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Sam Bradford “not surprised at all” Rams on verge of playoffs

The Rams are one win away from the playoffs, one year after going 1-15, making St. Louis one of the pleasant surprises of the 2010 NFL season.

But Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford says he sees no reason to be surprised.

“I’m really not surprised at all,” Bradford said on 101 ESPN in St. Louis, via “Obviously, I knew coming into this situation, there had been some tough times here. To me, I looked at it as a fresh start. I hadn’t been here in the past. This team was different. We were a new team this year. We started the year just like anybody else. 0-0. It doesn’t matter what we had done the previous year, what we had done the previous three years.”

As I wrote in today’s Wall Street Journal, if the Rams beat the Seahawks on Sunday Bradford will join Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Baltimore’s Joe Flacco as the only rookie quarterbacks to start all 16 games for a playoff team. Bradford might not consider it a surprise that he’s close to playing in the postseason, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone else who predicted eight months ago that Bradford would have the Rams on the verge of the playoffs.

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  1. kmdp4 says: Dec 28, 2010 5:00 PM

    Great job they have won 7 games and play in the worst division in football, they get to play Seattle twice Arizona twice and San Fransico twice real tough schedule there.

    So we are now giving hype to a team that still needs to win this Sunday to get into the playoffs with an 8-8 record.

  2. hobartbaker says: Dec 28, 2010 5:01 PM

    “We started off the year like everyone else, 0-0. With a bit of luck this weekend we’ll get back to .500.”.

  3. dougrenwick says: Dec 28, 2010 5:11 PM

    I think the bigger surprise is not that Bradford and the Rams will most likely be in the playoffs, but that the 49ers wont be. The Niners were expected to win the NFC West by almost every analyst out there. OOPS!

  4. slippyal2 says: Dec 28, 2010 5:20 PM

    A 7-9 team being allowed into the playoffs, these are the true sisters of the poor. The Bengals, Bills, and Vikings would stomp that pathetic division. This is good turn around for the Rams, but that division is sad and embarrassing.

  5. grendelg says: Dec 28, 2010 5:22 PM

    The biggest surprise is that his shoulder held up all year after coming apart twice in college.

  6. bnwpnw says: Dec 28, 2010 5:45 PM

    I’m predicting the Seahawks beat the Patriots to win Super Bowl XLV. WHO’S WITH ME?

  7. ticewasbetter says: Dec 28, 2010 5:52 PM

    Yeah, because they play in the NFC West. After watching the Vikings all year I thought I’d seen some bad football but then while switching back in forth between the Bears game and the Rams vs 49ers that was HORRIBLE football.

    The Seahawks, 49ers and Cardinals should hope the Vikings don’t move to L.A. as they would dominate with even Joe (should be a WR) Webb at QB. And the opposite could be said for the Rams who would become the new Lions of the NFC North…

    Again, after watching the Vikings play some BAD football they’re not nearly as bad as the entire NFC West.

    Packers or Saints will walk all over the Rams in two weeks.

  8. scoob766 says: Dec 28, 2010 6:10 PM

    kmdp4 says: Dec 28, 2010 5:00 PM

    Great job they have won 7 games and play in the worst division in football, they get to play Seattle twice Arizona twice and San Fransico twice real tough schedule there.

    So we are now giving hype to a team that still needs to win this Sunday to get into the playoffs with an 8-8 record.


    Wow sounds like someone is mad at life. I’m not even a Rams fan, but you seem to have daddy issues.

  9. canjura says: Dec 28, 2010 6:11 PM

    Jesus Christ all the haters on here. You can only play the schedule you’re given. Rams were a stronger team that their record shows. Lost to the Bucs by 1 in Tampa Bay (a potential playoff team), Raiders by 2 in Oakland (another team who had a shot at a playoff team), hung in there with Falcons until the 4th quarter in Atlanta (19-2 since Matt Ryan took over in the Georgia Dome), lost by 3 to the 49’ers in San Francisco (the team EVERYONE says is the far and away best team in the NFC West), lost by 4 to a very hot Derrick Anderson (for one week, but he was hot) in week one. They also beat the San Diego Chargers (were ranked #1 offensively AND defensively).

    49ers lost by 3 to the Saints, by 2 in Atlanta, by 3 to the Eagles. Yeah, the 49’ers fell apart once Crapatary started doing his QB shuffle dance, but that is on the coaches, not on the players.

  10. jhorton83 says: Dec 28, 2010 6:11 PM

    If the Rams do get in the playoffs, it’ll be with an 8-8 record. That would be far more tolerable than a 7-9 Seahawks team that seems to get blown out every week hosting a playoff game.

  11. bcgreg says: Dec 28, 2010 6:13 PM

    Not surprised? That makes one of us.

