Jul 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) throws during training camp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Is This Sam Bradford's Last Season In St. Louis?


Breaking News!!! This is Sam Bradford‘s make or break year! As if we haven’t heard it a million times already. As fair, or unfair rather, as it is, this is in fact Sam Bradford’s make or break year. Play well and he might have a future with this team, play bad, and there’s no question the Rams could draft a quarterback in the first round next season to replace Bradford.

As much as some fans may have been upset that the Rams didn’t trade or release Bradford before or during the draft, it made a lot of sense why it didn’t happen. Nobody, not even the Raiders would want to take on that cap number, the Rams would have suffered a $7-million cap hit that would have held them back, and Bradford was better than any of the other quarterbacks in the previous draft with what he showed in the early goings of last season.

Next season however is different with the possibilities of what could be franchise quarterbacks Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, and Brett Hundley coming out. If Bradford crumbles under pressure, the Rams very well could target one of those three guys.

If Bradford crumbles, he most likely wouldn’t bring any trade value, and if released next season, it would only penalize the Rams $3.5-million which is much more reasonable than this season’s             $7-million.

The chances of this being Bradford’s last season are slim, but it will of course all depend on his play. Jeff Fisher has proven that he isn’t afraid to sit a player if he doesn’t play well. However, Jeff Fisher has also proven that Bradford is this team’s quarterback, and that they are behind him until proven otherwise.

Last offseason the team put weapons around Bradford which lead to what could have been his best season as a NFL quarterback had he not gotten hurt. In fact, he very well could have been, dare I say, a top ten quarterback.

This offseason the team has taken what was a pretty shaky offensive line, and made a what could be dominant offensive line, if they can stay healthy of course. The front office and coaches have made a point that they are going to give Bradford the supporting cast he needs and deserves. He got his weapons, and now he has his offensive line, all he needs to do is win.

The Rams have a solid running game and a what could be elite defense, both of which are a quarterback’s best friend. This is not a team that Bradford will have to carry on his shoulders like he has had to in the past, this season, he will have help.

The fact of the matter is, Les Snead and Jeff Fisher are 500% behind Sam Bradford and will live or die with him. They believe that Bradford is the guy that is going to take them where they want to go, and with the pieces in place, he very well could.

Sam Bradford is by no means a bad quarterback, but he isn’t Peyton Manning either. The Rams are finally ready for Bradford to be a winner, the pieces are there. Unless Bradford completely flops this year, this will not be Sam Bradford’s last season in St. Louis.

 

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  • randomfandom

    No doubt, there are no more excuses. I like bradford but he cant hide behind these excuses anymore. He must succeed this season. I am rooting for you sam! Be the qb you know you can be!

    • pboi619

      He will succeed long as our WR catch the ball

      • randomfandom

        That is true. The recievers have been less than impressive with their hands the last few years

  • Rick Talley

    Whether he is successful or not, largely depends on one thing: health. There is no doubt Bradford has the talent, and the article makes the very astute point, that he was better than anyone drafted at qb this year. Nope, the only thing Rams fans need to do, is PRAY that Sam stays healthy!

    • trinity

      That’s not the only thing rams fans need to pray for. They need to pray that he actually performs well. When he has been healthy, he has been mediocre. But now, he has absolutely no more excuses. The pieces are there. He just has to stay healthy AND play better.

      • pboi619

        Fun fact Bradford has almost a 60% cmp rate since he been in the league….you cant say hes been mediocre when the teams he played on was just plain bad from top to bottom thats why most of the roster was fliped when fisher came….last year it was a freak injury but was having a great year in another article they explained how he would of had better numbers if not for the 21 drop pass 4 of which was for TD’s in 7 games he would have had 18 td’s in 7 games thats a great number….He obviously was stepping up his game last year but the players around him didnt his supporting cast was Mediocre not Bradford just imagine if WR catch half of those passes he would of ended with 2,000yards and 18tds 4ints which would have put him up there with Peyton Manning so say what you want but Bradford is not to blame its ‘HIS” supporting cast

        • trinity

          In 2010 he threw 18 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 219 yards per game. In 2012 he threw 21 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 231 yards per game. The other 2 years he was hurt. There it is. That is what he has produced in his career.

          Do you know the beauty of stats? They don’t lie :). Lol there is always an excuse for you Sam Bradford apologists, but one thing you cannot argue with is undeniable fact. And the facts are right there in black and white. I call him mediocre because he has been mediocre, as you can see in black and white by looking at his production. Or lack thereof.

