The St. Louis Rams have acquired a comfortable level of talent at basically every position on the roster, but the one spot that will truly make or break the season is the quarterback position.
Sam Bradford was on his way to a career year in 2013, but his season ended prematurely with a knee injury in Week 7. If he can play a full 16-game season in 2014 and regain his form, then the Rams have as good an argument as anyone for the NFC West crown.
If Bradford suffers another injury or struggles to produce, someone else will need to step in and carry the offense.
As Bernie Miklasz of STLtoday.com reiterated, Year 3 is an important season for the Jeff Fisher regime. NFL organizations frequently follow the three-year plan—meaning the team must make the postseason in the third year, or the coach is officially on the hot seat.
If Bradford begins to weigh down the offense, putting the three-year plan in jeopardy, the coaching staff will undoubtedly replace him in the lineup, as desperate times call for desperate roster moves.
If Bradford does disappointment, is there another passer on the roster capable of carrying the Rams to victory?
Kellen Clemens—the No. 2 quarterback last season—stepped in for Bradford following his injury and played beyond expectations, finishing with a 4-5 record as a starter. Clemens is now with the San Diego Chargers, so he's off the table. The Rams will have to rely on one of the newcomers instead.
This article will breakdown all four quarterbacks on St. Louis' roster. If Bradford goes down with another injury, this article will give you an idea of what the backups are capable of doing.