Oct 20, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) on the field in the fourth quarter. The Carolina Panthers defeated the Rams 30-15 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Where Would The Rams Be With Sam Bradford?

Exactly one month ago, the one thing all Rams fans dreaded happened. Franchise quarterback Sam Bradford went down with an ACL and would be out for the rest of the season. Bradford has finally had his surgery and now will come the long grueling process of rehab.

A lot has happened since then for the Rams. Zac Stacy has emerged as a future star, the defense has began to play like the defense everyone expected at the beginning of the season, and the Rams have gone 1-2 in games that they should have won all three.

After losses against the Seahawks and Titans you have to wonder where the Rams would be had it been Sam Bradford under center and not back-up quarterback Kellen Clemens. The Rams 2013 season will be known as the season of what-ifs.

What if Bradford has never gotten hurt, what if Zac Stacy had been the starter day one, what if this would have happened, or what if that would have happened? Story of the life of a Rams fan right?

Now don’t get me wrong. Clemens has played exceptionally well at times, Bradford was however onto being one of the top quarterbacks in the league this season and was on pace to have a career year.

Let’s just start with where it all began shall we? In his career Bradford is 2-1 against the Seahawks in the Edward Jones Dome. Now the Seahawks probably game plan differently if Bradford plays, but for hypothetical reason let’s just put Bradford in Clemens’ shoes.

You have to think Bradford doesn’t throw two costly interceptions in that game and more than likely punches at least one of those field goals in for touchdowns including the game winner at the one yard line.

If Bradford is in the game, there is no doubt that the Rams come out with a victory, especially with how well the defense was playing and how poorly the Seahawks offense was performing. Right there the Rams move to 4-4 at the midway point in the season.

The next week the Rams pull above .500 with a victory over the Titans when instead of fumbling, Bradford leads the Rams down the field with 4:44 remaining after a McLeod interception to set up a game winning field goal for Greg Zuerlein.

We all know what happened the next week against the Colts. The Rams defense and special teams came up big for the Rams and won this game single handedly and it would be hard for Bradford to do any better than Clemens did.

Instead of 4-6 the Rams sit at 6-4 and would be in perfect position to make a playoff run. Now if you were to put Zac Stacy in as the starter at running back at the beginning of the season with Bradford to give the Rams a run game you have to think that they would have beaten the Falcons and the Cowboys score may have been a little closer.

If that were to happen, at this point the Rams record would be at 7-3 and they would be in the playoffs heading into a game against a Bears team with a great chance to go 8-3 as the Bears have one of the worst defenses against the run and are right in the middle of the pack defending the pass.

The Rams have been right there this season and you can see what could have been or what might have happened had the Rams had a few different pieces in place and not suffered a major injury. To end this, Ill end it with what Rams fans have been saying for the last 10 years….”There’s always next year.”



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  • Gary Stewart

    here we go again this offseason the question of what to do about bradford will arise again. 3 different off coord. no wr no running game and after they patch the holes get a little continuity he wrecks his knee damn but 2014 while it is next year it better be the year or even i will look for the rams to go another direction. i am a homer fan and always find it hard to give up on our players bradford quick pead bailey and jones to name a few and i steadfastly stand behind all of them, with the possible exception being pead. the dumb taunting penalty was not like being in the wrong spot or a fumble he has to show alot b4 he is out of my doghouse the rest i believe in and all will contribute imo by the end of 2014.

    • Blaine Grisak

      I think you are right for every Rams fan it is playoffs or bust for Bradford, coming off a knee injury or not it is time we see some results. We know he can do it, he just needs to go out and do it. Ive jumped off the Pead train and am beginning to crawl off the Quick train. The guy continuously has no idea whats going on i.e. the Seahawks game, next year will be a statement year for him as well.

      • Gary Stewart

        the thing that makes it so hard to give up quick isnt really where he was drafted although it would hurt but the obvious replacement for him would be stedman bailey can we afford another small receiver on the fiels with tavon it is interesting it obviously worked in college but….that was college this is the pros. what has happened to austin pettis?? he makes the occasional chain moving catch then disappears for way too long. if quick could make the next step we could draft a project in rd 3-4 just get us a big tall kid with speed and maybe a kid out of stanford duke vandy etc with the brains to make up for lack of natural ability that usually gets drafted in the early rds not day 2-3.

  • KillerRamen

    You have to win games. For all of Bradford’s stats, he doesn’t know how to win games and he doesn’t know how to score in the end-zone.