Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A

Do the Rams Need To Draft A Quarterback?

With quarterback Sam Bradford coming off a torn ACL, there is some speculation that the Rams may need to take a quarterback at some point in the draft to be an insurance policy if Bradford doesn’t perform well.

The Rams can either take a quarterback in the draft and use a valuable pick to pickup a backup, or the Rams could end up signing a player in the free agent market.

Les Snead and Jeff Fisher have voiced that Bradford will be the starter moving forward, but what the Rams need is that quality backup as Bradford is beginning to earn the “injury prone label missing 15 of the past 48 games.

Dnt be mistaken, backup quarterback Kellen Clemens did a nice job filling in for Bradford this season, but the Rams had to completely change their offense, and let’s face it, not much got done through the air with Clemens at the helm. The Rams need a guy in which the offense doesn’t miss much of a beat from one guy to the next.

The first option for the Rams would be to grab a solid backup in free agency. Set to hit the free agent market this season are quarterbacks Josh Freeman, Michael Vick, and Josh McCown. All three have been backups this season, and all would be ready and prepared to step in at a moments notice and take over.

The Rams offense would hardly miss a beat if the Rams were to sign of those three guys, not to mention Jeff Fisher has done well with veteran quarterbacks with the biggest example being former Titans quarterback Kerry Collins.

This puts a veteran guy behind Bradford, similar to Clemens, but having a higher skill set, while also having a mentor or go to guy for Sam. This option isn’t as popular around Rams Nation opposed to the next option of drafting quarterback in the upcoming draft.

If the Rams draft a quarterback, it more than likely wouldn’t be until the later rounds leaving them with A.J. McCarron of Alabama, Zach Mettenberger of LSU, or Aaron Murray of Georgia.

Doing this would allow a young quarterback to sit behind Bradford while learning the game and being developed to possibly be Bradford’s successor if he fails to perform.

The downside of doing this brings the chances of the dangerous fan peer pressure to start the young quarterback when things start to look bad. Similar situations have happened with Tim Tebow, Kirk Cousins, and Case Keenum.

The starter doesn’t perform well, therefore the fans want to know what the young guy sitting on the bench can do. Most of the time that leads to disaster for a team.

Drafting a quarterback could end up hurting Bradford’s confidence with the fear of being replaced whereas adding a veteran guy in free agency would look more like adding a backup quarterback.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III dealt with that pressure this season, and it obviously affected his game in a negative way.

The Rams shouldn’t be totally against drafting a quarterback, but they should error on the side of caution. Drafting a quarterback could end up hurting the quarterback that they want to succeed.

Not only that, but the Rams have other needs to fill in the draft other than backup quarterback, such as in the offensive line and the secondary. The only way the Rams should take a quarterback is if they acquire extra picks by trading away the number two overall selection. Draft picks are just too valuable to be using on a player that the team never plans to start.

The Rams have some decisions to make at the quarterback position this offseason. The Rams won’t be replacing Bradford anytime soon, but the guy sitting on the bench behind Bradford is just as important.


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  • Gabe

    Sam Bradford sucks

  • Hornhead.

    Do the Rams need a QB ? Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes Bradford does suck !!!!!!!!

  • no

    yall are trippin Bradford does not suck, he has an elite arm

  • Gary Stewart

    this observation compiments of the 60 year old rams fan who has been rooting for them for 50 years. sam bradford is a good quarterback who has been improperly trained, or should i say has not been properly retrained. let me explain since the addition of givens and tavon and cook the coaching staff needs to stress ball security LESS!! hang on its coming he has been so concerned with ball security and stat protection that too many opportunities have been missed. lets say it 3rd and 8 from our own 32 bradford drops back and checks down to a safe under route it gets 3-5 yards, 4th down, punt play defense that was the old way. the new way should be bradford drops back and throws deep 50 yards downfield whether his wr is open yet or not. if we catch the ball we have it inside their 20 if not in the end zone. if they commit pass interference we get the ball inside their 20 if they commit holding we get 5 yards and a first down if they intercept we tackle them inside the 20 its like a punt. and if the ball falls incomplete you get into punt formation your pro bowl punter pins them inside their 25. am i crazy or does it make sense

    • Kenneth Tarlow

      I agree with you Sam’s throws are cautious, This is Fisher’s trademark. One thing about Bradford, He does have happy feet under pressure, and is not very mobile. He been hurt 2 out of his 4 years. A second QB is needed, but Sam’s salary is so large that a quality back-up cannot be afforded. Maybe if they draft a quarterback like Huntley from UCLA late first round or early second, let him sit on the bench for a year or two, then the Rams could compete with the other NFC West teams

      • Zachery Klausman

        I would have happy feet to if I continuously got rocked because I didn’t have a decent offensive line! The Rams need to draft OL we need to create a dominate offensive line this year!

  • Blaine Grisak

    In no way am I saying Bradford sucks…I am one of his biggest supporters, all Im saying is the Rams need to have an insurance policy behind him

  • Bill Stacy

    The problem is with Tebow it didn’t lead to problems because in fact Denver’s season turned around. To lump Tebow in like this shows that you are just a fan. Do your homework and don’t just believe what everyone else says.

    • Blaine Grisak

      I think you may have just misunderstood what I was trying to say. What I was going for, was that with a young quarterback on the sideline who has had success at the college level, fans tend to try and pressure the coaches into starting that young quarterback the second things start to go bad. e.g Tebow with the Broncos and Jets, even though he never started in NYC, Kirk Cousins in Washington, and Case Keenum in HOU.

  • Vivion Blake

    bradford needs four off line pro bowlers, all star tight end , 1600 yd rb and three hall of fame wide outs……………………………. DO YOU GET MY DRIFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • ricdram

    Am I the only one in Rams Nation that wants to
    give Austin Davis a shot ? It was said that he took a step back his 2nd year but I wonder if
    Shotty’s lame (lack of) offence was the reason.
    We should continue to develop Austin & NOT
    bring Clemons back. That last game vs. the
    Seahens was proof that Clemons was not a
    legit back up QB. What is Brady Quinn’s status?
    Is he gonna be asked back ?Anyone know ?

    • Blaine Grisak

      Austin Davis I guess could be an option, but Im not sure they would go in that direction and I doubt Quinn will be back, I think they only brought him in b/c Bradford got hurt and as a third string emergency QB.

      • cesarnoel

        Quinn is just a precaution if incase CLemens got injured

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  • Zachery Klausman

    People are going to hate and hate. What this comes down to is 3 things. 1. The St Louis Rams need to building a F-ing OL that is worth a dam and create running lanes and give Bradford time to throw and not worry about getting drilled! 2. Shotty is a terrible play caller he destroyed the Jets offense and ran off. 3. If we give Bradford an OL then he has no excuses If he cant play he cant play and we sit his azz down! Until the Rams build an OL that can stay healthy and is dominate we will never have success! The key to this game is the Trenches I don’t give a rats behind! If you don’t have an OL and DL that dominate the game you aren’t winning championships.

  • cesarnoel

    Drafting a QB in the mid to late rounds:

    Best options: AJ McCarron, Zach Mettenberger,
    Alternate: David Fales, Aaron Murray