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Bradford has had minimal support up front.
The Rams offense has made strides since last year.
For instance, Sam Bradford is a more polished passer and decision maker than he was in 2011. In three games, he's thrown only interceptions.
That doesn't sound great, but consider that the one against the Redskins was a simple case of not seeing the defender. It did come in the end zone, making it that much more costly, but I'm not worried about Bradford moving forward.
One of the picks against the Bears was a short, quick throw to Danny Amendola that was deflected off the defender and into the hands of Major Wright who took it 45 yards for the score.
Still, look at Sam's numbers. He's averaging 220 yards per game through the air, and has thrown four touchdowns. Let's not forget about his quarterback rating, an average 85.4, deflated by a terrible day in Chicago. So if you take out this past weekend when Bradford was sacked six times, he's had a very solid start to the season.
Back to the offense as a whole. I see two weaknesses right now that need to be addressed in this order: the offensive line and the running game.
The o-line has been torn up by injuries in the first two games of the season, notably to T Rodger Saffold and C Scott Wells. Wells is the key piece, as he was placed on IR after breaking his foot in the opener according to Adam Caplan. Bradford is routinely pressured, but against the Lions and Redskins, he was able to minimize the damage. Against a Chicago secondary that held Brandon Gibson and Amendola to less than 100 total yards receiving, Bradford didn't have the time in the pocket to make quick decisions.
Sam was hit 15 times against the Bears, six of them sacks. It's a shame that injuries have prevented the Rams from having the same offensive line together for three games.
Secondly, Steven Jackson just doesn't look good right now. He was never known for breaking huge runs, but his longest run through three contests is 12 yards. In addition, he's averaged 3.4 yards per rush. Yes, he didn't play for the majority of the game against Washington, but when he has played I haven't seen that spark that he's had in the past. It seems like he's on the decline.
Is Daryl Richardson ready to step in and play a major role in the running game? There is no indication from the team that a decision like that will made soon, so S-Jax will need to change his ways because Sam Bradford needs a supporting cast in the backfield. The offensive line play does nothing to help a guy like Jackson.