          • Gary Stewart

            in the 6 and a 1/2 games he played in on 2013 he threw for 13 tds and 4 ints forget the drops lets just go with what really happened THE STATS that do not lie he averaged about 250 ypg. using those numbers to project over 16 games would give yo 32 tds and about 3800 yards with 9 ints thats pretty darn good for a run first team. all that said it will be easy for the rams to cut him after this year (if he fails) but if he performs similar to 2013 for a full 2014 season his 13 mil cap hit will justify giving him another year in 2015

          • trinity

            Those 13 tds aren’t enough to make me go back on my opinion, because it doesn’t take away from the fact that when he’s played full seasons, he’s only been average at best.

          • Calvin G Suddeath

            I guess you opinion determines how long he is on the Rams.Ok.

          • pboi619

            His rookie year he had 18tds and 15ints….in 2012 you telling me 231 per game is bad ?????? you have to look our line and WR go ahead name our line his first three seasons come on now…your trying to dismiss the fact that he was on Bad team his first two seasons he was the most sacked QB…Kap had 21 tds this season and still went to the playoffs know why cause he has a great O-line and supporting cast…Russell won the super bowl guess what he only had 26tds so say what you want its a team sport and if you have no protection for the QB and WR who cant catch well your team isnt going to get far….you want to blame Bradford but tell me where is the talent around him to help him cause i can tell you now that our O-line has not helped him at all last year they got better and you seen his numbers rise…he hasnt been mediocre our O-line and Wr core has been

          • Calvin G Suddeath

            And the junior GM’s are out in full force.

          • trinity

            You don’t have to be a GM to simply look at stats. Can you disprove stats? No you can’t.

          • Calvin G Suddeath

            Yes and I saw progress by you are too myopic see that.

          • https://twitter.com/HenryOwen1Seven Henry Owen

            Look at last year, he threw 14 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions in 7 games. If he played the whole season he would certainly have been a top 15, if not top 10 QB. This season he just needs to stay healthy.

          • trinity

            Could’ve, should’ve, would’ve, but guess what? He didn’t. And sooner or later, durability has to be factored into ability. We could easily engage in pointless speculation on what he WOULD HAVE done. Nobody can know that for sure. But what we do know for sure is that the 2 times he did play a full season, he was mediocre at best. Certainly nowhere near a top 10 quarterback. That’s laughable actually haha. Stop making excuses for this guy. He has not gotten it done, period. He has to this year or I’m betting he’s out, as he should be.

          • Natedogg265

            “if” is meaningless.

          • Rick Talley

            Yeah, and we all know football is a black and white subject….

          • Paul

            Hey TRINITY ! WHAT HAPPENED ? BRADFORD DuMp uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

      • seann

        have u seen his W L In the Div. I think he is a good qb and with the right WR he could be a great one

  • trinity

    Absolutely, the pieces are there. There is always an excuse for Sam Bradford apologists, but even they are out of justifications. His entire career, Bradford has either been hurt or unimpressive, All the while making ridiculous money. The time is this season. He’s either going to get good, or get gone.

  • drewspinoso

    Bradford can barely hold a bra on those shoulders so a whole football team might be asking too much! I’m not giving up on him but he’s just like Kurt Warner and needs an expensive offensive line to protect him and that means taking team friendly discount! Maybe they can afford another top guard/center! With the added discount he’s preparing to give the Rams to be a winner….and we’ll forget about 20 million that’s been wasted on him!

    • pboi619

      Is it his fault that he was the product of the old Draft contracts….? We dont need expensive line anymore thanks to Fisher and the drafting hes been doing…he was putting the team on his back last season but the team wasnt helping him out with drop passes and bad secondrary play cant do it all himself

      • trinity

        Excuses excuses excuses excuses

        • Calvin G Suddeath

          Junior GM at work.

          • Natedogg265

            How are you any different?

          • Calvin G Suddeath

            It’s simple,I don’t make claims of knowing more than the coaches.How about you?

          • Natedogg265

            Sure you do.

          • Calvin G Suddeath

            I don’t see how I am making any claims when I agree with what Fishers says about the previous cast being subpar.Not sure where you are getting that from.Incidently,why did you stop posting on TST?

  • tom

    wish you media lived or died from your words/actions. Bradford is a top ten qb. He is the Ram QB AND WILL BE FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. LEAVE IT ALONE ALREADY. If not for a jerkwater hit from behind Rams would have made playoffs easily last year.

