Entering his third year as quarterback of the St Louis. Rams, former first-overall pick Sam Bradford will be working with his third different offensive coordinator. This is not exactly a recipe for success at the game's most important position.
After a disappointing 2011 season, there were rumblings of the Rams possibly trading Bradford to the Cleveland Browns, where he could be reunited with Pat Shurmur, who was Bradford's offensive coordinator during his much more successful rookie campaign.
Earlier today, speaking on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, Fisher continued to put his full support behind his quarterback (via PFT):
There’s no doubt. There’s a number of friends of mine in the league that know the league, and I had one of them tell me during the process that they thought Sam may be one of the better quarterbacks — or the best quarterback — in the league, he just hasn’t had a chance to prove it yet. That weighed very heavily in my opinion. Very, very impressive player. I think he has a tremendous upside.
While predicting greatness for Bradford is mostly the usual new-coach hyperbole that we get early in almost any offseason, Fisher is 100 percent correct when he intimates that Bradford hasn't been given much of a chance to reach the potential the team saw in him when they made him the first overall pick in the draft two years ago.
The NFL in general is far too quick to pull the plug on quarterbacks, and pulling the plug on Bradford would have been a mistake.
Fisher and company were wise to stick with Bradford and to try to build around his mostly as-of-yet untapped talent.