As I was perusing NFL.com articles, I clicked on one that was a quarterback ranking. Gil Brandt ranked quarterbacks under the age of 30. Sam Bradford was listed at number 10. Brandt states that Bradford has everything necessary to be successful except that he might be too nice. By this, I imagine that he means Bradford doesn't have that killer instinct, is tucked in by his mother every night, and brings baked goods to games for the other team. Is it true? I don't think so.
At first reading that, you might agree with Brandt. After watching Bradford play, he doesn't show tons of emotion on the field. He gets excited after touchdowns, and sad after interceptions and sacks. Normal things. He is never shown yelling at teammates or rallying them. This last point might be more due to the fact the camera is looking elsewhere. Taking a closer look at games and I would have to throw out Brandt's point all together. Based on numbers I saw during the season and in games, Bradford played okay in the first quarter, not so hot in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, and played very well in the 4th quarter. I'm not going to quote any numbers because I'm too lazy to look them up, but Bradford does have the ability to win games and put opponents away. He just needs to play the way he does in the 4th during the whole game.
I believe that after this 2013 season, Brandt's rankings will have to be adjusted greatly. Sam Bradford will be more comfortable in the offense. There will be improvement at the wide receiver position and offensive line via the draft and free agency. Bradford will find more consistency in his game. Most games this past year he helped the team win and was often not the reason the team lost. This coming year, as the Rams fully transition into Sam Bradford's team, he will be the reason they win. That and dominating defense....
**With the Steven Jackson either gone, or the team transitioning away from him, Bradford will need to takeover the leadership role.