in 201o the St. Louis Rams took Sam Bradford in hopes that he would become their franchise quarterback. Bradford has a successful rookie campaign becoming rookie of the year and leading the 1-15 Rams to a 7-9 record and coming within one game of the playoffs. Bradford had a tough sophomore season, but bounced back last season leading the Rams to a 7-8-1 record.
Many experts questioned the Rams front office when they decided to stick with Sam Bradford over RGIII, but the Rams had a plan, and they stuck to that plan. Last season Bradford posted career bests in many categories with almost no weapons, and a shaky offensive line. Experts and Sam Bradford secretly, have been bagging the Rams to get him some players who can make plays, and players to protect him. This past off season the Rams have done just that.
The offseason did not begin promising for Sam Bradford’s development as the Rams lost Steven Jackson, Danny Amendola, and Brandon Gibson. Those three players were arguably the three best players on the offense and the Rams just let them walk. Bradford could not have been happy, however Snead and Fisher never do anything without having a plan, and a plan they had indeed.
In free agency the Rams made it a point to go out and get the most athletic tight end that will create mismatches for defenses in Jared Cook. Cook is 6’5 246 pounds and is a player that Sam Bradford will be able to just throw the ball up and let his receiver make a play and get it. The Rams then went out and made it a priority to get the best available offensive lineman which just happened to be the 2008 number one overall pick, Jake Long. The Rams can now move Saffold to RT and now have someone who will be able to protect Sam Bradford’s blind side.
In the draft the Rams traded up from the 16th spot to number 8 to get Tavon Austin, the most explosive playmaker in the draft. Austin will be able to score at anytime from anywhere on the field and create mismatches for defenses. Austin is projected to take over the slot and replace Danny Amendola. The Rams then selected Austin’s teammate, Stedman Bailey. When the Rams let Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson walk, they were getting rid of Sam Bradford’s security blankets. Bailey is probably the most reliable receiver in the draft and has really good hands. The Rams gave Sam Bradford what he lost, but upgraded to players who can score consistently.
Sam Bradford has had excuses up until this point in his career, he hasnt had a true number one wide receiver or protection. Bradford now has all the weapons he could ask for and has to be jumping for joy at this point in the offseason. With the additions of Austin and Bailey, along with Givens, Quick, and Cook, the Rams offense has improved tremendously and has the pieces in place around Sam Bradford. Now it is time for Bradford to deliver and prove he can be a franchise quarterback. There are no more excuses for Sam Bradford, and without results, fans will be running Bradford out of town if he fails to deliver.