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Bradford still can't crack Rams' first team

Reviews of No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford’s practice performance continue to be positive, for the most part.  The West Coast scheme taught by Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is similar to what Bradford learned at Oklahoma.  Bradford also spent plenty of time under center as a Sooner, so taking direct snaps is not foreign to him despite coming from a college spread offense.

The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner is sharing time on the second and third units with second-year quarterback Keith Null, who threw nine interceptions, fumbled three times, and went 0-4 in four 2009 starts.  Journeyman A.J. Feeley, who hasn’t thrown a pass since the 2007 season, is currently the Rams’ first-stringer.
“There are some balls that have sailed,” admitted Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo when discussing Bradford’s passing so far.  “It’s different now.  The game’s a little bit faster, and it’s going to get faster.”
Plenty of observers will downplay Bradford’s inability to earn first-team snaps by saying the Rams are “easing in” their franchise quarterback.  However, fellow top-ten picks Trent Williams, Russell Okung, Tyson Alualu, and Eric Berry have already been installed as starters for their respective teams.  Even second-round pick Nate Allen has cracked the first-team defense in Philadelphia.
We’re not saying this is a bad sign, necessarily.  The Rams, presumably, have a plan in place that will eventually allow Bradford to gain a rapport with the likes of Laurent Robinson, Donnie Avery, and Danny Amendola.
For now, though, he’s stuck throwing to backups on a team that has perhaps the worst backups in the league.
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30 Responses to “Bradford still can't crack Rams' first team”
  1. Hap says: Jun 5, 2010 12:09 PM

    “For now, though, he’s stuck throwing to backups on a team that has perhaps the worst backups in the league.” Dude, they have the worst EVERYTHING in the league. Somebody get that Head Coach(great D-Coach) some help.
    Again, who’s the GM of this debacle ?

  2. 9to19 says: Jun 5, 2010 12:10 PM

    Whether he starts this year is irrelevant. Stafford couldn’t bring his team a winning season because he’s still learning the game (and neither could Bradford if he was starting) and Sanchez was carried into the playoffs by his defense. Both threw more picks than TDs. This article is pretty unfair to Bradford and I’m not even an OU/Rams fan. Comparing his position to OTs and safeties is pretty far-fetched as well.

  3. Hap says: Jun 5, 2010 12:13 PM

    BTW, how does Nate Allen fit into this post ? Since you mentioned him, Miles is looking fwd to meeting Nate in the End Zone.

  4. GBfanForever says: Jun 5, 2010 12:16 PM

    It’s in his best interest to not start right away. Give first string snaps to the guy who WILL be the starter. This article is using a sort of “push poll” and false comparison with guys in different positions and situations.

  5. QB_of_the_Future says: Jun 5, 2010 12:16 PM

    If the O-line is that bad, who do you want taking the majority of the ass-whoopin’s, AJ Feeley, Keith Null (Who? Keith Null. Who? Keith Null. WHO? Exactly.), or your #1 overall pick?
    Hell, see if TJ Rubley and Tony Banks wanna come in for some playing time, too.

  6. 4evrnyt says: Jun 5, 2010 12:19 PM

    BUST!!

  7. JackDiesel says: Jun 5, 2010 12:19 PM

    This article makes a big deal about nothing. 1st it’s OTA’s and 2nd it’s smart to bring in a rookie QB slowly. No need to destroy his confidence.

  8. Stephen says: Jun 5, 2010 12:22 PM

    Evan, please stop fishing for legit controversy and find legit news. Thanks.

  9. zoinks says: Jun 5, 2010 12:25 PM

    The best way to prepare Bradford for the regular season would be to dump him blindfolded from the back of a pickup truck in rush hour traffic on I-70.

  10. stiller43 says: Jun 5, 2010 12:25 PM

    “…with the likes of Laurent Robinson, Donnie Avery, and Danny Amendola.”
    There’s a receiving corps that will strike fear in NFL defenses.

  11. tinopuno says: Jun 5, 2010 12:26 PM

    # Hap says: June 5, 2010 12:13 PM
    BTW, how does Nate Allen fit into this post ? Since you mentioned him, Miles is looking fwd to meeting Nate in the End Zone.
    ——————————————————-
    Miles will need to look elsewhere for his romantic liazons. Nate is not into Girlie Men.

  12. Buck Stallion says: Jun 5, 2010 12:27 PM

    9to19 is spot on.
    This article is rediculous. It makes me wonder if this Evan Silva guy knows anything about the NFL.

  13. tnsteve says: Jun 5, 2010 12:29 PM

    You can’t compare him to non-QB’s. How many rookie QB’s have been installed on the first team the first week of June in recent memory? Not many…

  14. jsinforo says: Jun 5, 2010 12:38 PM

    haha, i love how these cowboy fans put all this faith in these undrafted scrubs that make up their first team offense..

