Sam Bradford is the starting quarterback for the St. Louis Rams now. The Cardinals will start Bradford against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, giving the No. 1 selection in the 2010 NFL Draft an early look at NFL defenses. No answer has been given about whether Bradford will hold on to that job, but if he shows early success on the field, you can safely bet that he will retain the starting role. The whole reason that Bradford was thrust into the starting role was because of an injury to A.J. Feeley, and now Bradford will have the chance to prove that he is ready. Tossing Sam Bradford right into the fire is a risky move for the St. Louis Rams, but it is also a way to guarantee that a few more seats will be sold for home games featuring Bradford.
According to ESPN, Bradford went 33-55 in passing during the preseason, with 338 passing yards and three touchdowns. Two of the most impressive statistics have to be that in one game the Rams didn’t give up any sacks, and during the preseason, Bradford didn’t throw a single interception. This shows that the new offensive line for the Rams might be able to keep Bradford from getting injured, and that they are also giving him enough time to make smart decisions behind the line. It he can keep performing like this into the 2010 NFL regular season, maybe this Rams team won’t be as bad as people had originally thought. If they can spread the ball, that will also provide more running room for Steven Jackson on the field.
Last season for the Rams, running back Steven Jackson had 1,416 rushing yards on 324 carries for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. He was only able to manager four touchdowns though, as the Rams were constantly stalling out on offensive drives. The team finished 1-15 on the year, and that resulted in them getting the No. 1 selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. Now one of the worst offenses in football will try to prove that they are much better this season, but the defense is also going to have to put a stop to the nearly 400 yards per game they were giving up. Can the Rams pull it together this season and contend in the wide-open NFC West? Possibly; but it’s safer to look at this as Bradford learning on the job, and nobody is expecting him to be error free in his first season with the big boys.