Weight: 225 lbs
Career Stats: 25 games, 58.1 percent completion, 5,483 passing yards, 24-20 TD-INT, 75.0 QB rating
Yes, I'm a diehard Rams fan who wrote a biased preseason article about how the Josh McDaniels/Sam Bradford-led Rams offense would bloom into the youngest and brightest in the league, all while Steve Spagnuolo's fiery defense continued to ascend to a top defense.
Boy, did I drop the ball on that one. The nightmare season was one of more unexpected things in the league this season.
In two years from now any of our top three QBs could be the best in the league, though. Brandon Lloyd has finally given Bradford a halfway decent receiver to throw to. Last year Bradford made guys like Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson and Danario Alexander look like possible breakout guys at times, but really it was Bradford's accuracy and tools that carried them.
I like Lloyd, but he was late bloomer at age 30 now. The Rams' dismal season could be a blessing in disguise if they can obtain a once-in-a-generation-type target like Justin Blackmon or Alshon Jeffery.
For Bradford to meet his full potential (believe me, he has as much poise and talent as any of these young bucks do), three things need to happen:
1. He needs to stay healthy and on his feet.
2. Billy Devaney must get him some young, athletic playmakers.
3. If Josh McDaniels is not the guy, then they need to find a viable replacement to replicate the success Bradford had under Pat Shurmur (now the Browns head coach).