Madden 2013: Sam Bradford and Quarterbacks Whose Ratings Will Take a Hit

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IApril 25, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12:  Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams warms up before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
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The release of Madden 2013 brings as much excitement to hardcore gamers and sports fans everywhere as it does scrutiny over the game itself and the ratings that certain players are given.

A bad season can turn any high-rated player into a mere shell of himself and the quarterback position is certainly no different.

Here are some quarterbacks that had a rough season and could fall victim to a lower player rating in 2013.


Sam Bradford

Madden 2012 rating: 85

After a rough season behind center full of painful injuries and devastating sacks, Bradford has a lot of work to do in forgetting about his nightmare of a sophomore season.

Bradford was five points up from his 2011 rating last season, but I'm not so sure how forgiving the game's creators will be this time around.

I would hope they take into effect the fact that Bradford didn't have much of a team around him thanks to little overall talent and injuries in key positions including the offensive line.

Expect the former No. 1 overall pick to take a hit, however slightly it might be.

Projected 2013 rating: 83


Mark Sanchez

Madden 2012 rating: 83

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets throws against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Sanchez might not be so fortunate thanks to being on a team with much higher expectations than those of the lowly Rams.

The New York Jets had their fair share of issues last year and it resulted in Sanchez taking a step back in his third season. He posted 18 interceptions and a completion percentage that still rivaled his rookie  numbers.

New York's team as a whole will suffer a lower rating in Madden 2013 and so goes the same for Sanchez's as well. That is unless the game takes into account a bad offensive coordinator and locker room problems.

Projected 2013 rating: 80


Kevin Kolb

Madden 2012 rating: 84

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 11:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals is hit by Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers as he tries to thorw the ball down field at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm
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The Arizona Cardinals invested a lot in the acquisition of Kevin Kolb hoping that he would be the long-term solution for them behind center. After completing a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cards signed their newest quarterback to a big contract extension.

Instead, the unproven QB finally got his chance to play everyday and didn't exactly make the most of it. When he wasn't injured, Kolb was ineffective and only completed 57 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.

It certainly wasn't a progression from Kolb's previous season when he completed 60 percent of his passes and showed a ton of promise in the process.

His regression, however bad his team might've been, is too much to ignore when rating Kolb for Madden 2013.

Projected 2013 rating: 79


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