  12. h8dansnyder says: Dec 28, 2010 6:15 PM

    Hope those 2 turd teams tie.

  13. scoob766 says: Dec 28, 2010 6:20 PM

    ticewasbetter- Judging by your name you know nothing about sports. The Queens are a joke. They will be drafting top 10 for the next 8-10 years. The team is horrible, FYI it wasn’t a coaching issue it was a team issue. Jared Allen is overrated, AP is great, but the rest of the offense is trash. Harvin is doubtful weekly as he is a pansy with migraines.

  14. jbaxt says: Dec 28, 2010 6:35 PM

    effing priceless, as a Chiefs fans we’re basically new to the whole post season thing, basically since the 90’s. The Chiefs were supposed to be a 6-7 win team and in the middle of a growth spurt. With the luck of having the NFC worst on the schedule the Chiefs went 4-0. I think the Chiefs are likely a top 12 team in the NFL, but they at least deserve it that recognition, they’ve won 10, possible 11. The rams suck! Bradford’s going to go 8-8, MAYBE, and we’re comparing him to good teams/QB’s that had legit records making the playoffs?

  15. emperorzero says: Dec 28, 2010 6:48 PM

    You know what? Last year they couldn’t beat anyone in that pathetic division, so I’m happy for them they have seven wins. That’s about six more than most would have predicted. They still have a long ways to go, but the draft is finally starting to produce for them after about six years of coming up dry.

  16. jlswisc says: Dec 28, 2010 6:54 PM


    I wouldnt call these people haters, more like realist if you ask me. You seem to be making excuses for loses, i do believe you play to win the game, not come close (hell the horrible redskins have been close in lots of games, should they be in the playoffs?)

    Lets look at the rams. They are 7-8, so at best they make the playoffs at 8-8, and thats not 8-8 in the AFC East or something. At worst they finish 7-9 tied for the division but miss the playoffs and the west sends an under .500 team to the playoffs, pretty good division.

    The rams have:

    1 win against a .500 or better team. ONE.

    0 wins against playoff teams

    4 losses to teams over .500

    6 wins over teams with 6 or less wins. Including 4 wins over last place teams.

    3 losses to last place teams.

    This team does not deserve to be in the playoffs. NYG, TB, or GB will be sitting at home and everyone knows thats not legit. Yes the Rams can win their division and MAYBE they can pull off a Cardinals esk run, but i dont see it happening, they are not built like that.

  17. abninf says: Dec 28, 2010 6:58 PM

    The W-L record they have is not a suprise. Their chance for a playoff spot is just luck.

  18. bigbluefan1 says: Dec 28, 2010 6:59 PM

    I hope that Spags gets to the playoffs and beyond
    He is a great coach and we miss him in the Swamp

    Dear Rams please let us have him back

  19. rammmjammm says: Dec 28, 2010 7:05 PM

    Bradford and the Rams are the story of the season!

    EVERY SINGLE ONE of the “experts” (AND all the the misspelling idiots here posting constantly that the NFC West sucks like they’re making some kind of profound statement), predicted that the Rams would be the worst team in the league…or that Bradford would be a bust…or be injured because the Rams had no offensive line.

    How does it feel to be WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!


  20. commandercornpone says: Dec 28, 2010 7:14 PM

    sure the rams are back… they were .500 last time they went to the playoffs too…

  21. jstrizzle says: Dec 28, 2010 7:19 PM

    scoob766 says:
    Dec 28, 2010 6:20 PM
    ticewasbetter- Judging by your name you know nothing about sports. The Queens are a joke. They will be drafting top 10 for the next 8-10 years. The team is horrible, FYI it wasn’t a coaching issue it was a team issue. Jared Allen is overrated, AP is great, but the rest of the offense is trash. Harvin is doubtful weekly as he is a pansy with migraines.

    Judging by your post you know nothing about sports either. Jared Allen had an off year, it happens and people like you jump all over it because of stupidity. Look at Julius Peppers career stats and you will see a down year and people were calling him washed up and look at him now. Harvin is a Pro Bowler when healthy and calling someone with Migraines a pansy is clearly idiotic and you obviously don’t know anyone close with the issue. Sidney Rice is another Pro Bowler when healthy. Hutchinson is a future Hall of Famer. McKinnie is serviceable and made the Pro Bowl last year. Not to mention we have Chad Greenway and Kevin Williams who are both superb. And to say that any team will be drafting in the top 10 for the next 8 to 10 years makes me question your football knowledge even more because historically that doesn’t really happen. Only a few teams have ever done that. Take your 3rd grade football knowledge to a different board.

