Sam Bradford could be getting help from Ben McDaniels

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After the lockout started, some (including us) speculated that Rams quarterback Sam Bradford could learn new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ offense with the help of unemployed (for now) Ben McDaniels, who also happens to be Josh’s brother.

With Bradford, the 2010 AP offensive rookie of the year, being coy about the persons with whom he’s working to learn the Josh McDaniels offense, Rams guru Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hinted during a recent online chat that there may be some merit to such ruminations.

“This is one rare occasion where I wouldn’t necessarily dispute the conspiracy theorists,” Thomas wrote in response to the question of whether Ben McDaniels is quietly working with Bradford.

Though the lockout rules prevent Bradford from working with Josh McDaniels, nothing prevents Bradford from working with Ben McDaniels.  Even if, as Thomas believes, Ben McDaniels will eventually be hired by the Rams to work as an assistant coach.

21 responses to “Sam Bradford could be getting help from Ben McDaniels

  1. The owners should be policing themselves, not okay-ing the gray area for the coaches to take advantage of.

  2. I suppose if teams were smart, they would just lay off all the coaches, have them become private contractors, then rehire them when the lockout ends. All’s fair in love and labor practice, apparently.

  3. Big money. Jobs and careers on the line. If he (Bradford) can do this – and it sounds legal – why not? Wish my Niners had such a loophole.

  4. Why can’t teams give 10 playbooks to players under contract? Then if the player hands them out to the rookies, it’s not really the team doing it.

  5. Anyone else think bradfords career just got a huge helping hand? I mean he looked great his rookie season and idc what you think of mcdonalds as a head coach but the man can coach a qb. It should be very exciting!

  6. If Bradford wants to continue to be a successful NFL QB…he needs to stay far, far away from the McKnucklehead brothers….

    It will be years before the Broncos recover from the mess McDaniels left in Denver….

  7. COACHES FILED A BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF PLAYERS. WANT LOCKOUT LIFTED. STORY??

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    You mean “future ex” coaches sfiled a brief in support of players. Want lockout lifted story?

  8. time2speakup says: May 25, 2011 6:54 PM

    Big money. Jobs and careers on the line. If he (Bradford) can do this – and it sounds legal – why not? Wish my Niners had such a loophole.
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    They do, it’s called Andrew Luck. Story was that their rookie QB was going to be spending time with Luck to learn Harbaugh’s system.

  9. bigjd says: May 25, 2011 7:37 PM

    Why can’t teams give 10 playbooks to players under contract? Then if the player hands them out to the rookies, it’s not really the team doing it.
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    They did during the brief period the lockout was lifted, although it’s not as simple as it seems. There’s isn’t one playbook, but a series of positional playbooks.

  10. Please, dear Lord, let this be a precursor to all sorts of stories about coaches’ lesser-known family members. I want to know all about the Frank Stallones of the NFL.

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