader. He is a terrific arm talent, but his world-class speed is what sets him apart from any other QB in the NFL. As gifted as Griffin III is in the open field, he constantly exposes himself to gazelle-like defensive ends, mammoth defensive tackles, vicious linebackers and disruptive safties. Griffin III doesn’t want to be known as a scrambler, but his reckless style of play has caused him to take on a number of violent hits.
The hit that has brought us to this point of the discussion was Dec. 9 against the Baltimore Ravens. The knee injury he sustained had lingering effects that we all saw played out on the field in Wild Card matchup to the Seahawks. Now, Griffin has undergone ACL and LCL surgery.
In hindsight, the Rams made the right choice.
Griffin III dazzled and gained instant success that caused Rams’ fans to question the decision of Bradford over Grffin III. Like I have said numerous of times, Bradford was one of the main reasons why Fisher excepted the job, possibly the main reason. Before the new collective bargaining agreement, it would have nearly been impossible for St. Louis to trade Bradford’s salary. Do you really think the Rams would have gotten the same king’s ransom for Bradford? Not likely.
No matter how elite RGIII may become, a team that went 15-65 five seasons prior needed more than a new quarterback. The roster needed a complete makeover. This season’s progression, plus the addition of two first-round picks in the draft will further add to the revitalization.
Snead and Fisher is making it a priority to surround Bradford with better talent. The offense was improved, but it still endured countless dry spells. I personally hope Brian Schottenheimer doesn’t bolt for a head coaching job. Bradford has never had the same offensive coordinator for consecutive years. If the Rams wish to aid his progression, Schotty must be retained.
It still remains to be seen if Bradford will become an elite quarterback, or decent quarterback with a good arm.