  22. importantpftcomment says: Dec 28, 2010 7:41 PM


    Just curious — where did you get your doctrine at and why are you not the one to treat Percy Harvin with his migraines? If you think he being such a pansy, you must know the exact thing needed to cure them!

    Migraines are not something I would wish on my ex and I don’t like her!

  23. borisbulldog says: Dec 28, 2010 8:22 PM

    You need to post the rest of the interview where Bradford also won’t be surprised if the Rams pull a one and done in the play-offs!

  24. cjspiller12 says: Dec 28, 2010 9:02 PM

    If any of these teams were in the AFC East, they would be in last place………..on the other hand, if the Bills were in NFC West, they would be in first place by a mile!!! The Bills played the 2nd toughest schedule in the NFL………..none of these teams can say that.

  25. jdgsatx says: Dec 28, 2010 9:31 PM

    Why are people crying about an 8-8 team making the playoffs? This is similar to the 2008 season where an 8-8 Chargers team advanced in a weak AFC west division that included the 8-8 Broncos, 5-11 Raiders, and 2-14 Chiefs. So there is a chance that Bucs, Giants, or Packers dont make the post season… oh well. Should have stepped up and won the games when they had the chance. The Rams were not even supposed to be in this position so weak division or not, its an impressive turn around for this franchise.

  26. watwatinbutt says: Dec 29, 2010 2:56 AM

    There sure is a lot of butthurt on here… People complain about the Rams schedule, but they are also the youngest offense in the NFL, with a depleted unknown receiving group, and young O-Line with a rookie QB…. What they have done after being 1-15 is amazing. They have won more games this year than the last three combined. Stop crying about it.

  27. mizzouram says: Dec 29, 2010 12:58 PM

    jlswisc, kmdp4say, & sjbaxt say:

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! IT’S NOT FAIR!!!!!!! WhAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

  28. ramcountry says: Dec 29, 2010 5:28 PM

    The Rams were one special teams TD away from being 0-16 in 2009. What are you guys trying to convince us of, exactly? That the Rams aren’t very good? Well, we know that. That they wouldn’t be in first in any other division? We know that too.

    The Rams went from one to seven wins in one year. Their defensive ranking climbed from 31st to 15th. Now they’re playing in prime time to try and get into the playoffs. If an easy schedule was all they needed, more than just a few kooks inside the organization would’ve believed a worst to first prediction back in August.

    So you guys can point out their schedule, huff and puff, stomp your feet, hold your breath, wave your arms about, but no one’s listening. The Rams are what their record says they are. JLSWISC, if playing an easy schedule or losing to an team with a worse record than yours renders you illegitimate, than no one goes to the playoffs this year, including the Patriots. Grow up.

  29. dafranchize says: Dec 30, 2010 2:57 PM

    LMFAO How many of these cry baby kids’ teams have won the Super Bowl in the last decade? Raise your hand. Nobody? LMAO

    Rams won in 2000 with 4 certified Hall of Fame players and then had to go through a rebuilding process, and now they have 1 of the 2 best QB’s with less than 3 years expeirence. How many records did Bradford break this year, or accomplish for the first time by a rookie QB? LMAO

    Hey Minny fans, hows that Favre working out for ya? I guess once fat Pat and garbo Kevin Dub got off the roids and ephedrine they dissapeared didn’t they? And can you tell Jared Allen to please stop the run? Just once? Please. I mean opposing teams run at him like he’s Simeon Ricem, oh wait, he is the white version of Rice. LMAO

    And why was a Bills fan talking? I mean Ryan Fotzpatrick? C’mon man. He was a Rams castaway, and your garbage Bills played themselves right out of the Luck sweepstakes. Maybe you’ll draft another RB, and that’ll be 4 times in the last 7 years. LMFAO

    AFC North? I mean really? Bengals went back to being the Bungals, and Browns, or well the Browns. Steelers are the only team thats legit, and the Ravens still have a garbage offense. I mean after a decade of being completely offensive deprived you’d think they’d get one year where their O could pick up the D. I guess you’ll have to wait till next year. Have fun with no touch Flacco QBing your squad until he turns in the Carson. And it will happen.

    As for anybody esle that has something to say, if your not the Pats, Steelers or Saints hop off kids. The Rams were playoff contenders for 6 consecutive years, with 4 certified HoF’s. Pace, Holt, Warner and Bruce, and Faulf could go in as a Ram if he wanted to. How many of your squads can actually say that? Not many I would bet.

    For anyone else, please Haters Get@Me…hahahahaha

    U MAD?
    8-8 team making the playoffs with a stud rookie QB who is being considered the best since Peyton. Haters U MAD?

    Ya U Mad

  30. cbedard81 says: Jan 1, 2011 10:01 PM

    hahaa loving what dafranchize wrote..agree on all of it!!!

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