St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford does not care for synthetic laces on his footballs. The fake laces are too big and change the way you grip the ball, says Bradford. He also revealed that the playbook will once again be a fairly vanilla operation for the Rams this week against the Chiefs.
Bradford's comments to the media, after the jump;
(On if he has figured out the timing of the deep route with WR Chris Givens)
"We're trying to. There's no doubt that he can fly. When he's on a deep route, there's no two-hitching it, we've got to get it up on the first hitch or else it's not going to get there. I think that's what he brings to this offense. The fact that he is so fast, he's going to be able to stretch the defense and hopefully blow the top off of it."
(On Saturday's game plan for Kansas City)
"We really haven't talked about the game yet, so if I had to imagine, it would probably be the same game plan as last week. Probably very simple, but they haven't told us so until they do that, everything's live. But I'd imagine they probably want to keep it pretty simple."
(On if he will need surgery on his ankle after the season)
"That would be news to me. To be honest, I'm tired of talking about the ankle and until it causes me to miss reps or miss time, it's a non-issue."
(On the approach to Saturday's game)
"Obviously, go out there, play with a good tempo on offense, try to eliminate some of the self-inflicted wounds that we had last week and then I think goal No. 1 is to put points on the board. Obviously, last week, the first drive, we put together a nice drive, but failed to finish it and didn't get rewarded with any points. This week, it would be nice to put a couple drives together and put points on the board."
(On if the quarterbacks are using synthetic laces this week)
"They've been at practice. I'm not sure if they're going to be used in a game or not. I really hope we don't use them."
(On if he has thrown balls with the synthetic laces this week in practice)
"I have and I do not like them."
(On if he had them in college)
"No, we did not."
(On if the synthetic laces have a different feel)
"Yes. To me, they're a little bigger. They sit a little higher off the ball. It just feels different in your hand."
(On former Rams WR Torry Holt and DB Aeneas Williams)
"It means a lot. Obviously, those two guys were great players for this franchise, great players in this league, and any time you have guys like that who are willing to come back on their own and help out younger guys, I think it's awesome. Just having T. Holt in the wideout room talking to those young guys, I don't think there could be anyone better doing it. I'm really excited that he's back helping those guys."
(On WR Brian Quick)
"It looked like the light bulb came on today for him. He had a great practice, made a lot of tough catches in traffic and if he can do that, he's definitely going to help this football team. The grabs he made today weren't easy. He's got the ability. Hopefully it's something he uses today and builds on and keeps getting better."
(On if he expects Quick to play more this week)
"I don't know. Like I said, we haven't talked about the game, so I don't know."