Super Bowl XLVII is fast approaching. On Sunday, February 3rd the Baltimore Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. It’s evident that both teams have benefited from a heightened level of Quarterback play; something that has kept them out of the big game over the past few seasons. Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick are playing at a very high level right now, and they’re doing so at a relatively young age. Neither have celebrated their 30th birthdays. You know who else is under 30? St. Louis Rams QB, Sam Bradford. How does these guys rank?
Everyone’s favorite NFL.com Analyst - Gil Brandt - has a few thoughts on the matter. You remember Gil, right? Most recently, he worked up this mock draft. Yea, he’s that guy. It’s uncertain whether or not this is being determined a ‘reach’ or just plain wrong.
Yesterday, Gil ranked the the NFL’s quarterbacks under 30, both numerically and in ‘groups’ [A-C]. For Bradford, his 3rd season in the pros ended the same way the first two did: with a losing record. By all accounts, Bradford had the best season of his very young career though. A fortified offensive line, and an upgrade or two at WR in the 2013 offseason would would be steps in the right direction, if the first overall selection in the 2010 draft is going to make it to ‘elite’ status. But what does Gil think about Sam after the 2012 season?
10) Sam Bradford, 25, St. Louis Rams
Bradford, who didn't have very good receivers to work with this season, wound up with the second seven-win campaign of his three-year career. He has all the tools to be successful, including athletic ability, but he just might be, well, too nice. He does have the work habits to prevail in a make-or-break 2013 season.
? Well, it’s not often that you hear someone be knocked for being too nice. I suppose this opinion derives from Sam’s quiet, calm demeanor. He’s certainly a far cry from Philip Rivers
, who screams while he’s eating Lucky Charms. But is Sam being ‘too nice
’ a concern? Would yelling, flailing his arms around, and getting in the face of the refs or fellow players get him above the seven win hump?
Rams fans should find a bit of solace in the fact that the Rams made great strides in 2012. With a competent coaching staff and a great offseason, the Rams fielded a quality [though inconsistent] product in 2012. The Rams are a very young team who have put parts in place to ensure that next season is indeed a success. The emergence of other sub-30 QB’s like Russell Wilson
and Colin Kaepernick
, make winning the West no easy feat. If Sam Bradford isn’t able to lead the team to a winning record because he’s, well, too nice, is it indeed a make-or-break
season for him?