  15. CTifer says: Jun 5, 2010 12:43 PM

    “Plenty of observers will downplay Bradford’s inability to earn first-team snaps by saying the Rams are “easing in” their franchise quarterback. However, fellow top-ten picks Trent Williams, Russell Okung, Tyson Alualu, and Eric Berry have already been installed as starters for their respective teams”
    Hmmm, how many of those guys are QB’s for a bad team and no offensive line? None. No wonder they’re starters.
    That’s awful logic you tried using there.

  16. tombrookshire says: Jun 5, 2010 12:43 PM

    Not to mention some just awful first stringers. If they are relying on AJ Feeley as their starter they are in a world of trouble. Bradford isn’t going to want to be on a first unit where he is on his ass looking skyward for the 2010 season.

  17. Farves sweet Hair says: Jun 5, 2010 12:51 PM

    give this kid some time! He’ll be the best player on that horse crap team.

  18. The Devil says: Jun 5, 2010 12:57 PM

    The only CRACK will be when his shoulder takes an NFL hit or a 350lb NFL DT falling on his ass.
    One and Done
    Unproven, Untested will become a bust – but he will be forgiven for the only reason (unlike Leaf, Russell) he gave effort…. this is and was a sham of a draft pick

  19. NinerNation says: Jun 5, 2010 1:08 PM

    I think Niner fans(me) are best suited to comment on this one…JUST LOOK AT ALEX SMITH, YOU IDIOT!
    1) Drafted onto a terrible team(No O-line or WR’s).
    2) Changed OC’s and systems almost every year of his career.
    3) Sustained season-ending injuries thanks to awful protection.
    The Rams should not have taken Bradford, they should have built up the rest of the team first. However, because they did draft Bradford…for his sake, I hope he doesn’t play a single snap this year.

  20. prophet of the light says: Jun 5, 2010 1:17 PM

    @Hap,
    They hired a consultant… Matt something. Miller? No… something like that. (or at least that was how it seemed)
    @Evan Silva,
    You negated to mention that Nate Allen cracked the First Team due to a torn ACL (of Marlin Jackson)

  21. ryanrodgers says: Jun 5, 2010 1:19 PM

    What f****** jokes!!!!!!

  22. brasho says: Jun 5, 2010 1:37 PM

    tnsteve says:
    June 5, 2010 12:29 PM
    You can’t compare him to non-QB’s. How many rookie QB’s have been installed on the first team the first week of June in recent memory? Not many…
    _____________________
    At least one person on here isn’t suffer from a severe case of retardness.
    QB’s ARE DIFFERENT! How many QBs in recent memory were announced as the immediate starters BEFORE training camp has even started… not just recently, but even of the guys recently elected to the Hall-of-Fame. Elway, Marino, Montana, Bradshaw, and almost of all of the others weren’t even starters when their rookie seasons started! How important is it that Bradford isn’t 1st string in June?

  23. Tre-nitty says: Jun 5, 2010 1:41 PM

    Funny how idiots on here call him a bust and he hasn’t taken a snap. Dude is a beast and playing in the nfc west, is even better for him. In 3 years, he will be a top 10 qb in this league.

  24. roscoe says: Jun 5, 2010 1:49 PM

    “jsinforo says:
    June 5, 2010 12:38 PM
    haha, i love how these cowboy fans put all this faith in these undrafted scrubs that make up their first team offense..”
    A first team offense that ranked 2nd in the league last year. I love how these “fans” of other teams have no knowledge whatsoever of the game. Unless you’re a Saints fan, only team that had a better offense, then STFU!

  25. jsinforo says: Jun 5, 2010 2:10 PM

    well maybe when the cowboy’s get more than one playoff win in the past decade then you can talk roscoe… until then, you my friend should STFU

  26. edgy1957 says: Jun 5, 2010 2:26 PM

    Wow, a guy who has to know an entire playbook isn’t starting while a bunch of guys who don’t are – BIG SHOCK. Unlike Detroit, who chose to throw Stafford to the wolves (and look at how many games he missed because of injuries), they want to give him time to acclimate as the Bucs did with Freeman.

  27. Jagerbolt says: Jun 5, 2010 2:29 PM

    It’s been said multiple times already but I’m adding to the dogpile.
    Horrible comparison of players. Let’s compare him to the other rookie QBs shall we? And what a shocker, not a single one of them has cracked the 1st team during OTAs!

  28. Bious says: Jun 5, 2010 4:24 PM

    Bradford probably won’t see 1st team snaps for many years when the Rams force themselves to play him due to his contract
    He doesn’t have the arm for the NFL
    He doesn’t run a system that is NFL ready
    He doesn’t have the space in college that his WR’s had

  29. philyeagles5 says: Jun 5, 2010 5:41 PM

    this site is just getting worse and worse. its a lot easier for any other position besides QB to start as a rookie. this article is just stupid and pointless.

  30. SOUTH FLORIDA SOONER says: Jun 10, 2010 10:11 AM

    Evan, totally agree with some of the comments…you are really reaching for something to write about. Comparing Bradford’s role on second team at this stage of OTA workouts is ridiculous. Let’s write about him at mid season and then you may have more credibility.

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