June 12, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) talks with wide receivers during minicamp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
Oh sure, readers here think highly of Sam Bradford. Even CNN could figure out why since we are, you know, a site populated almost exclusively by St. Louis Rams fans. So I like to read the opinions of others on outside, reason opinions I should say, like this take on Bradford from Danny Kelly over at Field Gulls.
His take and videos after the jump.
Watching these videos, two of which come from our pals at Rams On Demand, it's striking just how good Bradford can be at times. When he's on his game, he can throw on the run as well as any quarterback in the league.
But that's just it, when he's on his game. Bradford struggled last season with poor receiving options, injuries and a lockout that gave him one month to learn a complex offense with no help from the coaches other than stretched-thin offensive coordinator.
Field Gulls notices the same things.
... what you'll see among some very impressive throws is a mixed bag of bad line play, weird Josh McDaniels playcalling, and some headscratching passes from the soon-to-be third year quarterback.
But, when I watch Rodgers, the first thing I notice is his ability to throw moving out of the pocket - lightning fast delivery and sling-shot delivery with great velocity on the football, and that throw by Bradford is reminiscent of the top arm talents in the NFL like Rodgers or Matt Stafford. He has the ability to make a 45-yard pass into the back of the end zone on a dime with touch and velocity -- that's rare.
Now, obviously, Bradford will have to put everything together; get on the same page as his receivers, which is no small feat, as we've talked about here recently - acclimate to his third coordinator in three years, and his second head coach, but if I'm a Rams fan I have to feel pretty good about the potential that's still there. I'm in the camp that believes the Rams are on the uptick and quick; particularly on defense, but their offense may still surprise some people.
Not to be a total homer, but if Jeff Fisher's steady approach brings quicker than expected improvement from players like Bradford, Kendricks, et al, then the Rams could be a much better team than most expect.