St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was on the injury report today, for the third time this season, with a bruised hip. Fortunately for the Rams, it does not look like a serious injury. That bullet dodged, Bradford's bruised hip raises a major red flag for a Rams team that seems powerless to keep its quarterback upright.
Bradford has been sacked 18 times this season. At this rate, he will be sacked 72 times, a number that would be the second most in NFL history, behind only the 76 sacks heaped upon David Carr in 2002. With more than $70 million invested in Bradford, the current sack rate borders on criminal negligence. (Sticking with the crime theme, the amount of money being paid to the offensive line borders on grand larceny).
Spagnuolo seemed mostly nonchalant in today's press conference, not at all upset with the direction of the team. He went so far as to borrow a little Beltway speak to say that the team "was not regressing, just not improving."
Last year, the Rams allowed just 34 sacks. Somehow, the current pace for 72 sacks does not represent a regression. Go figure.
Something needs to happen, fast. Last week, Bradford was dealing with a minor toe injury. This week, he's dealing with a hip contusion. If he keeps getting sacked at this rate, it's only a matter of time before it's a more serious injury, like the one we thought he suffered in the Eagles game or even something worse. Then there's always the shell shocked quarterback syndrome. Bradford looks to be tougher than David Carr or Marc Bulger, but 72 sacks can change a player.
It's sad to think that things could actually get worse, much worse, for a team still looking for its first win.