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This is the big one—Sam Bradford's growth will determine the ultimate ceiling of the Jeff Fisher-era Rams.
If Sam the Ram can elevate his play to a Pro Bowl level, there's no limit on how great this Rams team can become someday.
But if Bradford levels out and remains just a slightly above-average passer, it could be difficult for the Rams to accomplish more than the occasional playoff appearance.
In 2011, Bradford suffered through an injury-riddled season that hurt his production and forced some to question his future.
Bradford bounced back this past season with 21 touchdowns, 3,702 yards and an 82.6 quarterback rating in what was an admirable 2012 performance.
Additionally, his comfort level as a leader seems to be improving, as is evident from the multiple fourth-quarter rallies throughout the season (Detroit, Buffalo, San Francisco and Minnesota).
Bradford is a late bloomer compared to Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, but the former No. 1 overall pick has all the tools to become an elite quarterback in the future.
What Will It Take?
For quarterbacks, the most important factor in earning a Pro Bowl bid is the ability to post gaudy statistics—particularly yards and touchdowns.
And since quarterbacks are both blamed and credited by the media for every little thing, the team's win total is also an important factor.
In a conference loaded with top-tier quarterbacks, Sam Bradford will have to exceed 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns to be considered.
Additionally, the Rams will have to win approximately 10 games.
Scrambling quarterbacks—Michael Vick, Cam Newton and RGIII—can typically earn a bid without the impressive aerial stats because they make up for it on the ground.
For pocket passers, such as Bradford, lighting up the sky is the only way.
As of now, it appears Bradford has a long way to go before he's capable of posting Drew Brees-type numbers.
Then again, it took Tom Brady six NFL season to exceed 4,000 yards, so don't count out Bradford just yet.