I know many Ram fans that are a bit worried with the offense and Sam Bradford's performance thus far. But how critical can we really be of Sam? I'm not posting this to praise or degrade #8 just a thought of what is happening with Sam's NFL career.
First year under Pat he looked to be on track throwing 18 touchdowns and 3500 yds with 15 interceptions pretty good considering he has pretty much the same Receiver play. I think Dick curl the quarterback coach really helped Sam develop, something he didn't have his 2nd year. The offense was a West Coast offense short to intermediate passes that were timed. Sam seemed very comfortable and was alright for the most part. After the heartbreaking loss to Seattle for the playoff spot we entered the offseason. Pat Shurmur became the Browns coach (lol) and we Acquired McDaniels the offensive Guru he was going to bring the greatest show on turf back to St Louis.
Second year Under Joshua was quite a train wreck plain and simple. Start with the Draft offensively 2,3,4 Lance Kendricks,Austin Pettis, Greg Salas. Lance a pretty good blocker with ok hands and route running is OK but his consistency in the passing game is unacceptable. That touchdown he had against Arizona looked like he didn't know what a football was and why it was in his hands. Austin sort of the same deal, I'd like to see more snaps from him he does possess good hands and has that YAC potential. Greg Salas went with MC D I wish him the best. Now let's look at Sam's stats played 10 games 2100 passing yards 6 interceptions with 6 touchdowns. McDaniels offensive philosophy is different than shurmurs he liked spread receiver sets and to really attack down field. The Rams were not built for that and it showed Bradford was sacked 36 times in that 10 game period and got injured from the chaos. This Season was beyond a sophomore slump for Bradford and not having any blocking, receiving, or coaching help I almost have to say it didn't count and sure as hell didn't help progress our franchise qb.
This season So far has mixed reviews Sam has thrown 300 yards in 2 separate games and for the most part has made all the throws expected of him. He has an OK offensive line with 2 capable running backs 1 of them elite. Also the young receiving corps from the previous 2 years have gotten used to nfl speed and have progressed a tad bit. I think we will continue to see the offense improve, the toughness of the schedule will only help our team for the future. Back to Sam and I'm going to finish this by saying he is playing like a Sophomore Quarterback. Change in Scheme and personnel will hamper the performance of any young qb. This guy is not a flash in the pan he has an elite arm with great intangibles this guy is our Franchise QB. I'm excited to see how we finish this season and what we bring next year to bring out his full potential.