Sam Bradford's non-believers are in abundance on TST. Day in and day out there are countless articles, by numerous users and fans, about drafting Johnny Football and doing away once and for all with this disappointing Bradford era. Well, my friends, er...whatever you people are, I say nay to those nay sayers.
Whatever your belief is about the "excuses" behind Bradford's lack of productivity, they do hold some weight. 3 OCs in 3 years, a
terribly awful less than spectacular surrounding cast, what have you. But in what was to be the "make or break" season for ol Sammy Boy, his numbers were on par with 2 particular quarterbacks who just so happen to be in the same division, and also are playing for the NFC championship and a ride to the Super Bowl this weekend. Just in case I lost you with that long sentence, Bradford's numbers, if loosely calculated to 16 games, are on par with Colin Kaeperdick and Russell Wilson. Obviously this is assuming that Bradford would have played exactly the same as his first 7 games.
Russell Wilson's completion percentage is just above 63%. Bradford's comes in slightly lower than that at 59%, which I know, is lower. However Kaeperdick's completion percentage was below Bradford's at 58%. Again not by much but all are in the ballpark. Wilson was the best in this category, however his 26 touchdown passes comes in second to the 32 Bradford was on course to throw. Kaeperdick's 21 touchdowns come in last, again.
Both Kaeperdick and Wilson have thrown 8 picks. Bradford was on his way to 9 INTs, however I see that as acceptable as he would have thrown 11 and 6 more touchdown passes than them respectively, still giving Bradford the best touchdown to interception ratio among the 3.
Bradford would have also won in the yardage category. Had Bradford kept the same play, he would have thrown just above 3800 yards. Wilson threw about 3,350, over 400 yards less, and Kaeperdick had just under 3,200. Another interesting stat is that the Rams receivers as a team dropped 30 passes throughout the season (I honestly thought it'd be more). However Seattle only dropped 13 total passes and the 49ers let 19 get away from them.
So, purely based on stats, Bradford was hanging with the 2 arguably "best" quarterbacks in the NFC, while having worse receivers than both of their teams. If you ask me, thats good enough for another year to see what he can do in a full 16 games. Granted those numbers are skewed and there's no telling what Bradford's stats would have been had he been healthy the last 9 games. However I think he's earned a shot with our young receivers entering their 2nd or 3rd year to see what they can get doing.