    • trinity

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! I’m sorry, did you just say Bradford was a TOP TEN QB?? and you base that opinion on what? How brilliant he’s played so far in his career? Lol if I was into drugs, I would want whatever drug you are on. Its clearly some powerful stuff. Lol!!!

      • Calvin G Suddeath

        It’s based upon the fact that you don’t know what you are talking about.

        • trinity

          Whatever you need to tell yourself Calvin :)

          • Calvin G Suddeath

            Trinity you are clueless.At some point you going to have to realize you opinion means nothing so go troll some other website

          • trinity

            Apparently it does mean something to you since you keep replying, asshole. This is a comment section meant to give opinions on the piece written, and that’s what I’m doing. And you will either live with that opinion, or go dive off a fucking cliff. The choice is yours.

          • Calvin G Suddeath

            And you know what they say about opinions.My choice is to keep letting you keep making a fool out of yourself with your laughable upstart opinions.

          • trinity

            Considering the fact that I posted and defended proven facts, the only one who’s making a fool out of themselves is you. You just claimed you “have a life” in the other reply you sent. And yet you’re taking time out of that “life” to reply to someone you disagree with, in failed attempt at hurting my feelings lol. You’re a joke and a loser, and you’re not fooling anyone. Go ahead and have the last word. I know it will make your day. You’re pathetic, and you’ve bored me too much to even read or comment back to your “clever” reply. Get out of the basement and get a life.

          • Calvin G Suddeath

            I like laughing at this ridiculous blather you continue posting.But now you started the name calling and it’s time to take the kid gloves off.In looking at what you have been posting,I notice a startling trend.The fact that you point to the quarterback (in other subjects you talk about Ponder and Alex Smith)as if he is the only player on offense.Historic(2007 thru 2011) the Rams have had issues with the skilled positions and their offensive line yet you use your selective memory to use that laughable banter to put it all on Bradford.I have been watching football since 1971 and have a firm grasp on what it takes for a team to be successful on offense(Do your research on the Rams in 1981 and the years 1993 and 1994).Bradford is a dropback passer and requires protection and claim that the statistics don’t lie but yet you ignore the one that truly matters,pass protection and the Rams have been in the cellar of that for years not mention the high turn over in that area and coaching.With that said,I suggest you stop putting it all on one player and learn more about football.Cretin!!

          • trinity

            So I’m expecting something completely different when this email notification flashed up on my galaxy. You can imagine my surprise, when I see it is a random reply from a 2-3 day old discussion from a guy that I had honestly already forgotten about. If that is not bad enough, I open this message a see, to my shock, that you’ve sent me a long winded message basically saying (from the little I did actually read), that you have been stalking my profile to follow my recent debate on a player I despise, Alex Smith. What in the fuck is wrong with you? Seriously. Do you not see how creepy this is? Calvin. Do yourself a favor. Step away from the computer. Put on your coat. Go outside. And get yourself a life. I actually feel sorry for you. I mean, why the hell are you even still thinking about me?? Go get yourself a life dude.

          • Calvin G Suddeath

            Kinda like what I saw on my iphone this morning from you on my way to work.As I can tell,What you are saying is a cop out because you’ve been called out.How creepy is that? and you’ve yet to follow up to what my retort to your so-called statistics.In all chat rooms people look at historic posts so don’t flatter yourself.I suggest you get a life and learn the game of football.Have a nice life.

          • trinity

            Yeah I didn’t read that either. stop being a loser and stop stalking me. Hopefully this is the last time I hear from you. Go make an actual friend. Take care.

          • Calvin G Suddeath

            Stalking?That’s funny.You are really full of yourself.You need to get over yourself.If you really want this to stop,don’t respond anymore.You buffoon.I just proved you know nothing about about football because you never respond.Have a nice life loser.And if you had any real smarts,you would see by my facebook page I have a plenty of friends so keep being a no knowledge moron.

  • tom

    some people are just blind to reality go home trinity

    • trinity

      Lol how is reciting proven statistics blind to reality? By “blind to reality”, you clearly mean “truth that you don’t want to hear”

      • Calvin G Suddeath

        Get over your delusions Trinity

  • Calvin G Suddeath

    These make or break stories are getting old.Last year was suppose to be it.Now it’s this year.This is getting old.

    • trinity

      Then why did you read it?

      • Calvin G Suddeath

        To laugh at people like you.

        • trinity

          Then I suggest you go get a life

          • Calvin G Suddeath

            I have a life thats why I keep laughing at you.

  • Calvin G Suddeath

    This website along with TST has more stories about whether Bradford will be on the Rams than any other website.Why is that?