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  • Rambling Fan posted 279 days ago

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    The Truth Behind Sam Bradford- 3 things I want to touch on. Number 1, Bradford's statistics from 2013 were inflated, Bradford's health as a problem and lastly Schottenheimer. #1- Inflation. Due to the complete lack of a running game in weeks 1-4 the passing attack was dialed up to highest form. Although we still had 15-25 rushes a game, the passing attempts were more frequent as this was the only thing giving our offense success. Not only that, the first 3 games of the season we played from behind again needing to throw the ball. Most of Bradford's success came against the Texans and Jags, 2 of the 3 worst teams in the NFL last year. 9 of his TDs came against the Jags, Texans and Falcons (who had a bottom 5 defense last year). You take these 3 games away and Bradford has 5 Tds in 4 games and about 1,000yds in 5 (about 200 per game). Neither of these numbers are by any means impressive. #2, Bradford's health. The health record alone of Sam Bradford should be enough to cut any other player from a team. Especially when that player is a QB. His injuries date back to college with his massive shoulder injury followed up by knee ailments. By the time he made it to the NFL he was already pretty beaten up. The fact he made it through his rookie year unscathed with THAT offensive line is impressive. However after that he managed to let all us Rams fans down. After suffering another shoulder injury and high ankle sprain, the 2011 season was dismal. 2012 wasn't too bad, but Bradford still managed to miss a couple games with some ailments. Finally in 2013, the FIRST year that was supposed to make or break Bradford he tears his ACL. When looking at this next season and the tenacity of defenses in the West, it is not a question of 'If Bradford gets hurt' but 'When'. Even if Bradford managed to post great numbers and win us games in 2014 his contract isn't worth renewing. He is already grossly overpaid for his 'talents' and an extension would most likely result in a raise (which is sickening considering he is a top 8 paid QB). But the main reason for staying away from a contract renewal is his health. I don't care how good a QB is if he can't stay on the field he won't be successful (Mike Vick). The last part of my rant involves Brian Schottenheimer. Many fans hate him...none love him. When you go into the dictionary and look up mediocre conservative offensive coordinator there is a picture of him. Even if Sam had never been injured and had a mediocre line and wide receivers we would not know how good he is due to Schottenheimer's horrific play calling. He is predictable and boring which is why our offense has been mediocre at best the past two seasons. Now that we have actual playmakers on the offensive side of the ball (Tavon, Tre, Sted, Britt) there is no reason for the offense to be drawl. I too believe that the key to success is running the ball and playing good defense, however that does not mean how you run the ball needs to be predictable. Look at Seattle. Look at San Fransisco. Look at Carolina. There is no reason why we too cannot have an exciting rushing attack. This is not only a make or break year for Bradford, but also for Schotty. And if one does a poor job, you better believe the other will follow suit. The good news? If either fails both should be gone at the end of the season.