Turf Show Times is now divided into three sections. The Sam supporters, the Sam haters and the undecided. Almost every post on Sam Bradford turns into a bloody fist fight over who is right. I have to say I am kind of disappointed I live in India, and therefore cannot take pat in these discussions, which I tend to chuckle at the next morning. Some of the things being said by both sides are ridiculous. Sure, I am a Sam supporter, and probably I would make some dumb comments in the heat of the moment, (ok, maybe not some). but some of the things being said are ridiculous. Ryan Van Bibber is (from what I understand) the leader of a cult that hates Sam Bradford, and he only likes to write negative things about Sam Bradford. or Sam Bradford is a horrible pick, and we should have gone with RG3 (actually, only extremist say this) or Sam should be replaced with Austin Davis. or how everyone else is wrong, and need to see the light ( Pekka, I'm looking at you) . Since I can't do it on the threads, I want to give you my thoughts here.
Sam Bradford is in his third years so far. This is his third offense in three years. This is his second year with a QB coach. All of these things have hurt his development. His offensive line has frankly not always played up to par. Then people say he isn't winning games. Set aside all of these issues, and tell me, has there ever been a time where Sam has lost us the game? Not that I can remember. His stats aren't so gaudy, and therefore people write him off. What people don't see is that some of his incompletions where throws out of bounds, to avoid the sack. People hate him for falling down before getting sacked in the SF game, which was really a smart play by him. There is no way he is going to avoid Aldon Smith. And in that situation, you don't want your QB to fumble the ball, or get hurt. By falling down, he prevented this from happening. People talk about how he 'overthrew' Gibson. Gibson was covered by two people, the throw was made so that either Gibson made a play, or the ball goes out of bounds.
Think about the quarterbacks that people are calling better then Sam. Andy Dalton, he has A.J Green. Matt Ryan, he has Julio Jones and Roddy White. Tom Brady has Llyod, Gronk, Hernandez, Welker. Rodgers has Nelson, Finley, Cobb. Ponder has AP. RG3 has Garcon and Moss and Davis. Luck has Wayne, Avery, Fleener, Newton has Steve Smith. Stafford has Megatron and Young. Wilson has Sidney Rice, Baldwin, Tate. Sam has Gibson, Amendola, Givens, Kendricks. None of them have yet reached their potential.
What I want to conclude is that Sam is not perfect, he deserves some criticism, and he will probably be the first to tell you that. But there is no reason for people to give up on him yet. He is far from best, and we would have to wait. In the end, I think Sam will become a superbowl winning QB. He has the arm, he has smart and he has thee will. And for someone who played so well in college that he would have a day named after him? Yeah. Sam is like an Aikmen, or a Archie Manning. Both of those quarterbacks were some of the best, but they couldn't do it all alone.